Illustrator Curves and Type import into Maya

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Use Adobe Illustrator to create typography

Convert text to outlines. Type->Create Outlines
Save as Illustrator V8 or earlier. 
File Save As...
Input a name
Click Save
Version Illustrator 8


In Maya
Use File->Import to bring in the illustrator file in Maya.



Maya Type
Maya also has a Typography Tool
Create->Type
Edit all the options in the Attribute Editor under the type1 tab