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Adobe Illustrator CC - Advanced Training

How to use the touch type tool in Adobe Illustrator CC

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to learn the Touch Type Tool in Adobe Illustrator. And by the looks of this, we are going to pick some really, really bad fonts. All right, let's go and learn how to use it now. Step 1, in your Type Tool, type some text. Pick a font. I'm going to pick Trajan, because I just wanted to show you, like there's some new Open Type fonts, SVG fonts, that actually have color in them. Cool thing about them is, if I select on them, there's lots of different color options. 

Getting off the topic, let's grab the Touch Type Tool. Click and hold the 'Type Tool', he's down the bottom here. And what you do is, you click on a text, and it's basically all four corners, plus those dots, there's something different. The Baseline Shift, you can either grab this button down the bottom left or just grab the center of it, it's probably easier. Next letter, bottom right does the width. That is a crime against fonts, by doing either that or the top down. You're not allowed to squish fonts, you're not allowed to do that. It's the rules. Top right is fine, because we can resize it, it's okay. You're not breaking any Type rules. 

This one here, the little dot at the top is rotation. You can grab these guys, rotate it, move it up. Grab this guy, move him. So you can kind of build this kind of complex looking bit of Type. And the cool thing about it is that it is still editable. We can break the Type apart and do it but you wouldn't get the option to pick new colors or fonts. So you can change the fonts. I'm going to make a couple of copies, 'Command D', or 'Control D' to get a few versions. I picked Trajan, terrible. Let's go to the full terrible font list. Let's go 'Papyrus'. Let's change it to - what's another bad one? - Brush Script. These are all, like continued font tragedies. Comic Sans is the worst, the offender of them all. 

It's a little bit of a quick tutorial, because I don't use it very much. I feel like you should know that as an advanced user. I guess you can go through and change the Type now, which is cool. So if you're doing some sort of ransom letter, you feel like that could be quite cool for it, you can go and use the Touch Type Tool. All right, that is going to be it for this section on Advanced Type, all these extra videos. Let's get on to the next section.