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Change font size without changing font family

New Here ,
May 04, 2023 May 04, 2023

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I want to have predefined font sizes that I can use without changing the typeface and the weights.

 

So, something like character styles but ONLY for type size. Is that possible in Illustrator?

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May 05, 2023 May 05, 2023

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it sounds doable, can you elaborate? post samples? or share files?

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May 05, 2023 May 05, 2023

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Let's say i have a headline set in Arial 72px. I want to have a bunch of predefined type sizes so I just change the font size and not the family. If I were to ink drop off these type sizes in the attached image, it would change my font family to Georgia. But, I just want the type size / weight / etc to stay the same as is.

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May 05, 2023 May 05, 2023

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Illustrator's weird way of using styles prevent you from using styles for it.

WHile you can set up a style that has only the size defined, Illustrator then unfortunately uses the [Normal Character Style] for everything that hasn't been set up in the Sizing style. Instead of just leaving it as is.

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- record an action to change the font size

- save the action

- open the action in a text editor

- delete all the parameters the action recorded, just keep the font size

- edit parameterCount (from 23 to 1)

- edit font size parameter number (from 5 to 1 on my action)

- close and save the action file

- reload the action set

 

here's the action contents after deleting all the fluff

 

 

/version 3
/name [ 15
	6170706c7920666f6e742073697a65
]
/isOpen 1
/actionCount 1
/action-1 {
	/name [ 8
		3135342073697a65
	]
	/keyIndex 0
	/colorIndex 0
	/isOpen 0
	/eventCount 1
	/event-1 {
		/useRulersIn1stQuadrant 0
		/internalName (adobe_SLOCharacterPalette)
		/localizedName [ 17
			4368617261637465722053657474696e67
		]
		/isOpen 1
		/isOn 1
		/hasDialog 0
		/parameterCount 1
		/parameter-1 {
			/key 1936292453
			/showInPalette -1
			/type (unit real)
			/value 154.0700073242
			/unit 592476268
		}
	}
}

 

 

 

and here's how it should look like after re loading

 

editedAction.jpg

 

you can then edit the action text file again to manually add more sizes as needed

 

I meant edit the file to add more actions to the Action Set to apply other sizes, or if that's too complicated, record all your font sizes in separate actions before editing the action file

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