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- Understanding the three type objects in Illustrator
- Importing text from Microsoft Word
- Using the Glyphs panel
- Converting text into editable vector paths
- Kerning and scaling characters
- Setting indents and spacing
- Threading text across multiple objects
- Sharing styles across multiple documents
- Understanding style overrides
- Changing text with Find and Replace
- Wrapping text
- Setting type along a path
- Updating legacy text
Skill Level Intermediate
Way back at the beginning of this course we spoke about how Illustrator didn't always have these wonderful type features inside of it. In fact, Illustrator had very primitive type support up until around the release of Adobe Illustrator 10. At that point, Adobe completely rewrote the engine inside of Illustrator, which gave it the support it needed for all these modern features like Unicode support, Optical kerning, and OpenType. So in our minds, for a moment, let's draw this line in the sand. For all versions of Illustrator up until version 9, those versions all worked on Illustrator's old text engine, and then all versions of Illustrator, from Illustrator 10 on through CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, and beyond, those versions all use Illustrator's new text engine, the Adobe Text Engine.
Now unfortunately, these two eras in Illustrator, meaning these two type engines are not compatible with each other. There is really no way to get editable text across from one of these to the other. Now the truth is is that when Illustrator 10 came out, which was way back in 2001, designers who were using Illustrator definitely felt a pain because they always wanted a back-save to older versions for those who haven't upgraded yet. But now it's been over ten years, so the majority of people in the world using Illustrator today are on the other side of that line in the sand.
However, there still may be times when you might be dealing with versions of Illustrator that are using the old text engine, and the question is going to be, how do you pass text between those different documents and applications? On top of that, there may be some applications that can actually write Illustrator files, for example, Macromedia FreeHand has the ability to save files as an Adobe Illustrator file, but it saves them as an Adobe Illustrator 8 file again, which uses the old text engine. So you still may run into problems when you want to open up those files in the newer versions of Illustrator.
Likewise, there are certain programs that can accept or open up older Illustrator files, but they can't open up the newer Illustrator files. So if you want to save a file to be able to be used in those versions, you may have to back-save your file to an older version, and again, you may run into issues with text. So in this movie, I want to give you a brief overview of what that means. If I go to the File menu here on this file and I choose Save As, and I choose to save it as a native Illustrator file-- I'm going to drop it here in my Desktop. I am just going to call it flowers2.ai.
I am going to choose Save here and when I want to choose what version I want this file to be compatible with, I'm going to choose one of the older versions, maybe Illustrator 9. Again that version existed when the old text engine was being used. So you can see over here at the bottom where it says "Warnings, Saving to a legacy format may convert all type to point type and may disable some editing features when the document is read back in." Basically, one of two things are going to happen to my type. It's either all going to get converted to outlines or it will just get chopped up into multiple pieces of point type, which means it will be very hard to edit that type when I try to reopen up that file.
It's just something to be aware of when you actually save files back to anything with Illustrator 9 or 8 or 3 or Japanese Illustrator 3. However, you're probably going to be just fine when you're saving text files back to later versions, for example, Illustrator 10, CS, CS2, CS3 or CS4. Remember that, in Adobe speak, the word Legacy refers to older versions than the current one. So ultimately, you just have to keep in mind that when you're saving files for those older versions, your text may be converted to outlines or chopped up into individual pieces.
It's still going to look exactly the same; however, it may just not be editable and in a usable format. Now of course, when you save files back to those older versions, you simply have no choice. You are just going to have to accept the fact that that text won't be editable in those versions. However, what happens if somebody sends you a file, maybe somebody sends you a file that they created inside of Illustrator 8 because they're still using that version, what happens if you want to open up that file in your version of Illustrator, which may be Illustrator CS5? Well, the bad news is that you are still going to have to go through some kind of type conversion.
The good news is is that you do have some options available. What are those options? We will find out in the next movie.