Find and Replace and Spell Checker in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has text utilities which include find and replace and spell check. These text utilities enable you to easily and efficiently perform all these otherwise tedious tasks.

Find and Replace feature

Generally, artwork created in Illustrator isn’t text heavy, but the fact that Illustrator has a Find and Replace feature can be a huge help. The Find and Replace feature (choose Edit→Find and Replace) much like all other search-and-replace methods.

Spell checker

To use the spell checker, choose Edit→Check Spelling and then click the Start button in the dialog box that appears. The spell checker works much like the spell checker in Microsoft Word or other popular applications: When a misspelled word is found, you’re offered a list of replacements. You can choose to fix that instance, fix all instances, ignore the misspelling, or add the word to the dictionary.

If you click the arrow to the left of Options, you can set other specifications, such as whether you want to look for letter case issues or have the spell checker note repeated words.

Note: The spell checker uses whatever language you specify in the Character panel.

If you work in a specialized industry that uses loads of custom words, save yourself time by choosing Edit→Edit Custom Dictionary and then adding your own words. We recommend that you do so before you’re ready to spell check a document so that the spell checker doesn’t flag the custom words later (which slows you down).