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Chapter 3. Typography for the Screen > Setting Type in Illustrator

Setting Type in Illustrator

For a motion designer, Illustrator is the tool of choice to create custom typographic designs. The ability to change text into outlines allows designers to then alter the text just like any other vector graphics. There are also more paragraph type options than are offered by Photoshop or After Effects, so it’s easy to create layouts like two-column text or have text flow through different areas of the screen with threading, as in InDesign. Out of all the applications bundled in Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, Illustrator gives you the most complete toolset for creating and manipulating custom type treatments.

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If we receive a Word or Pages document, we’ll usually also save it as an RTF (rich text format). This just helps cover the bases in case one file works better than the other.

Even though text is placed within Illustrator from an external file, there is no link back to the original file. The text is embedded within the Illustrator file.

Use the Direct Selection tool to change the size of the text area. Using the Free Transform tool will change the size of the text area as well as the size of the text.



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