Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with text, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise we are going to examine the basics of working with type inside…Illustrator. I am currently looking at a sheet of stickers and I want to go…ahead and label those stickers with a little bit of information about the…company. The name of this document is Sticker Sheet.ai, found inside the…Exercise Files folder. In order to create a basic text object in the…Illustrator, you go over here to the Type tool, which you can also get to by…pressing the T key, and then you draw a text frame in order to hold your type.…
Now I have already created some text in advance that I copied to the clipboard.…I am going to press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac to paste that text into the…text frame and now let us apply some basic formatting. I am going to press…Ctrl+A or Command+A on the Mac in order to select all of the text in this frame…and then I will go up to this Font option right here inside the control panel.…I can click on the down pointing arrow in order to choose a font from the list…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.