For all the depth Illustrator have, I'm a bit surprised by the lack of certain features. For one is ease of italicizing, but after a googlesearch I discovered there's nothing I do can do.
Anyhow, one of the other things I missed most about Fireworks, is the Filters on any objects. Specifically, the filter I miss most is the Color Fill. The Color Fill filter is great because it was an easy fast way to make things appear darker / shaded. I simply fill with black, and set opacity to however I want. Is there a fast away to achieve similar results in Illustrator?
On your other note:
> For one is ease of italicizing, but after a googlesearch I discovered there's nothing I do can do.
You mean, there are no other options apart from (a) selecting the Italic version of your font, or (b) entering a slant angle to create faux italics?
I can only shear a single text string. I can't italicize a word inside the string, which can be annoying if I'm only trying to emphasize a point. Or am I incorrect? I hope I'm wrong... Monika, I'll try it out now!
Scott, I wish it was that easy, but there are some really distinct great fonts out there without italics. I don't want to switch from that to something such as Arial for the sake of it having italics.
Monika, sorry, but I seem to be lost. Can you elaborate more? On the appearenance panel, the only thing I can do, it seems, is add an effect, and I don't see an effect as simple as a color fill with an opacity option. Can you give me a hand?
There are literally millions of fonts with italics. If you feel Arial is your only choice... then okay. But that, to me, would be a problem between the chair and the screen, not an issue with what is on the screen.
The Appearance Panel has several buttons across the bottom of it. One of the buttons is "Add New Fill".
No, I was simply giving a quick argument of what I mean. To give a prominent example, is handwriting fonts. I have scoured across the internet for good handwriting fonts, and the only ones worth looking at, for me, are the ones made by Kimberly Geswein (http://www.dafont.com/kimberly-geswein.d1468 , search "Kimberly Geswein" here http://www.google.com/webfonts/).Most of her fonts don't have italics, however. And I'd hate to resort to a worse font simply to make italicizing a bit easier. Really, I just don't know why adobe can't implement what seems to be a very easy technology. I understand that faux italics may look worse, but I'm betting many are willing to make that tradeoff. Or if not, then just not use it then.
And I was hoping I can fill all my vectors at once, but I get "mixed appearance" then. Is there a faster way to fill, than to select each individual vector shapes? I'm guessing not :-/
You may find that actual paid fonts, rather than the often poorly constructed free fonts at dafont.com, will provide better options where italics are concerned.
If you group several objects, you can use the Appearance Panel to apply a color fill to the entire group. If you select a layer by option/alt-clicking the little circle to the right of the layer name in the Layer Panel, you cna then use the Appearance Panel to apply a color fill to an entire layer.
Paid fonts are very expensive, and I usually like to alternate. Also, I usually don't care if the font is poorly constructed as long as it looks nice. I am aware of fonts such as Archer will looks great, but they aren't the look I'm going for. Regardless, my point still stands that it would be simple to be integrate, and it's annoying that Illustrator simply won't allow that option.
Thank you for the tip! I'll integrate it into my workflow.