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Placing a text document

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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to take text that you've created inside of a word processor, the most popular example being Microsoft Word. How to take that text document and place it inside of Illustrator where you can do things you would never dream possible inside of Word. For example you have strict control over where you place the text and you can apply special effects like what we are seeing right here, like these little scribble effects to the type. Now, if you would like to work along with me, I have got opened this document called Three-page poem.ai found inside of the 08_Type folder. This is an old document. You may have seen it before if you've worked through other Illustrator series I have done.

Placing a text document

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to take text that you've created inside of a word processor, the most popular example being Microsoft Word. How to take that text document and place it inside of Illustrator where you can do things you would never dream possible inside of Word. For example you have strict control over where you place the text and you can apply special effects like what we are seeing right here, like these little scribble effects to the type. Now, if you would like to work along with me, I have got opened this document called Three-page poem.ai found inside of the 08_Type folder. This is an old document. You may have seen it before if you've worked through other Illustrator series I have done.

However, there's a different spin on this document this time. This is a three page version of the poem. Since we can create three page documents here inside of Illustrator. So I'm going to zoom out a couple of clicks by pressing Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac a couple of times. There's page one, there's page 2. Of course using Illustrator's nomenclature, this is artboard 2 and here's artboard 3 right there. Now, the reason I want you to see this not only because you can see that we have the entire epic poem inside of one document. But also, I'm going to go back to page one here and zoom in on it.

I want you to notice what's going on inside of this illustration, just by way of an FYI, of the many things that are possible inside of Illustrator. So I'm going to go over to the Layers palette, and twirl open the Cards layer. You'll see inside this layer, this contains all of the stuff inside of this document that's not live text. By live text, I mean editable text. If you were to scroll down this stack of objects here inside the Layers palette by presumably using the Scroll Wheel on your mouse, you'd see that in all, we have 8 sock objects and then 3 page objects. So a total of 11 paths inside of this illustration. That's all we have. So what in the world is responsible for these crazy little scribbles that are going on? Well, if I were to click on the outline of this page here, which is actually a square that I have drawn, and you can see now that Page 1 is meatballed, the Page 1 object. I'll go over to the Appearance palette, and you'll see that I have applied to this object several Strokes and Fills.

If I were to twirl open one of these Fill objects here, you can see that I have a series of live effects, including a Transform effect, a Scribble effect, Roughen effect, and so on. We'll see how those work inside of a future chapter of a future part of this series. But I just want you to get a sense of how incredibly powerful this application is and all of these wild effects here are also applicable to text. So if I were to click on this text block right there, I'll click on its baseline. That's just a safest way to make sure that you are going to select some text is to click on that imaginary horizontal line that runs underneath the letters. It's called the Baseline. That will make sure to select that text.

Then notice over here inside the Appearance palette that I have just got a standard black fill, nothing special going on. If I twirl it open, an Opacity value default, so nothing happening. But we have got a Scribble and a Roughen effect applied to the entire object, and that's what's responsible for those little scribbles that are going on there. All right, and that's a kind of thing you can do any old time inside of Illustrator. But let's start things off at the beginning by placing some text. So I'm going to twirl close my Cards layers right there, and I'm going to turn off my Type layer in order to hide it, so that we are creating new type inside of Illustrator.

I am also going to click on the Cards layer, so that I can create my next layer. I'm going to make a new layer here for my type. So that it'll appear directly above the Cards layer. Then I'm going to Alt-click, or Option- click on the little Page icon down here at the bottom of the Layers palette, and I'm going to call this layer My Text or something along those lines. You can call it whatever you want, and then click OK in order to create that new layer. Then I want you to go onto the File menu. This is the place of the Text here, to import text into Illustrator, go up to the File menu, and choose the Place command.

You should go to the 08_Type folder once again inside your Exercise Files folder, and you'll see this document right there, That Sock.doc. And that .doc tells us that it's a Microsoft Word document. It could just as easily be an RTF document, which would be a Rich Text Format file. Then I'm going to click on the Place button. Now, we'll get a dialog box, and I think this is a fairly ridiculous dialog box actually, just between you and me, that allows you to go ahead and import the table of contents as well as the footnotes and endnotes, and the Index. Now, Illustrator just started supporting multiple pages in CS4. It used to do just single artboard documents, and yet you could still import the index for your file, which is pretty amazing. I'm not sure you are going to have too much use for that.

