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set presice width to paragraph

Jan 31, 2013 8:13 AM

Tags: #paragraph #resize #presice

Hi guys,

 

how do you enter a precise width to a paragraph without deforming it... if you rezise manualy it doesnt strech, but if you have for example a 180px width paragraph and enter 30px in transform box or properties bar it gets streched.

 

I have some text boxes and need all to be same exact widths.

 

Thanx

 
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    Jan 31, 2013 8:50 AM   in reply to sol11

    Grab the Rectangle Tool and click in the screen; input your desired size. (Get rid of fill and stroke if necessary.) Now grab the Type Tool, click on the edge of your box, and type. Pretty simple.

     

    You can also resize the box after text is entered, by using the Direct Select tool on box points (constrain with shift).

     
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:36 AM   in reply to sol11

    You're obviously talking about Area Text objects and I assume that you're using a current version of AI.

     

    If so, just select all text objects, go to Type > Area Type Options and enter the desired width.

     
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:02 AM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Can you do run-arounds within or while using text in Area Type?

     
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:34 AM   in reply to Mike Hopkins

    By using Paragraph Styles you can do this

     

    Screen shot 2013-01-31 at 10.32.49 AM.png

     
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:51 AM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    I found Paragraph Styles but what I want to do is have text run-aroud a vector shape, free form or otherwise.

    Perhaps Iam missing something here!

     
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:01 AM   in reply to Mike Hopkins

    See Object > Text Wrap

     

    Explore details in the programme help files.

     

    And note that it has nothing to do with the original question in this thread.

     
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:25 AM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    My favorite way to do that is to use Type Area. Draw a shape for each type section. Insert curson, type (or paste). Use direct-select to move individual points to best contain the type.

     

    TypeAroundObject.png

     
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    Feb 1, 2013 9:08 AM   in reply to sol11

    Just in case you're overlooking an important detail:

     

    In the Area Type Options dialog you can effectively set the absolute width of multiple area type objects in one step. When your selection contains text objects with varying widths, the corresponding Width field in the Area Type Options dialog is greyed out, such that you may think you're not allowed to enter a number. But that is not true. It is just greyed out in order to indicate that the selected objects are not all of the same width.

     

    Nonetheless you can enter the desired width into the greyed out field and therefore do a Transform Each command. That does also work if the selected text objects are grouped.

     
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