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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.
We've seen in several places the ability to set the language for Illustrator. For example, I can go to the File menu here and choose Document Setup, and in the Type Options area, I can choose a language for my document, which right now is set to English: USA. That's totally fine for me. I am going to click Cancel. However, maybe I am working on a campaign and we know our headline here is going to be "Say it with flowers" and our tagline is "Every day is better with flowers." But I also need to create for my client a Spanish version of the same campaign.
So I went to Google Translator and I basically got the Spanish translation of these phrases. However, I'm faced with a problem here. You see, first of all, if I actually have an entire paragraph of type, how is that type going to be hyphenated? What dictionary is Illustrator using to hyphenate that text? For example, maybe I'm taking the body copy of my flyer and I'm translating that into Spanish. It's still going to be using the English rules for hyphenation, but it's for Spanish text, so the context is all wrong.
Likewise, if I check spelling, I am going to get spell-check errors, because Illustrator is expecting all this to be English. If I go to the Edit menu here in this document and I choose to check the spelling, as soon as I start spell-checking here, I am going to start to see that the word Digalo is spelled incorrectly, because Illustrator is checking it against the English: USA dictionary. It's suggesting the word Diagonal instead. But I know exactly that that's not the word. That's a Spanish word, so it's not a spell-check error, or is it? I mean, how do I know? I don't speak Spanish. It's not my native language.
So I am going to click Done over here for a moment and I want to show you that you can actually change the language inside of Illustrator. Illustrator is multilingual. If I take my Selection tool here and I select these two text objects, I can go to the Window menu, scroll down to where it says Type, and then choose Character. At the bottom here you'll see where it says Language, it's currently set to English: USA. However, I'm going to click on this pop-up here and set it to be Spanish. In other words, I am telling Illustrator, this text is Spanish.
Take a look at now what happens if I go to the Edit menu and I choose to Check Spelling. If I choose to Start, I can see Spell Checker Complete, meaning there are no errors here. There are no misspelled words, because Illustrator spell-checked these two sentences in Spanish. So by telling Illustrator what language I'm using in different applications of my document, I can have Illustrator perform spell-checking in that language, and more importantly, by setting it to use a specific language here in my Character panel, I'm also telling Illustrator to use the Spanish dictionaries for hyphenation.
So if I have a whole bunch of text that appears that's wrapping in a column, it will hyphenate according to the Spanish dictionary, not to the English dictionary. And you can actually see that Illustrator ships with many different languages here, even multiple versions within the same language. For example, you have English: USA and English: UK. You'll also notice several different German variations. So by telling Illustrator what language you're using, you'll get better hyphenation, and more importantly, you'll also be able to check spelling. It's important to realize--one last note here--that remember that we're finding this setting here inside of the Character panel.
In other words, I have the ability to take my Type tool, highlight one word within an entire paragraph, and set just that word to a different language. So, for example, maybe I am doing a children's book that says, house is casa, I can actually highlight the word casa and change that to Spanish. Now, when Illustrator spell-checks that same sentence, it will check the word house according to the English dictionary and the word casa according to the Spanish one.
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