Create a New Textbox: Select the Type Tool from the Toolbox, draw a box on the screen, then type in the box. Use the Character or Paragraph choices in the Options Bar or the Type menu.
Add existing text from a file: Get on the Black Pointer Tool then go to the File menu and select Place and choose your text file. If the placed text looks strange, try this:
To change all of the text in a text box or shape: Use the Selection Tool (the black arrow) to do the below steps. If you want to affect only certain words or characters, use the Type Tool:
To change the color of the letters (the fill color), use the solid color square in the Options Bar. To change the outline color (stroke), use the color square with the white square in the middle.
To change the fill or the stroke of the text box itself:
To move a text box, use the Selection Tool (black arrow) to click and drag it to its new location.
To resize a text box, drag the “handles” with the Selection Tool – hold down the Shift key to keep it proportionate.
Remember that fonts used in an Illustrator document can only be displayed and printed correctly when the viewer has those fonts installed on their computer. If working on more than one computer, you may have to carry font files along with your Illustrator file.