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Chapter 7. Type and Text In Illustrator > Text Containers, Outlines, and Attrib...

Text Containers, Outlines, and Attributes

Any shape can contain text in Illustrator, including open paths. In addition, Illustrator can wrap text outside objects. One very important aspect of text containers is linking, being able to have text automatically flow from one container to the next. You should be familiar with two of the Type menu’s commands before beginning to work with text containers. The Blocks command (discussed earlier in this chapter following Figure 7.16) and Rows & Columns command (explained before Figure 7.23) are very important to this subject.

Linking Text Containers

When two or more text containers (also called text boxes) are linked, their content works as a single piece of text. If words are added somewhere in the first container, the text near the bottom that no longer fits moves to the top of the next container automatically. Figure 7.25 shows how container linking works.


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