Chapter 9. Working with Type
IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding bitmap, PostScript, TrueType, OpenType, and Multiple Master fonts
Using the Character panel
Working with the Paragraph panel
Using area type
Working with type on a path
Adding type with the Type tool
Selecting and editing type
Threading and unthreading text blocks
Wrapping and creating headlines
Advanced type functions
Fonts are a big deal to Illustrator users. For the seasoned graphic artist, the thousands of typefaces that are available provide a typesetting heaven on Earth. For a newcomer to Illustrator and typesetting, fonts can be overwhelming. Illustrator ships with about 300 Adobe PostScript Type 1 fonts; other fonts are available for purchase at costs that range from about $2 per face to hundreds of dollars for a family. (A font face is a single variation, while a font family typically includes quite a few variations.)
This chapter covers creating type with various type tools, all the different formatting available, and cool things to do with type on a path and outlined type.
Fonts come in various formats, with each format having advantages and disadvantages over other formats. Fonts fall into the following categories: bitmap fonts, PostScript fonts (Type 1), TrueType fonts, OpenType fonts, and Multiple Master fonts.
Understanding bitmap fonts
Bitmap fonts are the original fonts used for computers. They consist of a series of dots inside a grid pattern and worked well both on-screen ...