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Working with type is a basic concept, which is why I covered it in the Fundamentals part of this series. But basic does not mean base. As with everything, Illustrator approaches type not so much as letters that make up words but as characters and ornaments that make up finished pieces of artwork. You can create single lines of point text and flow text from frame to another, but in addition to the usual formatting attributes, Illustrator gives you such exacting controls as optical kerning, global OpenType support and the extraordinarily useful Glyphs palette.
I do not think there is anything more satisfying than typing one slash three and watching it turn into the built fraction 1/3. I know, I need to get out more. And when you are finished with this chapter, you will too. Whether text is a support element in your document or the main ingredient, Illustrator knows your type.
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