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How to break up text block in Illy?

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by BlueFishDesigns, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    Is there a way to break up the text block in Illustrator? For example, you type in 3 lines of text and want to break them up into 3 separate things instead of all grouped together. Can you do that?
    Thanks!
     
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  2. rdm01

    rdm01 Very Active Member

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    You could outline it, or just enter three different lines of text.
     
  3. Rodi

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    Try saving as a PDF or EPS then reopen in Illy. Happens all the time, but when you need it to work it probably won't.
     
  4. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    Seems like alot of trouble. In Flexi, there's a "Break Apart" function under Type or Text. Just hoping Illy had something like that. Thanks!
     
  5. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    copy and paste... but what I usually do is drag a copy (holding alt key... and shift to retain alignment) ...then repeat for a third line. At this point each copy has 3 lines... now delete the 2 undesired lines from each group... or a variation, if too much copy, highlight and CUT the undesired lines from the first group. Instead of clicking a new text path, I'll still drag a copy, and then highlight & paste... repeating this again as needed. I also get a lot of use out of minimizing my trips to the toolbar with my mouse... using the ctrl key to change to selection cursor for my select & drag functions, I can remain in the text tool for the entire process. One reason I use those dragged copies, instead of initiating a new text path, regardless of the last text I've entered, this ensures all the text specs stay constant.
     
  6. signpro

    signpro Manager

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    to change text to outlines select text, then in the menus use
    TEXT>CREATE OUTLINES

    then SHIFT+CTRL+G to ungroup

    now all the letters are seperate. if you want each line grouped at least (like i do)
    drag a box through the entire top line of text, then
    CTRL+G to group that line, repeat for lines 2 & 3
     
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    +1 that's the best way to do it.
     
  8. rdm01

    rdm01 Very Active Member

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    The only problem is your text is no longer editable.
     
  9. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    takes longer too... not the "best way" by any means.
    Break 'em up first, and you can still edit them, if you need to create outlines later, you can select all, create outlines to all... and they are all going to be grouped by text block already.
     
  10. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    It is much easier in CorelDraw if these are the only options in Illy.

    Ctr-k - break lines - still editable
    Ctr-K again - break lines into editable single words
    Ctr-k 3rd time - break words into editable single letters

    Don't tell Doug.........

    wayne k
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  11. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    I'm not making any claims to what's best over here, only making claims to what isn't best :peace!:
     
  12. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

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    ummm...

    Try "Flatten Transparency" and make sure the "CONVERT TEXT TO OUTLINES" is off... then ungroup and Bobs yer uncle...

    Forgot to add that it's still editable text.
     
  13. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    There's the winner.
    simple - fast

    thanks

    wayne k
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  14. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Hmm, Illy 10 forces the "convert to outlines"

    This would be pretty useful to know, I'll try it on CS2 when I get back to the shop.
     
  15. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    Thanks Rick!
    Just tested it out in CS4
    (Malkin, you will be pleased to discover it works in CS2 as well)
     
  16. thewood

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    Great tip, Rick!:U Rock:
     
  17. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    Thanks all for the replies!
    :U Rock:
     
  18. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    Who's Bob? :Cool 2:
     
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