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Adjusting your type settings

From: Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting your type settings

Before you get started working with Type inside of Illustrator, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Type settings that are available to you. In this movie, I'll be exploring the various Type settings, and how you can utilize those make working with Type a little bit more of a pleasurable experience. First thing we are going to do is we are going to go up to the Edit menu, and we're going to choose Preferences, and then we are going to go to Type. Inside of the Type section, there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of. The top section here controls some of the basic options that would exist normally inside of a Character or Paragraph panel.

Adjusting your type settings

Before you get started working with Type inside of Illustrator, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Type settings that are available to you. In this movie, I'll be exploring the various Type settings, and how you can utilize those make working with Type a little bit more of a pleasurable experience. First thing we are going to do is we are going to go up to the Edit menu, and we're going to choose Preferences, and then we are going to go to Type. Inside of the Type section, there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of. The top section here controls some of the basic options that would exist normally inside of a Character or Paragraph panel.

Now, you can set these defaults if you want to, but in most cases, you're going to actually be changing these as you go by utilizing those panels. We'll cover those panels in depth in their own movie a little bit later on. Another thing you might want to be aware of is Type Object Selection by Path Only. This is a lot like the selection preference, where you had to actually click on the path in order to select the object. But in this case, you would actually have to select the type path in order to make the type object selected. Let me show you exactly what I mean by this. I am going to hit Cancel here for a second, and I am just going to come out and type some basic text.

I am then going to grab my Selection tool -- and I am going to blow it up pretty big, so you can see it. Now when I get close to this type, you can see here that I don't actually have to be on the type to click on it, and select it. However, if I have that option turned on that I was just talking about -- I have to go to Edit > Preferences > Type, and I turn on Type Object Selection by Path Only, and hit OK -- you'll notice, now, that I actually have to be really close to the type in order to select it; I actually have to click on the path that it lives on. This is the path that it lives on; this little baseline looking thing at the bottom.

So in order to select this type, I have to click right here. If you don't like that, you can go back into Preferences, and turn that off. Again, that's Edit > Preferences, and then going back to Type. For this particular chapter, I am going to turn this off, although when I am normally working inside of Illustrator, I do have this turned on. You can also choose to Show Font Names in English; Show Asian Options if you need to. Number of Recent Fonts; this is a big one. If you're working with a lot of different fonts, you might want to up this number a little bit. However, if you only work with a set core of fonts -- let's say, you have one or two big clients, and they both use just three or four fonts -- you can actually back down the number of recently used fonts to suit your needs.

The recently used fonts are going to pop up in the Font menu when you're selecting fonts to let you know of ones that you've recently been using. This is extremely helpful, because it allows you to get to the fonts you use most often, very quickly, without having to scroll through the entire list. The last Type setting that is really important to me is Font Preview. By default, it's set to Medium, but some people actually like to put it on Small. Let me show you the differences between all three settings here. Let's leave it on Small, and hit OK. When I go to change the font of this, I could go up to the Control panel, and click, but I don't get a representation of what the fonts look like in the Control panel.

If I go up to the Type menu, however, and go to Font, you'll see here that I get a list of all the fonts, and they are actually being displayed in that font. Now, in some cases, if you are working on a really big monitor with a high-resolution, if this is set to Small, it's going to be almost impossible to A, read, or B, see what it looks like. You'll notice some of these smaller fonts just sort of run together; they look like little lines to me. So I am going to click away. Let me show you the difference between Small and Large. I'll go back up to the Edit menu, go into Preferences, and go back to my Type, and I'll turn the Preview from Small to Large; hit OK.

Now if I go back to the Type menu, it may take a moment to render, but once it does, you'll see that I get a nice big preview of all the fonts. The downside to using font previews is the fact that it slows down Illustrator a little bit, because it actually has to load all of these fonts for you to see it. But if you absolutely have to see these, because you don't know your fonts by name necessarily, you should turn this on, and I would recommend cranking up the size as well to make it easier to see. It's impossible to know what your preferences are before you actually start working with Type inside of Illustrator.

So it's of my opinion that you should go into Illustrator, and actually do some real-world work before you go in and start changing all of these options. As you start to work, you'll develop your own preferences, and then you can go in and change Illustrator's Preferences to suit your needs.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 73869 viewers

Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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