How to use touch type tool for Illustrator Tutorial

Learn how to use the touch type tool for Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 etc, tutorial for use with fonts, characters and shapes.

Touch type tool for Illustrator

How to use touch type tool for Illustrator fonts
  1. Create some type for use with the touch type tool in Illustrator

  2. Select the touch type tool (beneath the type tool) in the Illustrator toolbar

  3. Select a character

  4. Shift and re-size the individual text characters in seconds by tapping the character with the touch type and then selecting the bounding box and move as well as the corner handles to re-size the artwork (which is a vector)

  5. Tap or click on the character and rotate by using little dot at the top of the character

Obviously, the touch type Illustrator tool is not so useful with a single character but if you have multiple character shapes then you can play endlessly with the position and rotation of the characters. The tool does not do anything more than can be done with careful manipulation of the characters in the standard text panels. As you manipulate the characters you will see the settings change in the panel such as rotation, baseline shift, leading, scaling etc


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The tool is a live tool, if you decide that you want to change the text from 'charlotte' to 'desdemona' then you can. Just edit it as you would with normal characters and then contine with the typographical manipulation.


The tool is superb but at some point you will hit the limits and the characters will not move or rotate any further. Sometimes you can get around this by selecting another character and then moving that away from the other (sometimes you may find it seems to be impossible to move one of them and probably the easiest solution is to go to the character panel and try and change the settings there or just undo some of the changes.


Color can be added via the tool tool in Illustrator as well as opacity etc. Simply select the character using the tool and then go to the color settings and change the color or go the opacity setting for the character and change the opacity - all the other characters will be untouched and remain as before. You can also use the tool to individual change the font and font size etc


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The tool is a very quick and easy and very effective for creating some really wow typographical artwork.


You can also use the tool with the color guide to create stunning colorful text themed artwork. Simply select the characters and then apply the color guide to randomly change the color order or select monochromatic or triad etc harmonies or use different swatch color libraries.


You can also apply effects and then move the characters using the tool such as the 3D extrude effect on the right and the extrude etc will still be applied and modified as you move items or increase the size or change the angle of the work.


You can also add other effects such as blurs and many others but the more effects you add, the more likely you will start seeing some slow down in the changes of the letters


The results can all be saved as a new symbol in the symbols panel, they can also be added to the CC library and the work can then be further tweaked in applications such as Photoshop


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