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Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium all-in-one for Dummies® by Fred Gerantabee, Christopher Smith, Jennifer Smith

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Chapter 6. Using Type in Illustrator

In This Chapter

  • Introducing the Type tools

  • Getting to know text areas

  • Manipulating text along paths and within shapes

  • Assigning font styles

  • Discovering the Character, Control, and Paragraph panels

  • Saving time with text utilities

One of Illustrator's strongest areas is manipulating text. Whether you're using Illustrator to create logos, business cards, or type to be used on the Web, you have everything you need to create professional-looking text.

In this chapter, you meet the Type tools and discover a few basic (and more advanced) text-editing tricks that you can take advantage of. You then find out about other text tools, such as the Character and Paragraph panels. At the end of this chapter, you get the quick-and-dirty lowdown on the Illustrator text utilities. These utilities can save you loads of time, so don't skip this section.

Working with Type

You can do all sorts of cool things with type, from the simplest tasks of creating a line of text and dealing with text overflow to more complicated tricks such as placing text along paths and wrapping text around objects.

Figure 6-1 shows the Type tools with an example of what you can do with each one. Click and hold the Type tool to see the hidden tools. The different tools give you the ability to be creative and also accommodate foreign languages.

The Type tools.

Figure 6-1. The Type tools.

Creating text areas

A text area

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