Text Production Utilities in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has text utilities which include a Find Font and Change Case features. These features enable you to quickly prepare text for publication.

Find Font feature

The Find Font feature enables you to list all fonts in a file that contains text and then search for and replace fonts (including the font’s type style) by name.

To access the he Find Font dialog box:

  • Open by choosing Type→Find Font

  • Select the font you want to replace from the Fonts in Document list

  • Select a font from the Replace with Font From list

    Note that the font must already appear in the document

  • Click the Change button to replace the font (or click the Change All button to replace all instances of the font).

    Use the Find Font dialog box to find and replace typefaces.
    Use the Find Font dialog box to find and replace typefaces.

This cool feature enables you to replace fonts with fonts from the current working document or from your entire system. Select System from the Replace with Font From drop-down list to choose from all fonts loaded in your system.

Change Case feature

Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you type an entire paragraph before discovering that you somehow pressed the Caps Lock key? Fix it fast by selecting the text, choosing Type→Change Case, and then choosing one of these options:

  • Uppercase: Makes the selected text all uppercase

  • Lowercase: Makes the selected text all lowercase

  • Title Case: Capitalizes the first letter in each word

  • Sentence Case: Capitalizes just the first letter in selected sentences

    In Illustrator CS5, you use the same type engine used by InDesign for high-quality text control. You’re working, as a default, in what’s referred to as Single-Line Composer. Select Single or Every Line composer from the Paragraph panel menu.

    The options include

    • Single-Line Composer: Useful if you prefer to have manual control over how lines break. In fact, this method had been in place in the past. The Single-Line Composer option doesn’t take the entire paragraph into consideration when expanding letter space and word spacing, so justified text can sometimes look odd in its entire form.

    • Every-Line Composer: A professional way of setting text; many factors are taken into account as far as spacing is concerned, and spacing is based on the entire paragraph. With this method, you see few spacing issues that create strange effects, such as the ones on the left.

      Single-Line Composer (left) and Every-Line Composer (right).
      Single-Line Composer (left) and Every-Line Composer (right).