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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.
There is an incredibly powerful feature inside of Illustrator called Find Font. It allows you to perform a variety of different tasks inside of Illustrator related to working with fonts, and I thought I'd provide two potential ways for you to actually tap into and use this feature. Now I have this file here opened called planting_instructions and if I go over to my Type menu, I can choose over here this setting here called Find Font, and it currently displays a list of all the fonts that are right now being used inside of my document. So let's talk about the first use for when this particular feature might come into play.
Maybe you get a file from somebody else, you open up in your computer, and maybe that person who originally created the file used certain fonts that you do not currently have installed on your computer. Well, when you open up this dialog box you will actually see the names of those fonts listed here, so you might be able to request them and say, hey! I don't have those fonts. You will know those fonts are missing from your computer because they usually appear inside of these triangle brackets or greater than and less than signs that appear around the name of the font right here.
Now of course, it's certainly possible that at the same time while you may not have those fonts available to you, you may not know who to reach out to to get those fonts. Or maybe you are in a situation where there simply is no way you're going to get your hands on that font and now what you would need to do is you need to actually work with this document, so maybe you want to change the font that they used at least into a font that you are using on your computer. So what you can do is you can highlight that font right here by clicking on it. So, for example, let's say you do not have Chaparral Pro Bold installed on your computer.
Well, you would see it listed here. It would have these little brackets that appear around it. What you can do is you can tell Illustrator that you want to replace that font with another one. So right now, it's giving me a list of all the fonts that are currently used inside of my document. But I want to use some font that I do have installed on my system. So on this pop-up here I can choose System, and now I'll see a list of all the fonts that I do have installed on my computer. So for example, I could choose Impact, and now I am basically telling Illustrator, find all the text right now that's using Chaparral Pro Bold and change it to use Impact, which right now happens to be an OpenType font.
Now another way that I might use this feature is if from a creative standpoint I decide that you know what, I don't like this typeface that I use. This Chaparral Pro Bold doesn't really kind of do it for me, or maybe my client just told me they don't want me to use that particular font. Now I am okay with using Chaparral Pro, and in fact, if I go ahead and I move this dialog to the side here, you can see that Chaparral Pro itself is used for the body copy here. I just want to change over here this headline itself into something else. Maybe I want to change that into Impact. So what I can do now is simply tell Illustrator, hey, find anywhere where I have used Chaparral Pro Bold and go ahead now and change that with Impact.
And if I choose Change All, then I can go ahead and click on Done right now and anywhere where the Chaparral Pro Bold was used, which was in this case right over here, over here, and over here, notice that has now changed to this new font called Impact. However, it has not touched any areas where just Chaparral Pro was being used. So I have a way to just simply target one specific typeface that's used inside of my document, and I can now swap it out for a completely different one. So you can see that I can use this really powerful feature called Find Font to either fix technical problems inside of my document, meaning replace fonts that I don't have with fonts that I do have, or just simply from a pure creative standpoint, change this font that I don't like into one that I do like.
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