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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.
Towards the bottom of the Character panel, you'll see these options right here called Underline and Strikethrough. You will also see another option to the far right here called Setting the anti-aliasing method. Now, you might think that Underline and Strikethrough might be useful inside of Illustrator, although I have to tell you I am a little bit disappointed in what the feature can actually do. You see, if you want to maybe create some kind of text over here and you want to have it underlined, you could take your Type tool and maybe highlight the words www.hanselandpetal.com and then click on the Underline button, and that gives us an underline right here, but I don't really have any control over that underline.
For example, I can't make that underline a different color than the other text. I also can't choose how far or close to the baseline that underline is. In fact, one of the only reasons why Underline was added to Illustrator to begin with was simply for people to be able to make mockups of web sites where they wanted to indicate where linked text might go. As you may be familiar, most HTML pages indicate links by having the words underlined. Although to be honest, that was kind of last year's way of indicating it. Today with CSS, there are so many ways to indicate links inside of a web page.
So this is kind of an old-fashioned way to indicate that this should be a link. But really in regular printing terms, or in regular use, there isn't much that you can do with either Underline or Strikethrough. In fact, you will notice that's why they're actually put on the same line together here, or in the same section of this panel, together with anti-aliasing, because the anti- aliasing settings also only apply when working with text that's going to appear on the web. In fact, it's really only used when you actually are setting some kind of text inside of Illustrator that's then going to be rasterized and put onto a web page as an image. Otherwise, if it's regular text, the browser handles the actual anti-aliasing.
So for the most part, you should treat these features as web features inside of Illustrator, specifically when working with text. Still, in a pinch, if you need something with a strikethrough or underline, this is the way that you can do it inside of Illustrator.
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