What are you using for layout?
It seems a simple matter to set all type to the same font and size. If you need them consistent, don't set type WITH the illustrations, set the type int eh layout app. If you want the type included in the illustrations, then ensure all your illustrations are at 100% in Illustrator, then ad the type. From there, simply do not scale the imported graphics in your layout application.
Thank you a lot. I need the type in the figures as they are legends to axis
for plots and schemes of instruments, etc. I still do not understand what it
means 100% in a vector illustration, meaning 100% of what? Do I need to set
the document to a given size prior to making any figure and then set it
Again, what are you using for layout?
Are you importing Illustrator files into Indesign or are you creating everything in Illustrator? You need to fully explain your workflow, please.
The only way 12pt Tacoma would not be 12pt Tacoma is if you are scaling artwork somewhere. If you simply want all the type to be they same in Illustrator, just set it all with the same font and size.
Where you been, Scotty?
A big part of my problem is that I am less than a newbie in AI. I am a
scientist editing a large book with many collaborating authors, a nightmare
by itself. Individual chapters are in MS Word. Illustrations range from
scientific plots (from SigmaPlot, Origin or Excel), photos (in various
formats) to drawings made in AI. At the moment, I am working with Word
documents and am inserting there low to medium quality artworks as jpg for
marking their placement in the final document and to make the text ready for
reviews. Eventually a designer will put everything together using Indesign.
Working with Word and inserting there jpg files, I run into the problems
with sizing illustration made in AI that I described in my first post. I am
trying to understand the process of converting a vector file made in AI into
a raster file that eventually, at the very end of the process, is printed. I
know that texts in AI are treated differently than objects like lines etc.
But I cannot find anywhere how it is done. Say, how AI users make sure
that the text they type in AI is printed in a size they desire?
Illustrator has a rasterize function under Object in the menu.
Depending upon the background color/texture of the imported images, you may need to have text deleted on a version so you'll have the option of resizing the image while keeping the text constant as was suggested.
Let me be more specific: suppose I need to insert a figure that in the final document is 3.5 in wide (its height depending on the aspect ratio that can change from case to case). I need all legends in Tahoma 10 pt in the final document. What are the necessary steps that would let me have the desired outcome?
If you are working with vector artwork, just make it 3.5in wide and use Tahoma 10pt. That can go straight into InDesign as it is.
For preview in Worst you may just Export as JPEG (File>Export) in the same size and set the Quality to High or Maximum to avoid ugly experiences. In Worst, set the width of the image to 3.5in.
In order to export the artwork in question you need to define its borders.
In CS4 you set the Artboard using the Artboard Tool: With the Artboard Tool select the artwork, and in the Export window tick Use Artboard, tick Range, and insert the Artboard number (this is hearsay; I am still with 10).
In older versions, you create a rectangle that fits the borders and Object>Crop Area/Crop Marks
Thank you all for your help. With it, I have just achieved what I wanted.
Using CS2 I did it this morning by enclosing the drawings in a rectangle and
setting the fill and borderline of the rectangle to none, exactly as Jacob
suggested. It forced AI to save/export the artwork with a specified width
and thus scaling the fonts, line thicknesses, etc. in a predictable way.
Your suggestions were very helpful and greatly appreciated. I think it such
a common task that it should be included in AI help menu somewhere.
For my part you are welcome, Jan.