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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
By this time, we have done a beautiful job of formatting the title of this document and the byline but the poem itself, which is ostensibly the most important part of the document, looks terrible. Now we could go to all the trouble of hand formatting this type or we could automate things a little bit using the Eyedropper tool. That's what we are going to do. We are going to use the Eyedropper to lift the Formatting Attributes from the byline and assign them to the poem. I'm working inside of a document called Unformatted poem.ai found inside of the 08_type folder. If you are still working inside the original document, right along with me, then stick with it.
So, here is what we are going to do. With the Black Arrow tool, just because it is the easiest way to work, go ahead and click on this text block right there in order to select it and then I want you to grab the Eyedropper, either by selecting it from the toolbox or you can press the I key. Because we don't have any type selected, we are not going to replace that type with the character I, so you can go ahead and press the I key as well. Now, that I have got the Eyedropper, notice that it appears as a Standard Eye Dropper Cursor until I move over this text right here, then I get a little T next to my Eyedropper showing me that I'll lift the Formatting Attributes associated with this type. So click and then you have got the hand formatted the type automatically. Beautiful. Except that of course it looks terrible.
So, let's switch over to the bounding box here. We are done with the Eye Dropper. That's all we can do with that tool. So let's go ahead and click on the Black Arrow tool, or of course, press the V key in order to select it from the keyboard. Press Ctrl+Shift+B or Command+Shift+B for the bounding box, and let's drag this guy over here a little bit and then drag this handle upward like so. And this is the area roughly that we want to fill with text, next to this left-hand sock, that is, and above the right-hand sock. We might even move this up, just a little bit. So, now let's go ahead and format this text manually and we are going to do that with the text still selected with the Black Arrow tool. Now, the big problem at this point is that the text is indented so far over to the right. We have got this huge indent going on. And that's an indent that's left over from the byline. So, you may recall if I click over on this text, that I got rid of the indent for the title, but I left the indent intact for the byline.
So that's why we brought it over to this text as well. So, click on the poem text and I'm going to press Ctrl+Alt+T or Command+Option+T on the MAC to bring up the Paragraph palette. You can also just click on this icon right here in the column of icons or you could click on the Word Paragraph up here in the Control palette. Either way, you want to get to this first option and you want to change it to zero, to get rid of that indent. So, we are done with that palette, make it go away or let's just go ahead and switch over to the Character palette actually, because I want to change the size of my text to 22 point. I just know this. Again you can take advantage of the keyboard shortcuts, if you want to. Then I'll press the tab key to switch over to Leading value and I'm going to change it to Auto, in order to automatically set it to 120% of the type size, which in our case is going to be 26.4 point. Very nice.
You may notice that our text sort of wraps off here. "I thinks I'll puts it on". So "it on" wraps to the next line and that's going to get rid of the space that we need available to us for the other stanza or the poem there that appears on this page. So, we need to move our text closer together. We have got a lot of tracking going on. Let's go ahead and reset that Tracking value to Zero. So, we did go ahead and make a few modifications to our text, this you can see here, Vs are V, the way that the byline looked. But the Byline formatting was a great place to start. So, let's go ahead and hide the Character palette and move the bottom of this text block up a little bit and I might even nudge the text upward by pressing the Up arrow key a few times. Pressing the right arrow key a few times as well, whatever, just to get it in place.
Now, we still have a problem, big problem, which is that we have over set text. Notice this little red plus sign there. That's telling us we have all kinds of poetry that has not been placed inside of this document. Place it, we will, in the very next exercise.
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