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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 you have paragraphs of text inside of your document, Illustrator can use hyphens to help solve spacing problems. That means, for example, maybe I only have room for a part of a word on one line. Instead of having a wide gap or extra space, I'll simply hyphenate, I'll have a few letters, and then I'll have a hyphen, and then I'll finish the word on the next line. However, there may be times when you want hyphenating to happen and to occur in your document, but there are certain words that for some reason you don't ever want those words to be hyphenated. A really good example is maybe your company name.
You have maybe your company name appearing many times throughout a brochure. You definitely want type to look good, so you want it to hyphenate throughout the brochure, but there is never a time where you ever want your company name, which might be a trademark name, to actually appear with a hyphen inside of it. You don't want the company name to start on one line and then complete on another line. Well, there are two ways to manage that process. There is the manual way, where you actually go through your entire document and proofread it, and you make sure that there's no places within your document where your company name is hyphenated, and then simply go ahead and maybe force it to the next line manually.
Or you can use the setting inside of Illustrator called No Break, where you could specify that a certain selection of text should never hyphenate under any circumstances. Let's take a look at this example right here in this document called non-breaking. I have the word here "powerful" which right now is hyphenated on the first line. Now let's say for some reason I never want the word powerful to ever be hyphenated, no matter what situation it might be under. So what I can do is I can take my Type tool and I can actually highlight that word powerful right here.
Now that it's selected, I can go to my Character panel and from the flyout menu of my Character panel, choose No Break. When I do that, you can now see that Illustrator no longer hyphenates the word powerful. That's because I've told Illustrator that with that selection, I never want that to be broken with a hyphen. No matter how I now go ahead and change the size of this frame, there'll never be a situation or a time when the word "powerful" will actually be hyphenated. And again, this could be useful for when you have certain words that you don't ever want to have with a hyphen.
For example, I know that Adobe when it comes to their trademarks like the word Photoshop or the word Illustrator, they never want those words to be hyphenated in any of their materials. So, they give those words a No Break setting. That way they are assured that no matter where that word is appeared in all their print materials, it will never get hyphenated. So keep this No Break setting in mind. It could become quite useful when working with text inside of Illustrator.
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