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Using language support to your advantage

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Video: Using language support to your advantage

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.

Using language support to your advantage

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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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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Mordy Golding
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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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