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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.
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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