Adobe Illustrator Step-by-Step directions on how to insert text in Illustrator.
In this video, I cover the importance of selecting an appropriate font for your client (logo design), and various functions of the type tool. Topics also covered are, how to create outlines on your text, and how you can use the free transform tool to alter text.
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. If the placed text looks strange, try this:
Edit Your Text:
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:
Select the text then use the choices in the Options Bar to set font, size, etc. For more specificity:
Click on the Character Panel or Paragraph Panel links in the Options Bar OR use the Type menu
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 on a disk with your Illustrator file.