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Review questions

1Name two methods for creating text area in Adobe Illustrator CS2.
2What are two benefits of using an OpenType font?
3What is the difference between a Character and Paragraph Style?
4What are the advantages and disadvantages of converting text to outlines?

Review answers

1There are several methods for creating text areas; you can choose from any of these three:
  • Using the Type tool, click on the artboard. A cursor appears; start typing. After typing, note that a text area has been created to accommodate the text.

  • Using the Type tool, click and drag to create a text area. A cursor appears in the text area; start typing.

  • Using the Type tool, click on a path or closed shape to convert it to text on a path or a text area. Alt/Opt+Click when crossing over the stroke of a closed path creates text around the shape.

2The two main benefits of the OpenType format are its cross-platform compatibility (the same font file works on Macintosh and Windows computers), and its ability to support widely expanded character sets and layout features, which provide richer linguistic support and advanced typographic control.
3A Character Style can be applied to selected text only. A Paragraph style is applied to an entire paragraph. Paragraph styles are best when indents, margins, and line spacing attributes need to be saved.
4A benefit of converting type to outlines is that doing so eliminates the need to send the font along with the file when sharing with others. You can also fill the type with a gradient and create interesting effects on individual letters.

However, when you create outlines from text, you must consider:

  • Text is no longer editable. The content and font cannot be changed on outlined text. It is best to save a layer with the original text, or use the Outline Object Effect.

  • You can not convert bitmap fonts or outline–protected fonts to outlines.

  • It is not suggested that you outline text that is less than 10 points in size. When you convert type to outlines, the type loses its hints—instructions built into outline fonts to adjust their shape so that your system displays or prints them optimally at a wide range of sizes. Therefore, if you plan to scale the type, do so by adjusting its point size before converting it to outlines.

  • You must convert all the type in a selection to outlines; you cannot convert a single letter within a string of type. To convert a single letter into an outline, create a separate type area containing only that letter.



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