Adobe Systems' graphics editor, Illustrator, is a popular program for creating advertisements, 3D logos and printed materials. Although similar to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator is especially prized among graphic designers for its typographic ability to style text. Among other things, you will be able to add color, texture, shading, graphics and columns. Columns help you organize your text similar to how it is divided in a newspaper. This article will walk you through how to customize columns in Illustrator.
Step 1. Launch the Adobe Illustrator application
Step 2. In the dialog box when the program starts, select whether to open an existing document or create a new document for printing
Step 3. If you haven't created a text layer yet, create a new layer for your text using the Layers Palette
To access the Layers Palette, open the Windows tab in the top horizontal toolbar and then select Layers from the drop-down menu. Click on the "Add New Layer" button at the bottom of the Layers Palette window.
Step 4. Enter or paste the text you want to be split into columns
Step 5. Select the text with the cursor
Step 6. Select the "Type" tab on the toolbar
Open Area Type Options. A dialog box will appear.
Step 7. Find the "Columns" section
This section is on the right side. Choose how many columns you need.
Step 8. Select the width of the columns
This option is called "Span". You can manually specify the width of the columns, or let Adobe Illustrator automatically split your columns evenly.
- Check the “Fixed” checkbox if you want the column width to remain the same even after adding text, decreasing or increasing the size of the text box. The number of columns may change, but they will still remain the same width.
- Leave the checkbox unchecked if you want the number of columns not to change and you don't care if the width of the columns changes when you increase or decrease the size of the text box.
Step 9. Set up "Gutter"
Gap is the space between the columns. Adobe Illustrator will automatically detect the gap, but you can change it as you wish.
Step 10. Determine how the text will be filled in in the "Options" section
Click on the right button to make the text fill the columns from left to right.
Step 11. Click OK or select the Preview tab to see how your changes affect the text box
Step 12. Save your file after you finish configuring the columns
Return to the Area Text dialog box to further modify the column settings.