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How to format and justify copy.
When to use
Anytime you are dealing with body copy, or copy that is more than one or two lines, you will want to know how to format your text.
- Begin by creating a new Illustrator document or using the same document from our previous lesson.
- Select your Type Tool (T) and click and drag a text box on your artboard to create some text.
- If your box doesn't automatically fill itself with text, type in a few words, double click to select them, and then copy it by pressing Command/Ctrl+C on the keyboard.
- If your text is too large, you can resize it first by highlighting the copy and then choosing a new point size from the Character Panel or inputting a size manually. I would recommend using around 12-14 pt size.
- Press Command/Ctrl+V to paste your text until it spans around 18-20 lines or so in the text box.
- Select your Character Panel and choose the tab that says 'Paragraph' to switch over to the Paragraph Panel.
- In the top row of options in the Paragraph Panel you will have different formatting options to try out.
- Click inside of your text box and highlight all of the text.
- Try the various formatting options such as flush left ragged right, centered, flush right ragged left, justified left, right, and center.
- When you are formatting text it's important to be mindful of the linespacing or space between each line. If you want to add more space you can use the Character Panel or the keyboard shortcut by highlighting your text and then pressing Alt/Option and the up or down arrows to decrease or increase spacing accordingly.
- You can also control the size of the text with the same shortcut we used on the headline (Command/Ctrl+Shift+< or > to decrease or increase the point size.
- Using the shortcut Alt/Option and the left and right arrows will modify the tracking within your body of text.
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