17 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2017 12:27 AM by johannes-promasidor

    Illustrator and Arabic text

      How can I write Arabic text in Adobe Illustrator OR CS suite???

      No way? Plugin? ME edition?

      I have a full license of CS3 and CS4 and i can't compose Arabic text!

      It's a mistake?
        • 1. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
          Level 1

          i have a simple question.

          How can i write arabic text in Adobe Illustrator OR CS suite???

          No way? Plugin? ME edition?

          I have a full licence of CS3 and CS4 and i can't compose arabic text!

          It's a mistake?

          Many thanks!
          • 2. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
            Wade S Zimmerman Level 1
            You first have to go to the System Preferences and choose one of the three arabic input modes or all three if you wish.

            Then you have to select one of the arabic fonts that are installed the type you might have to type backwards in order to make this work as I believe arabic is right to left.
            • 3. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
              Level 1
              To handle Arabic within Adobe Illustrator, or other Adobe products, you need to use the Middle Eastern versions. English editions cannot handle the complexity of the Arabic language. Using Illustrator CS4-ME for example, it includes bundle of Arabic Fonts, and allows you to compose Arabic text or import Arabic text -for example from Microsoft Word. See Illustrator CS4-ME examples: http://www.fontworld.com/me/illustratorme.html
              • 4. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                Seattle User Level 2
                Does anyone know if any standard English CS4 application can co-exist on the same computer with CS4 Middle Eastern versions? I currently have CS3 and CS4 coexisting happily, and I'd like to install the trial of CS4 ME (Illustrator and InDesign only) to see how they work...but I don't want to mess anything up.
                • 5. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                  Wade S Zimmerman Level 1

                  Your not from a City I love but here is something you can do that is safe.

                  You can if you have a MacPro use and external disk and install a system on that then boot from that system, holding down the option key at start up will give you the disk chooser, then Install the ME version on that to be safe you will have to boot into that system to use the ME version.

                  The other thing you can do if you have a MacPro is to simply install Windows on hard drive it has to be the first drive in the internal bay order than install the windows version of ME
                  and use one of the several software that will allow you to switch back and forth while booted in the MacOS.

                  You can easily find out if this is possible by asking the Adobe Store or customer relations.

                  If you have the software already and the system allows you to install then you will be at least able to install alongside what you already have but if it is safe I doubt anyone knows.

                  However there are some software that will allow you to back up your current system and disk so if you try it and it goes wrong you will be able to restore what you now have.

                  I believe Time Machine will also do this for you.
                  • 6. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text

                    It is not enough to type Arabic backwards, not that that is a good idea anyway, the characters are formed contextually whether they are the at beginning, middle or end of a word or isolated completely.

                    MacOSX has the ability to do right to left text but Adobe doesn't use the core technology involved.
                    • 7. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                      Seattle User Level 2
                      Wade, having lived in Seattle for 10 years myself, I'm not a fan, either! Oh well.

                      Thanks for the input - I appreciate it. We're approaching the crux of this problem and will need to make a decision soon, so we'll see how it goes.
                      • 8. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                        I work at a company that uses Arabic Text, and went through this very problem. We had to install the ME version of Adobe. There is no getting around it.

                        • 9. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                          Seattle User Level 2
                          We ended up purchasing Illustrator CS4 ME. You're right - we needed the full Arabic text capabilities including all the ligatures.
                          • 10. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text

                            Adobe has created a .psd file that supports correct RTL Arabic. You can open this in Illustrator or Photoshop and you're ready to go. Works quick and easy and saves you shovling out loads of money on ME version.





                            • 11. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text

                              I can teach you a small trick that I discovered myself;


                              Uing Microsoft word and adobe acrobat pro, you can type the text you want in arabic using the Arial font, then export the document to PDF format.

                              Now go to illustrator and open the file.

                              At first it will tell you that a font substitution will occur, then it will display your text in rectangles.

                              Just double click your text and select Arial font again and voila.......


                              just copy your text to your file and outline it.



                              • 12. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text

                                i wan'r arabic font, from where i will get.

                                • 13. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                                  Larry G. Schneider Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  What OS are you using? Both Windows and Apple include Arabic fonts in the standard OS font list.

                                  • 15. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text

                                    Hey guys, I recently encountered this problem with a designer friend.
                                    We had a couple of projects that required the use of Arabic texts. So I had created a small app for her.


                                    Very simple to use. You paste the required Arabic text into the field provided, and with a press of a button, the app will throw out a fixed Arabic text ready to use in your clipboard...


                                    Link -> Arabic Text Fixer


                                    Hope this helps you guys!

                                    • 16. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text
                                      luluzaza72 Level 1

                                      I have been trying to get an .odt text (correctly set and provided by client) into Illustrator in order to design a business card.

                                      At first I used cut (from original .odt file) and paste into Illustrator, but the text kept displaying the characters in reverse order.

                                      I also tried Photoshop and got the same result.

                                      I tried the same thing MS Word, but that crashed.

                                      I finally got it to work by doing this:


                                      open Illustrator CC 2015 / Preferences / Type / put a check mark in the box “show indic options" / selected an Arabic typeface / pasted correct ODT text / it displayed correctly


                                      These are the only steps I needed to take.

                                      I opened a new document to test and learned that the setting in Preferences needs to be selected BEFORE you paste the text. If you have already pasted the text and then change the preference the characters will be in the wrong order.


                                      Hope this helps. The other suggestions in the previous post seem much more complicated than this easy fix. Good luck!

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                                      • 17. Re: Illustrator and Arabic text

                                        This worked for me on AI CC. Thanks so much!