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Selecting type objects easily

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Video: Selecting type objects easily

While we've been talking specifically about text here inside of Illustrator, it's important to realize that text is just another kind of an object that exists inside of your document. So the same way that we worry about selecting artwork inside of Illustrator, we also have to worry about how maybe difficult it might be to select text inside of Illustrator. It's important to realize that there are actually a couple of settings that we can use to make the task of selecting text just a little bit more easy. Now by default, Illustrator allows me to select text by the overall bounds of that text object.

Selecting type objects easily

While we've been talking specifically about text here inside of Illustrator, it's important to realize that text is just another kind of an object that exists inside of your document. So the same way that we worry about selecting artwork inside of Illustrator, we also have to worry about how maybe difficult it might be to select text inside of Illustrator. It's important to realize that there are actually a couple of settings that we can use to make the task of selecting text just a little bit more easy. Now by default, Illustrator allows me to select text by the overall bounds of that text object.

This applies specifically to working with Point Text. So for example, even though the point of my text right over here, on the words, "Say it with flowers," appears right here in the center, I can still select my text by clicking let's say right over here, at the top of the f and the l. In fact, I can click around over here, even though I'm not technically clicking on a letter, I am clicking right above the R here, and you'll see that this object now becomes selected. That's happening because the actual slug size of the type. So if I take my Type tool here and I highlight this text, you can see that there is kind of this big bounding area over here. That is all the hit area basically that allows me to select my text.

Now if I do have a lot of artwork in my documents or a lot of text, it may become very problematic for me. Maybe I'm trying to select something behind this, maybe I want to select the photo, but each time I click here I'm not getting the photo; I'm actually getting the text. So one thing that you can do is you can go to your Preference Settings inside of Illustrator. I am going to go to Illustrator, choose Preferences, and if you're on Windows, you would go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences, and I'll choose the Type panel. Here you'll find the check box called Type Object Selection by Path Only, and if I choose to turn this option on and click OK, now you'll notice that if I click over here, I'm selecting the image. Let's zoom in a little bit closer here.

Again if I click let's say right about over here, I'm getting the image. In fact, watch this. If I click right here on the O itself, I'm still not selecting the text at all. The reason why is that with that setting turned on, I must actually click on the path itself in order for me to select that text. So it's harder for me to actually select the text itself, but it's also harder for the text to get in the way of working with other elements, and again this is purely a preference inside of Illustrator. Some people prefer working this way and if you have trouble seeing that path itself, know that you could always jump into Outline mode by pressing Command+Y and you might find it easier. You can see that a little black box appears next my Direct Selection tool.

When I mouse over the area where that line is, that's the path to select my text. I'll press Command+Y or Ctrl+Y to go back to Preview mode again. I'll let you know that there is also another way to select text inside of Illustrator. Many times you just want to go ahead and select all of the text in your document. If I come here to press Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to see my entire document, and many times when I'm working inside of Illustrator, I may decide that I want to put all of my texts on a separate layer, or I want to treat my text differently. So I can go to the Select menu and choose Select > Object, and then choose Text Objects.

This will select all the text objects in my document. Now, I can very quickly move them to a layer or perform some other function with them. It's certainly easier than holding down the Shift key and clicking on each individual text object inside of my document.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Art, typography, and Illustrator
      4m 23s
    3. Using the exercise files
      26s
  2. 38m 30s
    1. Knowing Illustrator's limitations
      5m 47s
    2. The three type objects in Illustrator
      11m 18s
    3. Area type, point type, and the bounding box
      4m 35s
    4. The difference between type and text
      3m 42s
    5. Unicode: consistent type for all
      4m 23s
    6. Bringing text from Microsoft Word into Illustrator
      8m 45s
  3. 39m 51s
    1. Understanding font types
      6m 28s
    2. Using the Glyphs panel
      8m 30s
    3. OpenType support and automatic glyph replacement
      9m 43s
    4. Previewing fonts as you use them
      5m 0s
    5. Converting text into editable vector paths
      6m 19s
    6. Using the Find Font feature
      3m 51s
  4. 49m 4s
    1. Setting up the document
      12m 26s
    2. Basic character settings and keyboard shortcuts
      7m 28s
    3. Kerning, tracking, and optical kerning
      13m 6s
    4. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      4m 38s
    5. Using the Baseline Shift and Character Rotation options
      7m 28s
    6. Using underlines and strikethroughs
      2m 5s
    7. Working with small caps, superscript, and subscript
      1m 53s
  5. 46m 36s
    1. Basic paragraph settings and keyboard shortcuts
      6m 47s
    2. Setting tabs and leaders
      11m 51s
    3. Setting indents and spacing
      9m 6s
    4. Understanding hyphenation and justification settings
      10m 28s
    5. Understanding the composers in Illustrator
      8m 24s
  6. 16m 7s
    1. Threading text across multiple objects
      8m 17s
    2. Adding multiple text columns in a single object
      3m 29s
    3. Specifying an inset for area type objects
      4m 21s
  7. 32m 53s
    1. Text styles in Illustrator
      7m 6s
    2. Defining and modifying character styles
      10m 40s
    3. Defining and modifying paragraph styles
      5m 0s
    4. Understanding the style override
      5m 3s
    5. Sharing styles across documents
      2m 10s
    6. Changing default type settings
      2m 54s
  8. 37m 9s
    1. Aligning text margins and indents optically
      3m 53s
    2. Creating non-breaking text
      2m 36s
    3. Changing case
      1m 39s
    4. Using smart punctuation
      5m 12s
    5. Selecting type objects easily
      3m 20s
    6. Understanding hidden text codes
      2m 20s
    7. Checking spelling
      3m 3s
    8. Using language support to your advantage
      3m 41s
    9. Changing text with Find and Replace
      3m 54s
    10. Finding substituted fonts and glyphs
      3m 55s
    11. Wrapping text around objects
      3m 36s
  9. 16m 47s
    1. Setting type along a path
      10m 22s
    2. The difference between open and closed paths
      6m 25s
  10. 10m 57s
    1. Understanding legacy text
      4m 23s
    2. Updating legacy text
      6m 34s
  11. 1m 16s
    1. Next steps
      1m 16s

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