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Bullet Points in Illustrator

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In most fonts on the Mac Option 8 produces a bullet. I don’t know what happens when you type Alt 8 on Windows. You can use the Glyphs panel.

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How is your language set up for the keyboard?

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OK. Got it. It's different in the German layout. However, I'm looking for a list formatting

  • with a bullet point
  • aligned to the left border
  • with constant spacing from the bullet to the text

Is there something like that in AI?

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Not automatically.

You can use a formatting with a paragraph padding left and then a negative first line indent. And of course a TAB between the bullet and the text.

 

The bullet can be typed using ALT+Ü on the Mac.

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Unfortunately, there is no automated bulleted list in Illustrator. Take a look at this helpful tutorial:

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-illustrator-bullet-lists/

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Thank you!

Reading forums I realize, people struggle with that since at least 10 years. Is there no script available to automate it?

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It would be nice to be able to do this in Illustrator. But in case anyone is not aware of it, this sort of task (body text, structured text etc.) is easy to do in InDesign, and it is Adobe's tool for the job. It is usually simple to design the non-text elements in Illustrator and place that into InDesign to add the structured and body text. 

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If you do print, yes. But not if you prepare dozens of slides for Premiere and After Effects. Unfortunately PP&AE don't read ID. Exporting from ID to anything isn't a workflow. We pay tons of money for CC because those programs (are supposed to) work together.

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Thank you!

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Hi,

@hello-there wrote: "… Is there no script available to automate it?"

 

Not that I know.

But that should not be to complicated (depend on your requirements).

 

Select an areatext textframe and run this (quick and dirty written) snippet:

 

 

// tabulator_BulletList_textArea.jsx
// required: selected areatext textframe (with sample text, one or more paragraphs)

// that snippet will insert a bullet point and leading tab in every paragraph of the selected areatext textframe
// https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/bullet-points-in-illustrator/td-p/11206343?page=1
// Bullet Points in Illustrator 
// regards pixxxel_schubser 14.Juni 2020

create_BulletList ();

function create_BulletList () {
try {
var aDoc = app.activeDocument;
var aSel = selection[0];

if (aSel.typename != "TextFrame" || aSel.kind != TextType.AREATEXT) {
    alert ("wrong selection");
    return;
    }
} catch (e) {
    alert ("wrong selection");
    return;
    }

    var thePara = aSel.paragraphs;
    var p = null;
    var t = new Array();
    t[0] = new TabStopInfo;
    t[0].position = 20;

    for ( i=0; i<thePara.length; i++ ) {
        p = thePara[i];
        p.contents = "\u2022\t"+p.contents;
        p.tabStops = t;
        }
    return;
}

 

 

 

You can still do a lots of improvements - but for the beginning …

 

Before:

BulletList_01_before.png

 

After:

BulletList_02_after.png

 

If that works for you

have fun

😉

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