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Creating point text

From: Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

Video: Creating point text

Illustrator, there is more than just graphics; it does text too. In fact, sometimes text can be the most important part of the design you are working on. When it comes to creating and managing text in Illustrator, there are two important concepts or two different types of text that you could work with. There is something called point text and then there is something called area text and we will deal with those two separately. For this movie, we are going to focus on using point text. Now I have this file open. It's called basic_text. You will find in Chapter 06 of your exercise files. Well, I have actually used this file for the remaining chapter. I'll go over to my Tool panel and I'll choose here the Type tool.

Creating point text

Illustrator, there is more than just graphics; it does text too. In fact, sometimes text can be the most important part of the design you are working on. When it comes to creating and managing text in Illustrator, there are two important concepts or two different types of text that you could work with. There is something called point text and then there is something called area text and we will deal with those two separately. For this movie, we are going to focus on using point text. Now I have this file open. It's called basic_text. You will find in Chapter 06 of your exercise files. Well, I have actually used this file for the remaining chapter. I'll go over to my Tool panel and I'll choose here the Type tool.

The way that you create point text in Illustrator is you simply click and then release the mouse right away. Don't click and drag or anything else for that matter and you will see a blinking cursor on the screen. Now if you are coming from an application like InDesign, for example, or QuarkXPress, you may be familiar with the concepts of creating a frame. You click and drag out to create a frame and your text is inside of a frame. Well, here my point text is not bound by anything. In reality, Illustrator does have the concept of a frame that's what we will talk about in the next movie when we learn about area text. But point text is not bound by anything except for the single point that you just created now wherever you clicked and I'll show you where that exists as well.

But for now, I just simply have this blinking cursor that I can put anywhere on my page. I'm going to start typing. Let's say I type in, let's say in all caps here, SAFETY RULES. Let's say, we do that, some surfing safety rules. So now I have this text, let's talk about some basic settings over here just to make a little bit more apparent and working with it. If I go ahead and I press Ctrl+A or Command+A, it will select all my text that I have right there. Alternatively, I can just use my regular Arrow tool here and click on it to select it. I'm going to do a few things. First of all, I'm going to go to the View menu and I'm going to basically Hide Bounding Box, because I want you to focus on exactly what's happening here with text and that way we become readily apparent in a moment.

I'm also going to change the point size, let's make this x a bit bigger so we could see it maybe around 60 points. So there we go, now it says SAFETY RULES nice and clear. Let's take a look over here. I have this underline that appears underneath the words. SAFETY RULES and then on the far left I have this anchor points. Everything always comes down to these anchor points in Illustrator. Well, that anchor point is what defines this text and that's really why this is called point text, is because that anchor point is where that text basically emanates from. It's important to realize that because should I decide that I want to align that text differently again that point is going to be the main -- yes, you can say point of contact with that text. For example, right now, if I look at my paragraph setting here in my Control panel, I see that my text is aligned left.

If I were to choose align center, watch what happens. The point where -- the anchor point where I created the text remains stationary but the text becomes centered on that point and if I align my text to the right, then you will see that again the point remains stationary but the text now aligns itself to the right and basically that's why I have the alignment set that way. Lets go back to align left for a minute here and that's just the important thing about understanding what point text is, because there is no frame or there is nothing that encompasses this particular text. The text goes on forever. So, for example, if I just type in SAFETY RULES FOR A WONDERFUL, and notice that as I'm typing my text just keeps going, it doesn't wrap at the end of the page. It keeps going on and on that's because there is no balance for this particular object, it will keep going until I type a return.

For example, if I hit the Return key or the Enter key on my keyboard, I then get a second line. SUMMERTIME FUN, I'm not making any sense with what I'm typing over here. But basically I can go ahead and just add as many lines as I want to. We will talk more about the settings for these in a moment, but that's how you create point text inside of Illustrator. I'll tell you. Let me actually delete this here, so we can go back to SAFETY RULES here. Usually in Illustrator, the type of text that you will create most often will be point text. If you are creating like a diagram and you wan to have a little caption or a little bit of a call out. You probably use point text for that, it's easy to align them.

For example, I know that my text is right now aligned to the left; I can grab that anchor point and snap it to anything else. If I want it to center, I can do it that way. Point text is probably used the most often. It's also the most simple to create. You just click anywhere and you start going. So that's how you create point text inside of Illustrator. Now that we understand that basic premise, let's move on to the other kind of text that exists inside of Illustrator, which is called area text.

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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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