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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.
You may have been somewhat confused by the title of this course. It's called Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text, and in fact, you may think that those are really just one and the same. In fact, I myself throughout this entire course I am probably going to be referring to type and text as completely interchangeable. Sometimes I'll say text and sometimes I'll say type, but the reality is, is that both of these actually are very specific terms, and they have different meanings inside of Illustrator. We usually refer to type in Illustrator as an object and we refer to text as the characters that exist inside of that type object.
So, for example, if I go ahead now and create a new document here inside of Illustrator, I'll just use a basic Print Profile here, and I'll take my Type tool and then click once to create a Type object, I can type in the word Hello, and what I am actually creating right now are five characters, H-E-L-L and O. I'll just make it a little bit bigger so that we can see it here on the screen. And what I basically have right now is text, which is the letters H-E-L-L-O that exists within this Type object called a Point Type object.
In fact, if I go ahead now and I switch to my Direct Selection tool, we see that right now I have my Type object selected. In fact, if I go now to my Appearance panel--and right now I'm using the Essentials as a set up here, but if you've seen my first Illustrator Insider Training course called Rethinking the Essentials, I've actually set up a separate workspace, which is my own, which now has the Appearance panel here, front and center. And you can see here on the Appearance panel that right now my Target is this thing called Type. It's my Type object.
Now, inside of that Type object I have something called Characters. Watch what happens when I switch to my Type tool and I actually now highlight, let's say, the letter E. You can see that right now my target are characters. I am now basically at a different level inside of Illustrator. So this is what we refer to as text. However, when I have my entire Type object selected--and this can be whether it's Point Type or Area Type or Type on a Path-- I am now referring to my Type object. In fact, the reality is, is that type in Illustrator is referred to as some kind of a container.
It's very much like a group inside of Illustrator, which has contents inside of it. So we can think of a Type object in Illustrator as some container that contains text or characters inside of it. Now, if you want to understand exactly why this might be useful inside of Illustrator, then check out Illustrator Insider Training: Rethinking the Essentials and scroll down over here to where you can see the Harnessing the Power of Groups chapter. And I have a movie here called Extending the concept of groups to type objects, and this goes into detail explaining how these Type objects are really groups inside of Illustrator that have these text elements or characters inside of them.
Let me switch back here to Illustrator. So you can see that there actually is a difference between type and text inside of Illustrator, and it's also important to realize that we can apply settings at the character level or at the text level, and we can also apply different settings at the type level. Again, refer back to that course that I just showed you, Rethinking the Essentials, to get a better grasp and understanding about how groups really work inside of Illustrator, because that will help you in trying to figure out how to apply special effects to type and how to approach working with text from more of a graphic perspective.
However, the main focus of this entire course though is focusing on the text itself. Of course, we need to have the Type objects that have the text inside of them, but the type is really nothing without the text inside of it.
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