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Chapter 10. How to Handle Typical Type > Establishing Text Objects

Establishing Text Objects

Altogether, Illustrator provides six tools for creating text. For now, you need to be concerned with only one: the type tool, third down on the right side of the toolbox (the one that looks like a T). Armed with the type tool, you can create a text object—which is any object that contains type—in one of two ways.

  • Click with the type tool within the drawing area and enter a few words of type for a logo or headline. This kind of text block is called point text, because Illustrator aligns the text to the point at which you click.

  • Drag with the type tool to draw a rectangular text block. Then enter your text from the keyboard. Illustrator fits the text to the rectangular text block, automatically shifting text that doesn't fit on one line down to the next. It's usually best to create a text block when you want to enter a full sentence or more.


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