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In this installment of Illustrator Insider Training, author Mordy Golding shows how to create type that’s both beautiful and communicative, whether it’s destined for logos, brochures, signs, infographics, or simple documents. This course covers core typography concepts, such as working with Unicode and OpenType fonts, applying character and paragraph settings, managing text with styles and text threads, placing text along a path, and wrapping text around graphics.
When I'm working with text inside of just about any design project, I try to avoid actually typing letters, especially if I am going to be copying and pasting text that a client sends me. I don't want to run it to the problem of potentially introducing typos into my document. However, there come many times when I have some text inside of my document but it's set to the wrong case. Like right now, I have this phrase, "Say it with flowers," and maybe I want there to be initial caps for each of these words. So I maybe want a capital I, a capital W, and a capital F for each of the words.
Well, I could take my Type tool and start messing around with actually highlighting the text and changing it to uppercase, but then later on, I might want to change it to lowercase, or like I said before, I don't want to run in the risk of actually introducing potential typos. So it's nice to know that Illustrator has the ability to change case in a few different ways. The nice thing is that I can actually do it at the character level, meaning if I have my type selected this way, or I actually select the entire type object. You'll find this setting here inside the Type menu, under where it says Change Case.
I can either change my text to be all uppercase. I could change it to be all lowercase. I can use title case here, which is what I was looking for it to begin with, where each word begins with a capital letter. Or I can choose sentence case, which I find very useful also, where just the first word gets a capital letter, and then it remains lowercase until it reaches a period or the end of the text string. Of course this setting applies to either working with Point type or Area type, and using this feature is certainly easier than retyping all the words directly from your keyboard.
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