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Creating point and area text

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Video: Creating point and area text

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.

Creating point and area text

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: me@roux.edu.

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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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

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Justin Seeley
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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