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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.
So throughout this chapter we spoke a lot about both character and paragraph styles, about overrides, and how they all work within your documents. Perhaps the most important aspect is that we've realized that every single document that you create inside of Illustrator already have basic default character styles and paragraph styles inside of them, and that means that every single piece of text that you have in a document, like it or not, has a style applied to it. To save yourself a lot of trouble, you might actually go ahead and change Illustrator's default settings, meaning take those basic character styles and those paragraph styles--meaning the ones that are called Normal inside of a document--and redefine them.
Make them match closer to what your real text is going to look like. In that case you'd have a better chance of actually clearing your overrides, setting more meaningful styles, and working inside of Illustrator in a more intuitive manner. So to actually change your default styles inside of Illustrator, all you need to do is simply press Command+N or Ctrl+N to create your new document. In this case, I'm going to choose my Print Profile, click OK, and you can see that I have a Normal Character Style. I'm going to double-click on that Normal Character Style and you'll see that right now it's set to Myriad Pro.
Now, I may know that throughout this entire campaign that I'm working on I'm going to be using Chaparral, so I'm actually going to click on this little pop-up menu, scroll through my list over here, and chose Chaparral Pro instead, and then click OK. What I've now done is I've actually changed my default character setting inside of Illustrator, because I've modified the Normal Character Style. This also means that every time I create a new character style, it's going to inherit the settings from the Normal Character Style. Likewise, the same thing can apply to the Paragraph Styles panel when dealing with the Normal Paragraph Style.
Anything that I now change inside of the Normal Paragraph Style becomes the basic default setting for all new paragraph styles that I create in this document. So you can certainly use this to your advantage. If I know in the beginning I'm actually going to be working on a large campaign, and I know what my default font is going be, by changing my Normal Paragraph Style and my Normal Character Style closer to what my needs are going to be, I'll never have to worry about accidentally having fonts that maybe don't belong in my document. And if I take the initiative to actually create new document profiles or templates, instead of just creating blank templates using Illustrator's default paragraph and character styles, I can actually create a template that already has a new redefined character and paragraph style which I myself have made changes to, which match what I need that template or that new document profile to match.
So keep in mind that ultimately while Illustrator does have a default setting, it doesn't mean that Adobe is in charge of what that default setting is. You ultimately are in charge of what your default settings are, as long as you take the initiative to go ahead and set them up from the beginning.
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