In Adobe Illustrator, text is a fundamental element, and understanding how to create and manipulate text boxes is essential. This tutorial will guide you through the process of making a text box without the complexities of the Pen Tool.
Starting with Point Type
- Accessing the Type Tool: On the left-hand side toolbar, you’ll find the Type Tool, represented by the letter ‘T’.
- Creating Point Type: Simply click on your document. This action creates what’s known as “point type.” For demonstration, you can type the word “test.”
- Scaling the Text: Using the Selection Tool, hold ‘Shift’ and drag to scale the text. However, note that this isn’t a text box but point type.
Creating a Text Box
- Using the Type Tool: Go back to the Type Tool.
- Drawing the Text Box: Instead of just clicking, click and drag to create a text box. This action will automatically fill the box with placeholder text.
- Typing in the Box: You can type any content you want within this box.
Adjusting the Text Size
- Scaling the Text: To increase the text size, you’ll need to adjust the font’s point size.
- Resizing the Text Box: When you drag the edges of the text box, it only resizes the frame, not the text inside.
Scaling Text within the Text Box
- Accessing the Scale Tool: If you wish to scale the text like point type, you’ll find the Scale Tool, possibly within the Rotate Tool section.
- Using the Scale Tool: The Scale Tool scales text based on a reference point. By default, it’s the center. To scale from a corner, click on that corner first, then drag to scale. Holding ‘Shift’ ensures uniform scaling.
Creating and manipulating text boxes in Illustrator is a straightforward process. By understanding the difference between point type and text boxes and knowing how to scale and adjust text, you can enhance your design workflow.