Adobe Illustrator's Baseline Shift effect changes the elevation of selected text. By default, text uses a Baseline Shift of zero, which means the bottom of the text is positioned directly on the baseline. Increasing the Baseline Shift value raises the text above the baseline to give a floating appearance. Likewise, decreasing the value drops the text below the baseline. An example of a time you might use this feature is when assigning text to a path. Depending on your Baseline Shift value, you can have the text follow the outer or inside edge of the path.
Click the "Selection Tool" button from the Tools panel or press "V."
Click the text box you wish to change. To simultaneously select multiple text boxes, hold the "Ctrl" key while clicking each text box.
Click "Character" from the Type bar, and enter a new value in the bottom left Baseline Shift section. You can directly type values, click the incremental arrows or select a value from the drop-down menu. Changes are immediately applied to the selected text.
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- Information in this article applies to Adobe Illustrator CS6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.