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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
All right, so here I'm working on the heels of the previous exercise. I'm still inside of the Place text.ai file found inside the 08_type folder. And you'll notice that I have taken the title and the byline and cut them from this previous text block and pasted them into a new one. Now here's where things get a little confusing. These text blocks are totally different kinds of text blocks. Illustrator creates a different kind of text block when you place text than it does when you paste text. So notice this placed text down here. If I were to click on it in order to select it, I have my bounding box turned on, and then if I were to drag a corner handle like so and I'll drag into the word wrong.
Notice that the word wrong then goes ahead and automatically wraps down to the next line of type. So we have automatic text wrap. Not a miracle, just something to know. This is how standard area text blocks work. However, this thing up here is point text. So when you paste text, when nothing is selected inside of the document, you choose the Paste command or you press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac, then you automatically create this point text right here. And you might think, well, gosh, I want to drop who care down to a different line. So I'll go ahead and drag this corner handle like so and notice when you do, you don't cut into the word who care and wrap it down to the next line, you go ahead and scale your text and squish it here, and that's because we have point text.
How do you know we have point text? See that thing right there? That's the anchor point for this text block. This little square that's off the type, and it's off the type because I have got an indent going on right there, at the beginning of the word that. We'll take care of that in a moment. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z though, Command+Z on the Mac to undo that squishing. Now let's go ahead and turn off that bounding box because really where point text is concerned, the bounding box doesn't do us any good. So I'm going to go up to the View menu and I'm going to choose Hide Bounding Box. When you are working with type, especially when you are flitting back and forth between area type and point type, you are well advised to memorize this keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+B, Command+Shift+B on the Mac, because the bounding box is useful with area type not useful with point type.
Now you can see that point right there, that anchor point, and you can actually drag that point around in order to move the text block, and to align it. So notice if I move this point to the top left corner of the artboard, I'll snap this text into place with that point right there. And I'm just showing you that so you can see that we have a snappable location. There's not that many points inside of this illustration of Snap 2. So I'll go ahead and undo that modification there. Also the text does not wrap, so point text is perfect when you are trying to create just like one, or two lines of specialty text. And you create point text by the way with the Type tool. If you want to create some point text, you just grab the Type tool and click at a new location and then enter some text and then if I were to press the Escape key in order to switch back to the Black Arrow tool as I have done here, you can see that we have some point text selected and I can move it to a new location by dragging their point, or you can also drag the base line or the word in our case by default settings.
All right, I'm going to go ahead and Backspace that text to get rid of it. That would be Delete on the Mac. I'll click on the word that in order to select it. Now I want to get rid of this indent right there that comes between the t and that, and the point that's associated with our point type, and I'm going and I'm going to do that by double- clicking inside the type in order to switch to the Type tool, and activate my text as we are seeing here. Then I'll go up to the Control palette. Notice the word paragraph right there, click on it, to bring up the dropdown Paragraph palette, and I'll change this first indent value right there. The Left indent value to 0 like so and then press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. That hides the palette and it goes ahead and moves this text back where it belongs. I'll press the Escape key in order to switch back to Black Arrow tool. You can now see that the point is right there at the beginning of the baseline where it should be.
All right, so that's how you go about creating point text and working with point text here inside of Illustrator. We'll see other examples as well. In the next exercise, we'll begin formatting our text.
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