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Using smart punctuation

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Video: Using smart punctuation

If you want to know something that hurts designer's eyes when they are reading some text, it's when they see those inch marks instead of curly quotes. Well, the nice thing is that when you're working inside of Illustrator, you have several ways to convert regular quotes into curly quotes, or in reality, think about punctuation in a much more general form, specifically from an art form. Let me explain. I am going to create a new document here inside of Illustrator. I will just use the regular Print Profile right here. Actually, I will make it set to be wide, just so I have more room to put some text here. And if I take my Type tool and I click over here to get an insertion point--and let me go ahead here and change my Typeface at Chaparral Pro.

Using smart punctuation

If you want to know something that hurts designer's eyes when they are reading some text, it's when they see those inch marks instead of curly quotes. Well, the nice thing is that when you're working inside of Illustrator, you have several ways to convert regular quotes into curly quotes, or in reality, think about punctuation in a much more general form, specifically from an art form. Let me explain. I am going to create a new document here inside of Illustrator. I will just use the regular Print Profile right here. Actually, I will make it set to be wide, just so I have more room to put some text here. And if I take my Type tool and I click over here to get an insertion point--and let me go ahead here and change my Typeface at Chaparral Pro.

That's what we have been using all along over here. And I will change my point Size to maybe 60 pts, just so we have something bigger to look at. And I will type in a phrase, and I will use just a regular quote mark on my keyboard. So I am going to hold down Shift+Quote and you'll see right away that I get an open curly quote. And maybe I will type in over here, "the best flowers," and then I will hit Shift+Quote again and now you will see that I will automatically get the closed curly quote. How does that happen? Well, Illustrator does this for me automatically, assuming that I want to get the best looking type on my screen.

But the reality is that this is just a simple Preference setting, and by default, Illustrator has these typographer quotes turned on. You can actually see these settings here. If I go to the File menu and I go down to where it says Document Setup, in the Type Options settings, I can see a check box here that says Use Typographer's Quotes. Now you could ask yourself, what are typographer's quotes? The answer is the setting that you choose right over here for both double quotes and single quotes. You can see that if I click on this pop-up here, I have many different options.

For example, if I really want those inch marks or those prime marks, I will choose that setting right here and click OK. So now if I hit Return and I type in another phrase, just by holding down the exact same key, again, Shift+Open Quote, that's what I get. And I will type in here again, "the best flowers," and then I will close the quote with that exact same mark. I am using the same keys, but I'm getting two different types of characters or glyphs on my screen, because of that Preference setting that I've just set inside of Illustrator. So to be honest with you, I probably do want the curly quotes most of the time inside of Illustrator, but there may be times when I know for sure I want that inch mark. Maybe I am trying to type in 3 inches and I type it in over 3".

I want to get the inch mark. I don't want the curly quote mark. On top of that, maybe I've already brought this text in from another location and whoever typed in that text-- maybe it was Microsoft Word or an email-- it actually used the regular inch mark, and I really want the curly quotes. How can I convert these into curly quotes? So first, let me go back to the Preference setting here, to where it says Document Setup. I am going to switch to double quotes back to the curly quotes. I am going to choose OK. That's not going to change anything in my document; it just means that from now any new text that I create is going to use that preference.

However, if I take this text object right now and I select it, and I go to the Type menu, I can choose an option called Smart Punctuation. This is a filter that I can run on any text that I bring into Illustrator that already exists, to convert any items in here to something more professional. For example, I can replace ligatures. If I just find a f and ff, I can turn into the ff ligature. Now earlier on in this training, we spoke about OpenType options how we have Automatic Glyph Replacement, where those ligatures happen automatically.

This would be in a case where I don't have those available to me, or I am not using OpenType fonts. I am actually going to turn these off, but I am going to leave Smart Quotes turned on. By the way, Smart Spaces is great, because it converts multiple spaces, like a lot of people who are familiar with the old-style way of working with the typewriter, usually put two spaces after a period, which is incorrect. You are supposed to just have one space, so that will actually allow you to turn those two spaces into one, following a period. Likewise, I can convert to double hyphens into a real en or an em dash, but I am going to turn all these options off for right now because I am just focusing on the smart quotes itself.

I can choose to replace this across my entire document or just my selected text, and I can choose to have Illustrator report your results. So now when I click OK, Illustrator tells me that 3 quotes were changed, which are this one, this one, and this one. But now I'm looking at this and this really was supposed to be an inch mark. So I don't want to change that at all. Let me share with you a technique that I use. Again, I am almost always using the curly quotes, but in certain situations where I do need to use something like the double prime mark or just an inch mark, I'll use my Glyphs panel to do that instead.

So I will select his mark right here. Then I will go to the Type menu and I'll choose Glyphs to open up my Glyphs panel. Right here in the beginning, I can see that's where the inch mark is, so I'll simply double-click on its replace my selected glyph with this new one. So now I have a quick way to get just the exact quote mark or the right punctuation that I need for this application. So remember that in Illustrator I can either set my preference to have my quotes appear in a certain way, or I can actually perform a filter to replace all of my different types of punctuation that exist inside of a document after the fact. And of course, I can always use the Glyphs panel to make changes on a one-off basis.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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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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