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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
When you're creating text here inside of Illustrator, you've actually got two options for creating text: one is called Point text, and the other is called Area text. In this movie, I'll be exploring both Point and Area text, and discussing the differences between them, and why you would use one versus the other. Point text is the simplest way to add text to a document inside of Illustrator, you go over to the text tool in the Tools panel, grab it, point to an area you want to add type to, and then click and start typing; it's that simple. Area text is a little bit different.
Area text implies that you have a lot of type that you need to set, and it's going to be inside of a specified area that you define. So instead of just pointing and clicking, you actually draw out a box, and put the text inside of it. Let's go ahead and start by adding some point text to this document first. I'm going to go ahead and click somewhere in this region here, and just click one time to start typing. Once I do that, I'll get a blinking cursor, and I can then start typing out my text. In this case, for this business card that I'm working on, I'm just going to type out my name.
Once I've got that done, I'm going to select the Selection tool, and then move it into place. I want it some more close the center of this flower over here on the right-hand side; there we go! So in this case, I think Point text works well for my name, because it's just the one single piece by itself. However, now I want to add some information, like my contact info, for instance, and I want that to be in a box somewhere in this region here, but I don't want to accidentally overlap something, like the flower, or the logo on the left, so I'm going to constrain it inside of a box that I define. I'm going to use the Type tool do this, just like I did with the Point text.
The only difference is, instead of pointing and clicking, I'm going to click and drag out a box first. Let's go grab the Type tool. I'll come right in this region here, and I'll just click, and start to draw out a box. Once I've got the box the way I like it, I'll just release my mouse. Now I get a blinking cursor, and I can start adding my information in here as well. So I'll add something like tel, for telephone, and I'll type out a fake number. So in this case, I'll do 111-555-1234. On the next line, I'll type out something like fax: 111-555-5678. And then I'll do email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll notice, when I do that, it flows on to the next line, and it hyphenate, and that's okay; we can fix that later on. Finally, I'll add one more line, and I'll add my address, so I'll do 123 Main Street. If I run out of space, that's no big deal; I can simply grab the Selection tool, and increase the size of the box, then I'll come back and double-click, and continue adding information. Again, if I go outside the box, it's no big deal. I can always come back in and edit this, and I'm going to show you how to do basic text editing in a future movie.
Once I have my type set, I can switch to my Selection tool, and I can move it around. I can also increase the size of the box to accommodate more information. Once I do that, it automatically reflows, and I can then adjust, like so. So remember, any time you want to create a singular text object that doesn't necessarily need to be constrained by a box, you want to create what's called Point text; you grab the Type tool, you point, you click, you type it out. If you have a lot of information that needs to be constrained within a specific area, then you need to go up and grab the Type tool, click and drag out a box, and fill the information inside of the box.
Either way, you have full control over these Type objects, and as you'll see in a future movie, the editing possibilities are endless.
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