Adobe Illustrator Bullet Points | How To Make Bullet Points And Lists In Illustrator

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How To Make Bullet Points And Lists In Illustrator


Whether you’re designing a presentation deck a flyer or even simple slides for an Instagram carousel, you may encounter the need to apply bullets and numbering in Adobe Illustrator well. If you’re watching this video, you most likely already know that illustrator doesn’t have an inbuilt option for bullets and numbering, which can be quite disappointing, considering it has a pretty powerful text engine granted when it comes to large volume, text, formatting and layout design, you would be better served using Adobe Indesign and some would argue that illustrator is well for illustration, But sometimes you find yourself in this unique spot where it still doesn’t make sense to involve a whole other application just for a few lines of text. That’s like throwing a grenade at the house fly. Now get the job done, but it’s too much hassle for one so little, so in this video. I’ll show you how to create multi-level lists in Illustrator. It might seem a bit complex and counterintuitive at first, but it’ll all make sense once you understand that replicating bullets and numbering in Illustrator is really just about controlling two things, the indent and tap spacing the only difference to what processors like InDesign or Microsoft Word is that there are tools that automate and simplify this process so in the first part of this video. I’ll demonstrate the various factors that come into play when creating numbered lists. And if you stick with me to the end, I’ll show you the quickest way to create accurate multi-level lists using only the paragraph panel. So let’s get into it first. Let’s look at an example of a typical list structure. We are reference going in the first thing to note is that the list is indented from the left margin, the indentation doubles as the list progresses to higher levels. We also see a space between the bullet points and the least content. Now we just need to find out where we can control these options within illustrator. You’ll find them in the paragraph and tabs panels. If you don’t already have them open, you can activate them on the window type. [MUSIC] Remember to set your document units to points the quickest way to achieve death is to activate the rulers with controller command R then right, click on the top left, where horizontal and vertical rulers intersect and choose points now. I’ll draw a text box and paste in my sample text. I’ll also set the size to 16 points. [music] notice I have the bullets represented by a star symbol what we’re going to do is replace all instances of the star symbol with a bullet and trap spacing. This brings me to the next tip if you use a keyboard that includes a dedicated number pad, hold the Alt key and type in 0 149 on the number pad again. That’s Alt 0 1 4 9 and you should instantly see a bullet. If you’re on a mark, you want to press option 8 then hit the tab key. Remember on Windows? This usually works with the number pad located on the right side of your keyboard. Now you can copy and paste these across the document. If you don’t have a full keyboard, do not fret, there’s another way, which I think is even more efficient. First, select all portions of the text with the star symbol go to edit find and replace in the first field impute the text you wish to replace in this case, the star symbol, then in a second field. Ideally, you should impute the bullet symbol and type spacing, but let alone straight to handle it in its own way. Click on the drop down menu with the heart symbol and choose bullet character. You should see two characters appear in the box, a correct and the number 8 don’t worry, it’s the way illustrator represents a bullet, click to deselect the characters and open the drop-down again this time, choose the top character. This will produce a carrot and in lowercase. D now click find replace all done. You should now have bullets and tabs in place of the star symbols. Now that we’ve got two bullet points and tabs in place, we can begin to manipulate the indents and tab spacing make a selection of the least portion of the text go to the paragraph panel and click on the menu button on the top right of the panel, then reset panel. This will clear out any pre-existing settings that could cause problems for the left indent type 40 points. This will be our coding number. You see why shortly if you notice? The selected text jumped 40 points from the left margin of the text box for the first line left indent impute type minus 20 The idea is to always type in the negative 1/2 value of whatever number you set for the left indent, so if we are typed, say 50 points in the first box, we will set the first line left indent to minus 25 and so on at least is starting to take shape. Now go to the top panel. Make sure you still have your list. Selected with the alignment set to left justified tab, click anywhere along the ruler, then set the value above to 40 points, same as the value of the left indent. Now your list should be perfectly aligned from the left. If this is exactly what you want, you can stop here and go to a happy dance. Just don’t break something. But what if you need to create a multi-level list? Like, in the example before whatever list item has a child and grandchild item, it’s simple, you just need to adjust the indents and tabs for the concern list items select the items you wish to extend and in the paragraph panel add 40 points to the value of the first line indent remember, 40 is our golden value this time you don’t have to touch the second box and it types panel. Click again anywhere along the tab. Rulers then set the value above to 80 same as the first line indent. The next level of your list should now be perfectly indented from the left. If you still need more levels, just repeat the previous steps by adding 40 to the first line indent, creating a new tab stop and setting it to the value of the first line indent. All that was to help you understand what goes on in the background and have more control whenever you need to apply a number into your text, but if you don’t want to mess with tab stops every time you need to create a list, just set your golden number to a multiple of 18 in this case. I set it to 36 so I get the extra indentation required to push the list further from the left, and of course, the first line left indent would be minus 18 the negative half of the first line indent from here on out you just need to keep adding 36 to the existing value of the left indent whenever a list needs another level and it should align perfectly. I’m not so sure why 18 points works so well, but in my research, I noticed 18 was the default value for setting of bulleted lists in InDesign. So I applied it here. And what do you know it fit perfectly so there? That’s how you apply Bullets and numbering in Illustrator. If you have any questions or difficulties, be sure to let me know in the comments. Remember to Like, share and subscribe, so you don’t miss out on any future tips and tutorials? Thanks for watching.