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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
Once you've got some text set up inside of Illustrator, you're ready to start editing that text, and Illustrator makes it really easy to do so. I'm going to grab my Type tool, and I'll start working on my name right here at the top. I'll select this text, and when I do, you'll notice I get some options up on my control panel. I can actually change my font directly from here, as well as the font style, and the font size. So in this case, I think I'm going to change the font. You can actually change this to whatever font you'd like, but in this case, I'm going to go up and find Arial.
Once I find Arial, I'll select it, and it automatically changes for me, and then for the Font Style, I'll select Bold. If I want to increase the font size, I can do so right here. So I'll bump this up to about 14. Then I'll grab my Selection tool, and I'll move it over here to the left. Now I'll select my Area text that I have down here. To edit Area text, simply double-click, and you'll get a blinking cursor wherever you started to double-click. Once I'm inside there, I can start to make changes. In this case, I'm going to select all the text by using Command+A or Control+A on my keyboard. I'm going to come up here and I'm going to reduce the size of it to 11 points, and I'll change its font to Arial as well.
Once I change it to Arial, if I think it's still too big, I'll back it back down; 9 points looks about right. I may even change the Font Style as well; Narrow, for instance. If I do that, I can then maybe up the font size a little bit. Then I'll switch to my Selection tool. And I'll actually reset my box around it as well. Changing text color inside of Illustrator is actually really easy as well. These act just like any other object that you've created; you can just simply find the object that you want, select it, and then go over to the Swatches panel, and apply a new swatch.
In this case, I'll switch this text to white. The text up here; I want it to be the same color blue as my logo, so I'll just temporarily switch to the Eyedropper tool by hitting the letter I on my keyboard, then I'll click right here. It automatically changes that to the blue. Then I'll click, and click away. So in just a few short and easy steps, I've completely altered the way the text is being displayed here in this business card. This is the basics of text editing, and as you can see, it's really easy to do, and you can make some dramatic changes in just a few clicks.
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