Does Illustrator have the capability to vertical justify of either area or point text? Vertical Justification of Horizontal Text, not Vertical Text.
The basic question is a simple yes or no. If the answer is yes, then the follow-up question is how.
I have a reasonable grasp of paragraph justifications, Left, Center, Middle..., but they all seem to apply to horizontal justification only. I want to justify the vertical flow point also. From my trial and error experimentation, it seems that Illustrator's vertical justification is limited to the base line of the top line of text relative to the text box, not the center or bottom of the text box.
For reference, Autocad has nine basic text justification options; Top Left, Middle Left, Bottom Left, Top Center, Middle Center, Bottom Center, Top Right, Middle Right, and Bottom Right. I'm transferring text from a multi-layer Autocad layout into Illustrator. The text is the screen print for a laser cut control panel and sub panels. It needs to align relative to the various cutouts and devices in the panel. When I bring it into Illustrator, it looses it's justification, but maintains it's position. The problem is that when I open the Autocad file with illustrator, all the multi-line text from Autocad is converted to left justified point text. The text is broken down from multi-line text into individual lines, and the vertical justification of each line is tied to the "baseline" of each individual line. I can see how to justify the text left and right, but not vertically.
I tried posting this question on a couple of other forums and also presented it to Adobe Support but the responses weren't on point. Adobe support (not US) took a tangent that involved using tabs to set the spacing for vertical text. I'm not using vertical text. I want to vertically justify horizontal text. I did experiment with a clunky work-around. I can align a text "object" to construction lines, which can accomplish the same finished result, but the methodology is very clunky compared to assigning justification, and the outcome is not parametrically associated. When using a justification, any edits to the text, size, or font will flow out from the justification point. If the text has been aligned as an object, then it will need to be repositioned anytime the text object changes dimension due to changes in text, font, or size.
A goal beyond this inquiry, I'd like to retain justification on import, but that question is currently out of sequence. I'll first need to determine if Illustrator has the capability to do the same basic 9 justifications that Autocad does. I need to submit my artwork to the screen printer before start of business Monday, so I'm budgeting some time this morning for fundamentals prior to executing the transfer from Autocad to Illustrator.
If your wondering why I'm using both Autocad and Illustrator: The machine shops only accept Autocad files, but the print shops don't work with Autocad, so I need to convert the registered Autocad text and other artwork (that is registered to physical locations) into illustrator so I can have it printed. I've only been working with Illustrator for about 6 months. I wanted to get to it years ago, but didn't have the horsepower to run. I still run my Autocad, which is resource frugal, on my old 800 MHz Pentium 3 laptop with 512K of memory. For my Solidworks and Adobe products I'm now using a modern laptop with ample horsepower. Yes, I carry both laptops through all the airports. The productivity increase from using 2 is addicting and justifies the additional luggage.
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