Day 16: Basic Text

The type tools allows some simple common text formatting. You will learn about columns, wrap text and text on a path. This will help you create aesthetic type effects on brochures and newsletter covers.

Typing Text Using Point Text

To create a point text, simply click once on the artboard using the Type Tool and type out your text. Point text only allows you to write a one line text without any text wrap.

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Typing Text Using Area Type Tool

With area type you can have much control over your text. To create an area type, click and drag out a box using your Type Tool. The text will wrap inside the text area. To edit the font characters and sizes, go to Window>Type>Character.

To show paragraph options, click Paragraph tab. You can try out different alignments and set indents for paragraphs.

To show more area type options, choose Type>Area Type Options. You can edit the number of columns to create more columns for your text.

Typing Text on a Path

You can type text on a path or any object. Select the Type on Path Tool and click on the path to start typing text on the path.

To shift the text, drag the start point with the Selection Tool.

Outline Text

If you need to convert a type to path, select your text and choose Type>Create Outlines. This will break the text into paths. Note that once you outline it, the text cannot be edited with the Type Tool. However after it becomes a path, you can apply gradient and edit anchor points using the Pen Tool.

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    agold October 2nd

    silly question, but what font are you using in this tut, and do you have any other good basic typography design resources (tutorials)?

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    David February 7th

    Wow, never knew I could have so much fun with Type!

    I created the outline of some text, then changed the stroke to 5, then to 3, and put the stroke aligned as outside. Then I put a radial gradient in the text….Looked so cool! Imagine what I could create if I really put some time into it!

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    David February 7th

    Oh..don’t forget the join option in the stroke also, play with it. I finally chose round join.

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    Carlos Alberto Michelena March 20th

    Este tutorial esta muy practico y muy bueno.

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    Michael Oyama April 26th

    trying to view the basic text lesson, I log in, go to lesson and then get that same lesson that says I have to login to see rest of the lesson. I login again, same result…please respond

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    Michael Oyama April 26th

    disregard last post…..