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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text
Illustration by John Hersey

Understanding hidden text codes


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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

with Mordy Golding

Video: Understanding hidden text codes

Throughout the training so far, we've spoken about different types of characters that we can use in our text which we may not be able to see. For example, a Tab character or maybe a soft return--by holding down the Shift+Return on our keyboard that forces a forced line break---or even just a return character itself. We know these things exist inside of our text, but we may not be able to see it, and that may make it difficult for us to work inside of our document. We may not understand why some thing is happening and oh, we may have just discovered that maybe there were two tabs there instead of one, and maybe that's why something wasn't lining up correctly.
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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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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text
4h 55m Intermediate Feb 29, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three type objects in Illustrator
  • Importing text from Microsoft Word
  • Using the Glyphs panel
  • Converting text into editable vector paths
  • Kerning and scaling characters
  • Setting indents and spacing
  • Threading text across multiple objects
  • Sharing styles across multiple documents
  • Understanding style overrides
  • Changing text with Find and Replace
  • Wrapping text
  • Setting type along a path
  • Updating legacy text
Subjects:
Design Typography
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Understanding hidden text codes

Throughout the training so far, we've spoken about different types of characters that we can use in our text which we may not be able to see. For example, a Tab character or maybe a soft return--by holding down the Shift+Return on our keyboard that forces a forced line break---or even just a return character itself. We know these things exist inside of our text, but we may not be able to see it, and that may make it difficult for us to work inside of our document. We may not understand why some thing is happening and oh, we may have just discovered that maybe there were two tabs there instead of one, and maybe that's why something wasn't lining up correctly.

This is especially the case when maybe I'm copying and pasting text or I am importing text in Word, and I know that somebody else worked on that document. So it may look like a tab to me. It might really just be four to five spaces. Or maybe just want to be sure that there's really only one space and not double spaces that appear throughout your document. So the nice thing is that Illustrator does allow you to make those invisible characters visible. We refer to these characters sometimes as hidden characters. And if you want to show your hidden characters, you can open up any document, go to the Type menu, and choose Show Hidden Characters.

You can now see that certain characters will appear on the screen identifying those invisible characters. They don't actually print on a printout. They just allow you to see where these things are on the screen. For example, I am going to zoom in over here at the top of the headline over here and you can see these little boxes that appear here, which indicate spaces. This paragraph symbol here indicates a hard return. Let me scroll here down to the bottom and you can see in this text over here, if I zoom in a little bit closer, that I actually have a bent arrow here which indicates a soft return.

I can also see that there's a space that appears after the question mark before that soft return, or again, that forced line return. You will also see arrows like this pointing towards the right, which indicates a tab character. That's why I know that there are tab characters at the ends of each of these lines. Now the keyboard shortcut to turn these invisible characters on and off is Command+Option+I on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+I on the PC. When working with a lot of text in your document, you might find it very valuable and useful to have those hidden characters turned on, so that you can troubleshoot any questions, or at least have the peace of mind to know what's there.

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