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Increase the inset spacing to pad text set in Area Type objects (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Adobe Illustrator, in Illustrator

Increase the inset spacing to pad text set in Area Type objects (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)One of the ways to make text set within an Area Type object more legible is to provide some padding between the text and the shape. Also known as inset spacing, this padding provides a margin of resting space for the viewer's eye. To add space between the text and the Area Type object, first select the Area Type object. Choose Type > Area Type Options to display the Area Type Options dialog box. Select the Preview check box, increase the Inset Spacing until the padding is sufficient for your needs, and click OK.

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Automatically fill text elements with placeholder text (Illustrator CC 2017)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Adobe Illustrator

Placeholder text comes in handy when you’re creating design mockups. You don't have to make up the content, and placeholder text uses variable length words and sentences to mimic our standard writing patterns. But inserting placeholder text always required an extra step, until now. New in Illustrator CC 2017, anytime you create a new type object, Illustrator will automatically fill it with placeholder text.

You do have to set the preference for this, as not everyone will enjoy this new feature. Choose Illustrator > Preferences > Type (Edit > Preferences > Type in Windows), select the Fill New Type Objects With Placeholder Text check box, and click OK. Now any time you add a new type object, Illustrator will automatically fill it with placeholder type!

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Format Fills & Strokes With Your Keyboard in Illustrator

Posted on 4/12/10 11:06 AM by Get Schooled in Adobe, in Adobe Illustrator, in format fills, in format strokes, in keyboard shortcuts, in Tips & Tricks

Here are three easy keyboard shortcuts that will save you time when applying strokes and fills. First, if you want to quickly switch between fill and stroke and you don't want to bother with clicking them, simply press "x" to toggle between the two. Second, if you want to apply the last-used solid color or gradient to a selected object, press the comma key for the last-used color or the period key for the last-used gradient. Keep in mind that you can always see what these colors are by looking at the icons in the Toolbox. Finally, you can quickly change the fill or stroke color to None by pressing the forward slash key [/]. This changes whichever attribute is currently selected in the Toolbox, so if stroke is active and you want to change the fill to None, press "x" to toggle over before you press [/].

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