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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text
Illustration by John Hersey

Checking spelling


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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

with Mordy Golding

Video: Checking spelling

Nothing can be more embarrassing than sending a proof to a client and having a typo inside of it. I once had a creative director who stated that, "With the spell checking that we have today inside of computers, it's really unacceptable to actually get any kind of proof from somebody with a typo inside of it." Now, I'm not saying that we should rely totally on spell-checking. As you know, there are many times that even spell-checking won't get it right. Still, using it will certainly help catch the simple stuff. The nice thing about working with Illustrator is that the spell checker actually is pretty good.
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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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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text
4h 55m Intermediate Feb 29, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three type objects in Illustrator
  • Importing text from Microsoft Word
  • Using the Glyphs panel
  • Converting text into editable vector paths
  • Kerning and scaling characters
  • Setting indents and spacing
  • Threading text across multiple objects
  • Sharing styles across multiple documents
  • Understanding style overrides
  • Changing text with Find and Replace
  • Wrapping text
  • Setting type along a path
  • Updating legacy text
Subjects:
Design Typography
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Checking spelling

Nothing can be more embarrassing than sending a proof to a client and having a typo inside of it. I once had a creative director who stated that, "With the spell checking that we have today inside of computers, it's really unacceptable to actually get any kind of proof from somebody with a typo inside of it." Now, I'm not saying that we should rely totally on spell-checking. As you know, there are many times that even spell-checking won't get it right. Still, using it will certainly help catch the simple stuff. The nice thing about working with Illustrator is that the spell checker actually is pretty good.

The way that you invoke it is simply go into the Edit menu and then choose Check Spelling. The keyboard shortcut is Command+I or Ctrl+I. Now, when you choose this option, first of all, understand that there's no way to just spell-check one range of text inside of Illustrator. When you choose this option, it will actually spell-check your entire document. When the dialog box comes up, you can choose to start spell-check, but I just want to show you that on the bottom over here you can click on the word Options, and you can see over here that you have some settings that you can use. For example, you can tell Illustrator to find repeated words or uncapitalized starts of sentences.

You can also tell Illustrator to ignore certain words, like those that are all caps. Quite often those are acronyms. Or you can have Illustrator ignore Roman numerals, or really words that have any numbers inside of them, which could be email addresses, for example. So I'll come over here to the top and I'll click on the Start button and Illustrator will start to go through all of the text. Note, by the way, over here that it says that it's using an English: USA dictionary. And just to quickly show you, I am going to press Done here for a second, if I go to the File menu and I choose Document Setup, you will see that Illustrator's Language is currently set to English: USA.

In another movie we'll actually go into more depth about dealing with languages, but for now I am just going to click Cancel here, and let's go back to spell-checking. I am going to choose Edit and then Check Spelling. Let's click on the Start button, and you can see that Illustrator right away found this word called expres, which is not spelled correctly. And it offers suggestions. It could be expires or the real word express, with two S's here. I am going to choose that option and tell Illustrator to change that. So it changes the word to the correct spelling, and then it finds the next spelling error here, the word treet, which really should be this word over here, treat.

I'll choose to change that, and Illustrator now says that the rest of the text is all spelled correctly. So now I can press Done. So really with a few clicks of the mouse I can make sure that all the text in my document is spelled correctly. Now, I am actually going to press Undo for a second here and, by the way, that will actually undo the entire spell- check, so both of those words now got returned to their original misspelled words. And I'll go back to Check Spelling. And I just want to point out to you that when I choose to actually work through these words--and maybe this word expres is the right word, maybe it's some kind of trademark or some name that I made up for a product that I'm selling--I can choose to add that word to my dictionary.

And doing so it will get saved to my dictionary, and now, anytime that I am using spell check again, it won't get caught by that word. Let me click Done here, and hopefully this will lead to fewer typos in the documents that you send out.

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