Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Touch Type tool, part of Illustrator: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates.
One of my favorite things in this new update to Adobe Illustrator has got to be something called the Touch Type tool. This is something that is really neat, because it enables you to have unprecedented control over your text in Illustrator. And also, if you are working on a touch enabled tablet or touch enabled monitor, you really have some fun ability to take control of your text literally with your hands. So, let's take a look at this. I'm going to go to the File menu and choose New, and then once I have the new document screen, I'm just going to hit OK. It doesn't matter how big or how small, and then just grab your Text tool.
And we'll just create a box here and I'll type out, Hello World. And then, I'll blow this up in the box, something like that, and there we go. Once I have the Hello World text out there on screen, I'm going to then come over here to my Text tools click and hold and select on something called the Touch Type tool. Which you can also select by pressing Shift and the letter T on your keyboard. And once I have that, there's a little thing on screen that says, click to select a character. So in this case, if I were to select the O, you'll notice that I get a separate bounding box only around the O. And on that O, I can scale it up or down in any way that I want. So, that means I can control the vertical and horizontal scaling of this independent character.
So, if I go up it looks like this and if I go over, it looks like that. It does still respond to Cmd or Ctrl+Z on your keyboard, so you can always undo this. It's a non-destructive change at the moment. And you can also scale this in porportion, like so. And you can also change the baseline shift by coming down here to the bottom left-hand corner, clicking and dragging on that little blue dot. And so by doing this, it moves it around. Now you may see that the text is kind of falling off. That's because it's going outside the boundaries of this bounding box that I set for it.
But if I use Cmd or Ctrl+Z to undo, it comes right back like so. Now, let's take a look at how this would look on a touch enabled screen. So, I'm going to switch over here to my Wacom Cintiq monitor. And once I'm on the Wacom Cintiq monitor, I've got a piece of text here. And what I'm going to do is just the same thing I was doing before, but this time I'm going to use my fingers and the pen. So, here we go. I'm just going to select a character here. And once I select the character, you can see here how I can come up to the top and I can adjust the overall scaling of the object.
I can adjust the vertical scaling to scale it up, I can select the horizontal scaling down here to drag it out to the side. And then, I can also come down to the corner and I can change the baseline shift as well. Now what's interesting about all of this is no matter what I do to these characters, in this text, it always remains editable. I can always go back and change it anytime I want. So in this case, if I wanted to change the World, all I have to do is double-click at the front with the Text tool. And then once I do that, I can change the words and then manipulate that new word in any way I see fit as well. So again, as these touch enabled screens, and tablets, and things like that become more and more popular in the world of design.
I think stuff like this is going to be really huge. And it's really fun to see that Adobe is starting to work this in so that we can start to get used to it in our daily workflows. So, if you have a touch enabled tablet or a drawing screen, or something like that, that you have access to, take some time and play around with this and see what you can come up with. Because now you have this really interesting way to actually get in there and physically control your type in ways that you never did before.
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