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Jack Pedleham
Text box variables and text alignment
on Dec 17, 2015 at 10:28:37 am

Hi All,

At work i have hundreds of different signs to batch out with variables but some are single line text and some are double. I Want to keep the text centred until it becomes double line at which point the leading becomes the center of the textbox. Ive tried to demonstrate in the below image



Basically id like it so that the textbox expands around the center point based on content rather than from the top line. Is this possible?

Thanks everyone

Jack


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: Text box variables and text alignment
on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:44:47 pm
Last Edited By Kalle Kannisto on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:48:28 pm

It's a bit complicated, but it is possible. Here's how:

1) Make your text box the width you want it.

2) Select the text or place cursor in the text and select from menu Type>Area Type Options.

3) Turn on "Auto Size". This will make the text box height fit vertically to text.

4) Create a separate box within which you want to vertically center the type. Doesn't have to have any fill or stroke.

5) Select both the text box and the "alignment box".

6) Click on the "alignment box" again, it will highlight with a darker line (it becomes the key object for aligning.

7) Align the objects vertically centered. The text box will move to the center, the "alignment box" will stay in place.

Once set up this way, you can replace text and do 5-7 to re-align vertically.


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Jack Pedleham
Re: Text box variables and text alignment
on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:17:31 pm

Ouch im on cs6 and dont have the magical autosize! Maybe its time for an upgrade.


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: Text box variables and text alignment
on Dec 18, 2015 at 8:03:43 am

If you can determine the line breaks beforehand -- or do them manually -- you can use point text instead.


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