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Mastering Illustrator

Copyfitting

I can't make the font any smaller because it won't be legible, but I need to squeeze another line or two into my text container. What can I do?

You've got several possibilities, all of which fit under the title copyfitting. First, reduce your leading in the Character palette. That will bring the lines of type closer together vertically. Remember that you can use fractions, too, so that the adjustment is the very smallest necessary. Next on the list (if your text is justified rather than aligned) would be word spacing from the Paragraph palette. (If the palette is not visible, expand it by clicking the two-headed arrow in the palette's tab a couple times.) Word spacing, which works only with area type, allows you to change the amount of space between words in the selected text. After that, you've still got letter spacing (also in the Paragraph palette), which reduces the gap between each of the letters in the selected text. Think of it as mass-kerning. Using these three advanced techniques should bring those last two lines of your text into the allotted area.


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