My guess is that you are not going to pay any attention to these options whatsoever unless you want to turn them off, unless you know that there's an index associated with your Word file and you don't want to bring it into Illustrator. Then you would turn that check box off. I'm going to leave it on because I don't have any index. You can also choose to remove the text formatting and start from scratch with just plain text inside of your illustration. I'm going to leave everything alone. I'm not going to turn that on because I want to keep my formatting such as it is. There's not much formatting going on, and I'll click OK. Now, you don't load up a cursor inside of Illustrator the way you do in InDesign and page layout applications. You just bang! Put the text on the page.

So there it is. This is the beginning of the Poem. We have overset text, meaning there's more text on this frame can accommodate, and that's indicated by this Red Plus sign, and that shows you that you have more text to place inside of this document which is something we will be doing eventually, but not now. We have done everything we need to in this exercise. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to create a new text block. Stay tuned.

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Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 42m 7s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 58s
    2. The Welcome screen
      3m 2s
    3. Creating a new document
      5m 6s
    4. Advanced document controls
      4m 43s
    5. Saving a custom New Document Profile
      8m 46s
    6. Changing the document setup
      4m 21s
    7. Special artboard controls
      4m 58s
    8. Accepting artboard changes
      2m 19s
    9. Saving a document
      4m 33s
    10. Closing a document
      2m 21s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Adobe Bridge
      56s
    2. Opening an illustration
      4m 45s
    3. Modifying an illustration
      6m 27s
    4. Saving changes
      4m 58s
    5. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      8m 41s
    6. The all-important file type associations
      3m 20s
    7. Navigating inside Bridge
      4m 23s
    8. Previewing and collecting
      5m 55s
    9. Using workspaces
      6m 41s
    10. Customizing a workspace
      6m 14s
    11. Cool Bridge tricks
      8m 17s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      35s
    2. Keyboard increments
      5m 12s
    3. Scratch disks
      3m 48s
    4. Changing the user interface and setting Appearance of Black
      4m 14s
    5. Best workflow color settings
      9m 17s
    6. Synchronizing settings across CS4
      3m 2s
    7. Working inside tabbed windows
      7m 14s
    8. Organizing palettes
      5m 4s
    9. Saving a custom workspace
      4m 12s
    10. Zooming and panning
      4m 19s
    11. Using the Zoom tool
      3m 3s
    12. Navigating the artboards
      5m 5s
    13. Nudging the screen image
      3m 3s
    14. Scroll-wheel tricks
      2m 8s
    15. Cycling between screen modes
      4m 39s
  4. 1h 22m
    1. The Wedjat (or Eye of Horus)
      55s
    2. The line tools
      2m 57s
    3. Introducing layers
      5m 10s
    4. Creating ruler guides
      6m 18s
    5. Creating custom guides
      5m 16s
    6. Snap-to points
      5m 25s
    7. Organizing guides
      5m 43s
    8. Making a tracing template
      3m 42s
    9. Drawing a line segment
      4m 29s
    10. Drawing a continuous arc
      5m 28s
    11. Drawing a looping spiral
      6m 5s
    12. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 20s
    13. Joining open paths
      7m 31s
    14. Aligning and joining points
      6m 34s
    15. Drawing concentric circles
      4m 41s
    16. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      5m 34s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the shape tools
      3m 5s
    3. The traceable Tonalpohualli
      2m 52s
    4. Drawing circles
      4m 38s
    5. Enhanced Smart Guides
      4m 1s
    6. Aligning to a key object
      4m 29s
    7. Creating polygons and stars
      5m 4s
    8. Using the Measure tool
      3m 47s
    9. The Select Similar and Arrange commands
      3m 56s
    10. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 8s
    11. The amazing constraint axes
      5m 26s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping
      3m 35s
    13. Flipping and duplicating
      4m 12s
    14. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      5m 24s
    15. Cutting and connecting with Scissors and Join
      3m 31s
    16. Tilde-key goofiness
      2m 53s
  6. 1h 41m
    1. The ingredients of life
      54s
    2. Fill and Stroke settings
      4m 22s
    3. Transparency grid and paper color
      5m 47s
    4. The None attribute
      5m 4s
    5. Color libraries and sliders
      3m 39s
    6. Industry-standard colors
      4m 38s
    7. Using CMYK for commercial output
      6m 39s
    8. Using RGB for the web
      7m 23s
    9. Color palette tips and tricks
      7m 18s
    10. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 35s
    11. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      6m 46s
    12. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 38s
    13. Dragging and dropping swatches
      5m 0s
    14. Paste in Front, Paste in Back
      4m 54s
    15. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 28s
    16. Pasting between layers
