Why can't I select all of the text in AI that's probably not text?

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Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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I'll admit I'm not good with AI though I know you can do amazing stuff with it. I'll often have to download AI or EPS files from stock. Often times the designer will use some palceholder text. Sometimes with the text tool and sometimes they do something else for the placeholder.

 

I have no idea what they do but I have to delete all of this placeholder. I can't just select it so I have to spend an enormous amount of time with the selection (A) tool, highlighting each freaking piece of each letter to delete it until all of the text is gone.

 

I don't understand why these designers do this if all they're doing is showing an example of where you can put text. Like I said, why not just draw a box with the text tool and put some dummy text there. It'd be easier where you could just select the box and delete.

 

But for this forum, question, does anyone have any idea how I can get rid of this text much quicker than having to select each letter?

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Enthusiast , Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022
Thank you. I asked a co-worker as I try not to bother her. She's a whiz at AI. I sent her the file and she told me everything was a clipping mask and all she had to do was release the clipping mask and that released everything. Myra - I appreciate you're helping me 

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Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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Generally, that happens when a .ai file has passed through Acrobat .pdf translation at some point. Or the type has been rendered as outlines, essentially drawings of type characters, so the file can be printed/displayed without the original font installed.

 

While Illustrator and page layout programs like InDesign let you set a contiguous block of text — and highlight it all or any part of it as such — if that file transitions with a .pdf format it will be broken up into phrases/words/individual letters. It's a pain, but it's a known problem. The best way to work with that type is to use your Selection/Black Arrow tool to drag-select all the type, and unfortunately, any graphic elements around it, then use the Shift key to de-select the elements you don't want. Once you have only the type characters selected, deleting them is easy. Press the Delete key and they're gone. If you miss the first time, use the Edit>Undo menu command to return to the baseline, then refine your selection to get exactly what you want from the file.

 

With type rendered as outlines, the process is much the same. Selecting the character drawings only with your Selection/Black Arrow tool, then dispatching them with the Delete key.

 

If you want to edit that type, you're flat out of luck with type that's been rendered as outlines. With type characters that have been broken up with PDF rendering, you may be able to use the Edit>Cut menu command, get your Type tool to drag/create a text frame, then use the Edit>Paste menu command to paste the text inside the new text frame. But it will blow the leading values, perhaps a bunch of the other sophisticated type tricks applied to the text, and if you don't have the font used installed on your system, likely the application of that font to the text. You'll have to recreate everything that's lost with that text on your own.

 

Wish I had a better answer for you, but that's the truthful one.

 

Randy

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Thank you I appreciate you posting your reply. It's good info for me to know.

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The text is converted to outlines so that you don't have to have the font. 

 

If you open the Layers panel (Window > Layers), is there a layer that contains all the text sublayers? If so, then you should be able click to the right of the circle (or the target circle itself) that is to the right of the layer name to select its contents and delete it. If there is other content in sublayers in the layer that you want to keep, you can instead Shift + select the sublayers and click the trashcan at the bottom of the Layers panel to delete them.

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Thank you. I asked a co-worker as I try not to bother her. She's a whiz at AI. I sent her the file and she told me everything was a clipping mask and all she had to do was release the clipping mask and that released everything.

 

Myra - I appreciate you're helping me 🙂

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