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Changing default type settings

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Video: Changing default type settings

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.

Changing default type settings

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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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Art, typography, and Illustrator
      4m 23s
    3. Using the exercise files
      26s
  2. 38m 30s
    1. Knowing Illustrator's limitations
      5m 47s
    2. The three type objects in Illustrator
      11m 18s
    3. Area type, point type, and the bounding box
      4m 35s
    4. The difference between type and text
      3m 42s
    5. Unicode: consistent type for all
      4m 23s
    6. Bringing text from Microsoft Word into Illustrator
      8m 45s
  3. 39m 51s
    1. Understanding font types
      6m 28s
    2. Using the Glyphs panel
      8m 30s
    3. OpenType support and automatic glyph replacement
      9m 43s
    4. Previewing fonts as you use them
      5m 0s
    5. Converting text into editable vector paths
      6m 19s
    6. Using the Find Font feature
      3m 51s
  4. 49m 4s
    1. Setting up the document
      12m 26s
    2. Basic character settings and keyboard shortcuts
      7m 28s
    3. Kerning, tracking, and optical kerning
      13m 6s
    4. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      4m 38s
    5. Using the Baseline Shift and Character Rotation options
      7m 28s
    6. Using underlines and strikethroughs
      2m 5s
    7. Working with small caps, superscript, and subscript
      1m 53s
  5. 46m 36s
    1. Basic paragraph settings and keyboard shortcuts
      6m 47s
    2. Setting tabs and leaders
      11m 51s
    3. Setting indents and spacing
      9m 6s
    4. Understanding hyphenation and justification settings
      10m 28s
    5. Understanding the composers in Illustrator
      8m 24s
  6. 16m 7s
    1. Threading text across multiple objects
      8m 17s
    2. Adding multiple text columns in a single object
      3m 29s
    3. Specifying an inset for area type objects
      4m 21s
  7. 32m 53s
    1. Text styles in Illustrator
      7m 6s
    2. Defining and modifying character styles
      10m 40s
    3. Defining and modifying paragraph styles
      5m 0s
    4. Understanding the style override
      5m 3s
    5. Sharing styles across documents
      2m 10s
    6. Changing default type settings
      2m 54s
  8. 37m 9s
    1. Aligning text margins and indents optically
      3m 53s
    2. Creating non-breaking text
      2m 36s
    3. Changing case
      1m 39s
    4. Using smart punctuation
      5m 12s
    5. Selecting type objects easily
      3m 20s
    6. Understanding hidden text codes
      2m 20s
    7. Checking spelling
      3m 3s
    8. Using language support to your advantage
      3m 41s
    9. Changing text with Find and Replace
      3m 54s
    10. Finding substituted fonts and glyphs
      3m 55s
    11. Wrapping text around objects
      3m 36s
  9. 16m 47s
    1. Setting type along a path
      10m 22s
    2. The difference between open and closed paths
      6m 25s
  10. 10m 57s
    1. Understanding legacy text
      4m 23s
    2. Updating legacy text
      6m 34s
  11. 1m 16s
    1. Next steps
      1m 16s

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