      4m 41s
    17. Joins, caps, and dashes
      6m 50s
    18. Fixing strokes and isolating edits
      7m 12s
    19. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 57s
  7. 1h 50m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 20s
    2. From primitive to polished art
      2m 42s
    3. Using the Blob brush
      5m 46s
    4. Resizing the brush and erasing
      4m 15s
    5. Selection limits and methods of merging
      6m 39s
    6. Cloning and auto-duplicating
      6m 45s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      3m 7s
    8. Moving by the numbers
      5m 15s
    9. Using the Reshape tool
      7m 47s
    10. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 43s
    12. Styling and eyedropping
      5m 28s
    13. Making a black-and-white template
      2m 27s
    14. Scale and clone
      4m 57s
    15. Enlarge and stack
      5m 46s
    16. Positioning the origin point
      6m 59s
    17. Using the Rotate tool
      3m 55s
    18. Using the Reflect tool
      4m 15s
    19. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      6m 48s
    20. Rotating by the numbers
      6m 12s
    21. Transforming the tile patterns
      7m 52s
  8. 2h 4m
    1. Next-generation text wrangling
      55s
    2. Placing a text document
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a new text block
      6m 1s
    4. Working with point text
      3m 57s
    5. Selecting the perfect typeface
      5m 48s
    6. Scaling and positioning type
      8m 57s
    7. Leading, tracking, and lots of shortcuts
      5m 54s
    8. Adjusting pair kerning
      6m 55s
    9. Eyedropping formatting attributes
      3m 54s
    10. Flowing text from one block to another
      8m 28s
    11. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      7m 39s
    12. Rendering the text in graphite
      5m 55s
    13. Creating a scribbly drop shadow
      5m 17s
    14. Advanced formatting and bullets
      7m 43s
    15. Setting Area Type options
      4m 57s
    16. Justification and the Every-line Composer
      5m 52s
    17. OpenType and ligatures
      7m 19s
    18. Fractions, numerals, and ordinals
      9m 7s
    19. Swashes and small caps
      5m 40s
    20. The amazing Glyphs palette
      8m 12s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Points are boys, handles are girls
      1m 20s
    2. Placing an image as a tracing template
      6m 56s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path
      6m 8s
    4. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      6m 50s
    5. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      9m 7s
    6. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 29s
    7. Defining a cusp between two curves
      6m 59s
    8. Replicating and reshaping segments
      8m 30s
    9. Converting anchor points
      7m 55s
    10. Deleting stray anchor points
      5m 1s
    11. Separating and closing paths
      5m 43s
    12. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 55s
  10. 1h 40m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 34s
    2. Exploring the Appearance palette
      9m 54s
    3. Snip and Spin
      8m 3s
    4. Adding a center point
      4m 12s
    5. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 42s
    6. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      5m 54s
    7. Saving and recalling selections
      6m 20s
    8. Rotating is a circular operation
      8m 32s
    9. Lassoing and scaling points
      5m 28s
    10. Using the Transform Each command
      4m 11s
    11. Using the Magic Wand tool
      8m 1s
    12. Eyedropping live effects
      9m 58s
    13. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 50s
    14. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      7m 59s
    15. Scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      5m 16s
    16. Expand before you merge
      4m 17s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. The new pleasures of printing
      44s
    2. Outlines and artboards in CS4
      7m 35s
    3. Setting trim size and bleed
      7m 17s
    4. Creating custom dynamic crop marks
      3m 41s
    5. Working with the Separations Preview palette
      7m 42s
    6. Trapping an object with an overprint stroke
      8m 20s
    7. Placing multiple artboards into InDesign
      5m 17s
    8. Working with the Print Tiling tool
      4m 55s
    9. Setting the General Print options
      6m 9s
    10. Setting printer marks
      5m 16s
    11. PostScript-only output and graphics
      9m 10s
    12. The Color Management options
      6m 56s
    13. Adjusting the Flattener settings
      7m 32s
    14. Setting the Raster Effects resolution
      5m 32s
  12. 1h 32m
    1. Illustrator does pixels
      51s
    2. Illustrator, PDF, and Save As formats
      8m 15s
    3. Saving an illustration for the web
      6m 13s
    4. Saving a continuous-tone JPEG image
      10m 1s
    5. Saving a high-contrast GIF graphic
      6m 26s
    6. The versatile PNG format
      4m 45s
    7. Saving a scaleable Flash (SWF) graphic
      11m 0s
    8. Opening and placing an Illustrator file in Photoshop
      12m 44s
    9. Exporting a layered PSD from Illustrator
      12m 57s
    10. Exporting to Microsoft Office and PowerPoint
      7m 24s
    11. Sharing with InDesign, Flash, and Photoshop
      12m 12s
  13. 1m 4s
    1. Until next time
      1m 4s

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