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Illustrator CC Typography

Author: Pariah Burke
Publisher: Pluralsight
Length: 6 Hours
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From logo design to illustration, from posters to signage, from brochures to menus, your text is meant to be read, to convey a message. It can’t do that if it isn’t legible, readable, and well-styled. Making it so is the art of typography. In Illustrator CC Typography Pariah Burke will teach you all the skills you’ll need to create and style beautiful, perfect typography in all your Illustrator drawings and documents. You will learn not only the hows, but also the whys and whens, so that you will end the course not only with the skills to set perfect type, but also the confidence and understanding to make the right typesetting decisions again and again, in every one of your designs.

You will learn all about Illustrator’s precision type controls and the ways to use them to create intricately-styled short type objects and highly readable, perfectly adjusted paragraphs of text. This course explains the methods and rules for setting and perfecting typography in Illustrator, from single words and glyphs used in logo designs, illustrations, and posters to complete threaded stories that span multiple artboards in brochures, menus, and more.

You will learn formatting text and working with styles; meticulous adjustment of kerning, tracking, scaling, shifting baselines, and more; using different numeral and alphabetic styles within their correct contexts; expert shortcuts and tricks for working most efficiently with type-related panels and fields; inserting special characters and contextual and stylistic alternates; working with Asian and Indic type, and; producing beautifully set type that the viewers of your designs will want to read.

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Course Contents

Working with Type in Illustrator

  1. Changing Type Formatting in Four Places
  2. Changing Type Preferences
  3. Using Type Control Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Previewing and Choosing Fonts
  5. Defining Legibility Versus Readability
  6. Defining the Word “Glyph”
  7. Showing Hidden Characters
  8. Replacing Missing or Undesired Fonts
  9. Adding Fonts from Typekit
  10. Installing Fonts on MacOS
  11. Installing Fonts on Windows
  12. Installing Fonts Only for Illustrator
  13. Finding Substituted Glyphs
  14. Handling Legacy Text
  15. Understanding Anti-Aliasing Methods

Working with Short Text

  1. Choosing Point Type Versus Area Type
  2. Creating and Converting to Point Type
  3. Converting between point and area
  4. Using Multiple Type Objects
  5. Putting Type on a Path
  6. Setting Type Above and Below a Circle
  7. Making Path Type Part of the Scene
  8. Adjusting Type on a Path Options
  9. Converting Type to Editable Paths
  10. Putting Objects Inside Type Shapes
  11. Altering Type Shape Without Converting to Outlines

Working with Paragraphs of Text

  1. Creating Area Type Objects
  2. Filling and Insetting Area Type Objects
  3. Aligning Text
  4. Indenting and Spacing Paragraphs
  5. Dividing Text into Columns and Rows
  6. Creating Non-Rectangular Text Areas
  7. Wrapping Text Around Objects
  8. Working with Text Across Multiple Objects
  9. Threading and Unthreading Text Objects
  10. Automatically Sizing Area Type Objects
  11. Checking Spelling and Other Errors
  12. Using Multi-Lingual Text
  13. Hyphenating and Setting No Break
  14. Understanding Paragraph Composition
  15. Precisely Controlling Composition
  16. Using the Tabs Panel
  17. Setting Tabs and Tab Leaders
  18. Importing Text from Microsoft Word

Adjusting Type

  1. Using Type Sizing Tricks
  2. Understanding Leading’s Role in Readability
  3. Setting Leading for Readability
  4. Shifting the Baseline
  5. Understanding Kerning and Tracking Basics
  6. Kerning Automatically
  7. Kerning Manually
  8. Tracking In and Out
  9. Scaling Horizontally and Vertically
  10. Rotating Characters
  11. Using the Touch Type Tool
  12. Fitting More Text Than Should Fit

Perfecting Typography

  1. Understanding the Timing of Typography
  2. Changing Case
  3. Using Small Caps
  4. Using Small Caps Correctly
  5. Understanding Why Typography Was Confined
  6. Utilizing Different Styles of Numerals
  7. Building Fractions That Fit
  8. Adding Ordinals That Fit
  9. Using Ligatures and Discretionary Ligatures
  10. Using Glyph Alternates
  11. Using Hyphens and Dashes Properly
  12. Adding Other Common Symbols and Special Characters
  13. Perfecting Punctuation and Sentence Endings

Working with Styles

  1. Selecting Between Graphic, Paragraph, and Character Styles
  2. Creating and Using Paragraph Styles
  3. Creating and Using Character Styles
  4. Creating and Using Graphic Styles for Text
  5. Redefining and Overriding Styles
  6. Editing the Default Type Styles
  7. Working with Styles Effectively
  8. Wrapping Up Modules 1 through 6

Working with Asian and Indic Type

  1. Using Middle Eastern & South Asian Composers
  2. Revealing East Asian Type Options
  3. Orienting Horizontal and Vertical Type
  4. [was Choosing Asian OpenType Font Attributes]
  5. Adjusting Leading and Indentation
  6. Composing with Mojikumi Sets
  7. Breaking and Wrapping with Kinsoku
  8. Tuning Inter-Glyph Harmony
  9. Including Roman Type and Numbers
  10. Using Warichu
  11. Aligning Characters with Mojisoroe
  12. Applying Finishing Type Touches
  13. Creating Composite Fonts
  14. Wrapping-Up