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In this installment of Illustrator Insider Training, author Mordy Golding shows how to create type that’s both beautiful and communicative, whether it’s destined for logos, brochures, signs, infographics, or simple documents. This course covers core typography concepts, such as working with Unicode and OpenType fonts, applying character and paragraph settings, managing text with styles and text threads, placing text along a path, and wrapping text around graphics.
Nothing is worse than getting an Illustrator file from somebody else, opening it up on your computer, and then finding out that you're missing fonts. Well, actually there is something worse: opening up a document that's missing fonts without you knowing about it, and then, later on, only towards the end of the project, do you find out that you're missing some fonts. That's if you're lucky. You may not find out until after the job is printed. Well, Illustrator has several ways to alert you to the fact that fonts are missing. So I just want to point these out to you, and you can employ them as needed. So I will go to the File menu here and I'll choose Open.
I will navigate to Chapter 7 of my exercise files, and I will open up this file called substituted.ai. I am going to choose Open, and there is actually a missing font here. You can see here that it says Font Problems. I actually used ChaparralPro Semibold when I created this document, but on my machine I don't have that specific weight of the font. Now, in reality, Illustrator should always throw up a dialog box if you're missing a font in a document, but I can tell you that throughout a day-to-day basis we see so many error dialog boxes, we may not be focusing, we may not realize, we may just click OK or click Open without kind of really paying attention to what this error dialog box is saying.
So I am just going to choose Open and I am going to center this here on my screen, and you can see over here that it says Say it with flowers. Now, we've been looking at this text throughout much of the course, so I can pretty much tell that Myriad is not the typeface that I want to be using here. However, if I look over here at the Character panel, you can see that the word Chaparral Pro is listed as Semibold, but it sure doesn't look that way. It looks just like Myriad does. But you can see that the font here, Chaparral Pro, has a little asterisk next to it. That identifies that what I'm seeing right now is a substituted font.
The person who designed this file actually used Chaparral Pro Semibold, but I don't have it installed on my machine, so Illustrator is substituting a different font for it right now. Now, there is another way for you to actually identify where fonts are missing. See, right now the only way for me to know that is if I actually select that text. But maybe I am working on a file that somebody else worked on. I open up the file, there are tons of text elements in this document. I don't want to have to start clicking on different things, and I certainly don't know, since I wasn't the original designer, just by looking at it, if some fonts have been substituted.
So I will go to the File menu here and I'll choose Document Setup, and from the Bleed and View Options section here, I am going to check this box called Highlight Substituted Fonts. Now when I click OK, Illustrator will highlight in pink any areas where fonts have been substituted. So now, just by quickly looking at my document, I can identify where the problems are. If I go back to this dialog box again and I choose to open up Document Setup, you will see there is another option here called Highlight Substituted Glyphs.
Again, this could be a specific glyph that maybe I had installed on one machine. Maybe I had the Pro version of a font, but on this system I only have the Standard version of the font, so I may be missing some glyphs. Those would get highlighted in a yellow color. So whenever you see these pink areas, that refers to substituted fonts, and if you see yellow highlighted areas, that refers to substituted glyphs. Now, how would I clear this up? Well, I certainly don't have the missing typeface installed on my machine right now. If I were able to, I would call up the original designer and I ask him to send me those.
However, if that's not possible, my next course of action would be to go to the Type menu, choose Find Font, see where that font is being used in my document right here, and it's identified by having these little brackets that appear around it. I can highlight that font and then simply swap it out for a completely different font that exists either inside my document or that's already loaded in my system. Dealing with font problems is certainly never the most enjoyable part of your job. However, hopefully these features here in Illustrator make it just that much more bearable.
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