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Setting point type in Illustrator

From: Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

Video: Setting point type in Illustrator

Illustrator can kind of serve two different needs, especially for a designer: you can of course use Illustrator to create artwork, and at the same time you can use it to layout certain designs. Now we've been using both of those methods here for web design, and when it comes to setting text, there were also two different ways to set type inside of Illustrator. We have something called point text, and then we have something called area Text, and while at the end of the day you do get text on your artboard, you'll find that choosing between these two methods of setting type inside of Illustrator can determine how you can treat that type.

Setting point type in Illustrator

Illustrator can kind of serve two different needs, especially for a designer: you can of course use Illustrator to create artwork, and at the same time you can use it to layout certain designs. Now we've been using both of those methods here for web design, and when it comes to setting text, there were also two different ways to set type inside of Illustrator. We have something called point text, and then we have something called area Text, and while at the end of the day you do get text on your artboard, you'll find that choosing between these two methods of setting type inside of Illustrator can determine how you can treat that type.

Now in this movie specifically, we're going to deal with point type. So let's see how that works. I'm going to start by creating a new web document here. Click OK, just take regular default settings here. I'm going to switch to my Type tool, and I'm simply just going to move my cursor on the artboard and just click once and release the mouse. That gives me a blinking cursor now on my screen, and I can type in some words. Maybe I want this to be the headline of my page. I want to type in, let's say, what our mission statement is. I'll type in "Mission." M-i-s-s-i-o-n. And I'm going to switch now to my Arrow tool, and I'm going to zoom in a little bit on this text. Command+Spacebar will give me the Zoom tool here.

That's Ctrl+Spacebar on Windows. And just to make things a little bit easier to see here, I'm going to go to the View menu, and I'm going to choose to hide the bounding box. Now the reason why this is called point text is because the actual type object is defined by a single anchor point, which is where I first clicked with the Type tool on the artboard, and we can see that anchor point right here. In fact, if I toggle into Outline mode - so, Command+Y or Ctrl+Y - I can also see over here, there's one anchor point that's right here, this little x, that defines the type object.

I'm going to hit Command+Y again to go back into Preview mode. And the important thing to realize here is that this type object will always align itself to this anchor point right here. So, for example, right now if I look over here at the Paragraph settings, it's right now set to Align left. If I choose to align this to the center, you could see that the anchor point itself did not move, but the text moved now to be centered over that anchor point, and likewise if I choose to Align right, I can see that again, the anchor point is staying in the same place. So now I can see that the text is aligned right, flush right over here by the anchor point.

Let me go back over here to Align left, and we'll talk about another characteristic of point type inside of Illustrator. Now I'm going to zoom out just a little bit over here. If I were to take my Type tool and click now back inside of this type object, I can now start to add more text, for example, and I can actually keep on typing. And as I type and type, you can see that it doesn't break into a second line. There is no boundary when it comes to working with point type; it's simply a type object and my type will go on and on and on.

The only way I can get now a second line is if I physically hit the Return key on my keyboard, and that brings me to the next line over here as well. I'm just going to hit the Shift key and then type the Up Arrow to kind of select upwards, and now Shift+Left Arrow to select this type and then just delete it. So, now I'm back to my original text here, Mission, but I wanted to show you that there is no boundary. There is nothing really that contains this text. It's simply an anchor point that now has some text inside of it, and that text is kind of free. The best use for using point type inside of Illustrator is for setting type that is going to be exported as some kind of a graphic.

So, if you don't really care right now about structure, or this is going to be a logo, it's going to be some kind of a customized headline that you'll export as an image, if you want to maybe have as very specific typeface, if you want to have something that appears as a graphic, the point type object is a much more design-friendly type of object. For example, I want to click and drag, while holding down the Option key over here to create a copy of this, and you can see that I can very easily, like move text around if I wanted to create some kind of logo type or some other kind of interesting type treatment.

It really acts almost as if it were a piece of art, but I'm really working with text. However, if I'm thinking about something more along lines of structure, like a page, for example, and I would want the text to flow, well, then I would start to think about using area text, which is what we'll cover in the next movie.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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