I use a couple of large font sizes (above 72pt) very frequently (ie 172pt), and would like to know if there is a way to add those to the default drop down selections in Illustrator?
Thanks in advance!
By "drop down selections," I assume you mean Menu>Type>Font, to select the standard type sizes from the old days of typography. (I never use this.)
A quick way to set selected text to 172 (or any other) point size would be to use the Character Panel (command-T on Mac) and manually change the type size field. Unfortunately, with text selected, simply opening the character panel doesn't highlight the first field, so attempting to tab through the character fields will simply replace your selected text with a "tab" character. So we're forced to manually change the fields. As far as I know, this is the fastest way to get from the default text size to 172 pt.
In Prefs, you can also change the size/leading increments when using keyboard shortcuts for type.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for the answer, and yes I have been manually changing sizes via the Character Panel. In fact, if you have the size field highlighted you can use the scroll wheel (PC) on your mouse to "Scroll" the size up or down (useful when trying to fit type into an area, when you are not so concerned about using a particular point size) What I really was looking to do was add preset options in the dropdown for quick access to commonly used sizes, and remove some of the never used sizes (like anything from 6-10pt... 6pt type? really... who uses that! LOL) Maybe Adobe will add this functionality in future versions.
Thanks for the reply!
It's not precisely what you want, but darn close would be to create a character or paragraph style where the only variable is the point size of the type. Then you'd just neeed to click that style to format your text. Here's some pics. I used a character style assuming you might have other text that should not have the big size. If that's not the case I'd use a paragraph style to make it just a hair easier.
Hope that helps
Unfortunately, with text selected, simply opening the character panel doesn't highlight the first field, so attempting to tab through the character fields will simply replace your selected text with a "tab" character.
Just for your information: When doing it this way you can use the default shortcut Cmd-Option-Shift-F to highlight the first field in the Character palette.