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Creating threaded text

From: Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

Video: Creating threaded text

Even though Illustrator isn't my first choice when it comes to setting body copy in something like a flyer, or a poster, it still can get the job done if you absolutely have to do it. In this movie, I will be exploring how to utilize something called threaded text frames in order to create multicolumn text layouts inside of Illustrator. In this document that I have opened, entitled threaded_flyer, I actually have two text frames on the screen, and if I drag across to select them, you can see both of them: one on the left, and one on the right. What I want to do is be able to flow text from one text frame over to the other one, and any time I add text in one, I want it to adjust, and so forth.

Creating threaded text

Even though Illustrator isn't my first choice when it comes to setting body copy in something like a flyer, or a poster, it still can get the job done if you absolutely have to do it. In this movie, I will be exploring how to utilize something called threaded text frames in order to create multicolumn text layouts inside of Illustrator. In this document that I have opened, entitled threaded_flyer, I actually have two text frames on the screen, and if I drag across to select them, you can see both of them: one on the left, and one on the right. What I want to do is be able to flow text from one text frame over to the other one, and any time I add text in one, I want it to adjust, and so forth.

In Illustrator, you can create threaded text really easily, actually. I've also included, in your exercise files folder, some filler text that you can open up to paste into this document. I am going to switch over now to that exercise file, and I have just got it open in WordPad. It's essentially just Lorem ipsum filler text, and I am going to select it, and copy it to my clipboard with Command+C or Control+C. Then close this up, because I don't need it, and I will go back into Illustrator. Once I am back inside Illustrator, I can find one of these text frames, and start using it. I am going to choose the one on the left.

So I will grab my Type tool, and I will come right inside of it, and I will just click to start typing. Once I see the blinking cursor, I know I am ready to paste. So I will just hit Command+ V or Control+V on my keyboard. When I paste it in, the text automatically pastes. Now, if it doesn't paste in white for you, that's okay; you can just select the text, and then over here, change the color, or simply pick it from your swatches. Either way is fine. Now I am going to hit the Enter twice to create some space, and then I am going to hit Command+V or Control+V again to paste in the text. I will hit Enter twice, and hit Command+V or Control+V again.

You are not seeing anything happen. You are still pasting text into this text frame, but you are overflowing the text frame. You will notice you get a little red sign down here that indicates, hey, you are outside the boundaries of what I can display, and that's okay. Remember, you have got this whole other frame over here that you can utilize for threading. So I am going to go ahead and grab my Selection tool now, and I will zoom in, so you can see what I am doing, and I am going to come down here, and I am going to click right on this little red Plus sign.

When I do that, I get what's called a loaded cursor. The cursor is now loaded with the extra text that wouldn't fit in this box. If I come over, and find this frame it's over on the right, I can actually link this by clicking on it. When I click on it, the text automatically flows between the two objects. You can also see a connecting line going between them. Let's zoom out, so you can see the whole thing. Now anytime I make a change to this, it's going to update in both. So if I come over here, and double-click I can go down, and I can paste in some more.

If I had another frame somewhere on screen, I could then link this frame to it, and have it flow across there as well. If I backspace over some of this text, I can actually get it back to where fits into the frame. I am holding down the Backspace key right now, trying to backspace over as much as I can to get it back to normal. Once I get it back in, I'll simply finish it off by pressing a Period. In Lorem ipsum text, it doesn't matter where you insert periods, just as long as you can see it. All right, so now I have got this two text frames threaded. What if I start to make changes? Well, let's create a little bit of space by deleting this last part again.

And let's say, for instance, that I wanted to change something in this section over here. Maybe I wanted to up the font size, or even add a title to the top. Well, let's go up to the top here; create some space. As I start to create space, you notice this automatically reflows as well. I will come up, and I will call this Really Cool Article. I know; it's a great name. I will select it, and then I am going to blow it up a little bit. Let's change it to about 18 points. Once I get that done, I am also going to change the font.

I will scroll up until I find Georgia, and I will make it Bold, and I will also change the color to orange, then I will click away. You will notice that once I do that, everything has reflowed, and it's still threaded between the two text boxes. I can continue to edit this, and both would update simultaneously, no matter what. And until I break that link, they will always remain threaded, like you see here. So what if you wanted to break the link? Okay; I'll click here, and I will zoom in, so you can see what I am doing.

To break the link between threaded text frames, you come up to the previous text frame, and click right here where the thread ends. Once you do that, you can then click on the path next to it to break the link. The link is now broken. If you would like to add the link back, go down and click the little red cross, make sure you get your loaded cursor, find the next path, wait for the little link icon to appear, and then click to reflow them again. As I said before, Illustrator is not my first choice for setting body copy like this; I actually prefer to do that in InDesign, where I have a better control over styles, and flow, and things like that.

But if you absolutely have to, Illustrator can be quite the typographical powerhouse, as long as you know the secret to using things like this.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

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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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