FAQ: SCREEN GRAPHICS 3. EDITING & MODIFYING

So that conventional type and paragraph formatting can be used, the text on the two artboards is outlined before converting to html.The text in Graphic News screen graphics can be edited exactly as you would a print graphic because the same character and paragraph styline is used. This is possible because the text is outlined. But before outlining an editable version is saved to the “translation layer”. Before you edit text you therefore have to replace the outlined text with the editable. And conversely, before you run the AI2HTML script you have to save the editable text to the Translation Layer, and outline the text of the Text Layer.

Last modified: March 2017 - Use of two Artboards (rather than three)

| 1. PRINCIPLE | 2 . AI2HTML SCRIPT - familiarisation | 4. PUBLISHING | 5. SCREEN TO PRINT |
  1. Download a screen graphic and open the Master .ai file in Adobe Illustrator CS4 (or later)
  2. Replace the outlined text in the Text Layer with the editable text in the Translation Layer
    This can most easily be done by toggling between Text View (which shows only the text in the graphic with everything else invisible and locked) with the Translation View (which shows only the Translation Layer, with other layers locked and invisible).
    TIP: If you copy the text in one Layer you can paste it exactly in position in another layer using Cmd-F
  3. Translate or edit the text using styling exactly as you would a print graphic.
    NOTE: The template used to create screen graphics (currently) uses layers and fonts (Franklin Gpthic and Helvetica as per prit graphics) to facilitate the conversion of a print graphic from Artboard 1 or conversely, to transfer translated text from a print graphic onto Artboard.
    TIP: After transferring translated text from a print graphic into Artboard 1, scale by 205%, and position to align with the Translation Layer text (by locking the translation layer and making it visible) using the arrow keys
    TIP: To scale, select the text, Click on the letter S, Hold down the Alt key and click anywhere on the document. This brings up the scale box.

  4. If more space is needed to accommodate additional lines of text, move the artwork below the additional line, and then enlarge the Artboard accordingly.
    TIP: When moving objects or text, lock all layers except the layer you want to move
    TIP: Use the Cursor Key (i.e. keyboard arrows) to move objects rather than moving by eye. Set the Cursor key by Cmd-K, set to 20, then return.
    TIP In the Artboard palette - Select the Artboard and click on the Artboard symbol to the right of the Artboard name. This brings up a menu. Increase the height of the Artboard by 20pt for each additional line of text. Then move the artwork below the additional line

  5. Racking and packing
    • Copy the editable text, and replace the text in the Translation Layer with this editable text (by toggling between the Translation View and the Text View), before outlining the text.
      TIP: To outline text Select, Type/Create Outline
      TIP: Text can be selected by dragging the Direct Select tool over the text, or by selecting sequentially with the Direct Selection Tool - holding the shift key down

      TIP: If you need further text changes after you have run the script, you can go to the pre-outlined state by doing sequential Cmd-Z
    • Check the Artboards names are still Artboard 1 and Artboard 2 - For some reason the names seem to morph - especially if using different language keyboards. So check, and if the names need to be reinstated go to the Artboard Palette, click on the Artboard Icon to the right of each artboard name to bring up the menu and edit the artboard name.
    • Go to Publish View and run the AI2HTML script. Check that the .png are labelled 1 and 2. If not, trash the output folder, edit the artboard names (as above) and re-run the script. Save to Adobe Illustrator CS4.

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