Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum Algonquin College Graphic Design Program Computer Graphics Course Curriculum

Setting Type

Apps Used: Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is pretty good at setting type. It's no InDesign, but it can set point type, area type, type on a path and more. What's really great, is that you don't always need to draw a box to type.

This is a formative assignment

That means that you'll be learning and practising new software skills. This assignment contributes to your final grade in the course. This work will be graded as either:

Complete Incomplete

If needed, I will provide written feedback on your performance.

Video Tutorials


For your introduction to type in Illustrator, we’ll set the type for a half-letter sized advertisment for Adobe Illustrator in Adobe Illustrator. Pretty meta, eh? We’ll use this layout to discover how to set point type and area type. We’ll put text in columns. The appearance of the text will be controlled with Paragraph Styles.


We’ll use fonts you already have on your computer. They’re part of the Myriad Variable Concept Condensed.

Document Setup

Setting Type Page Setup
These are the dimensions for your document.

The document is half a letter page horizontally. There are three columns that have 1/8” gutters. The margins are a quarter inch all around. InDesign can do all this for you. In Illustrator, we draw our grid with stroked boxes, then convert them to guides.

How Bleeds Work

How bleeds work
This is how bleeds work. Either to the margin or to the bleed line. Nothing in between.

If any artwork on the page is going to touch the edge of the page, we need to extend it to the bleed line. Bleeds are always 1/8” or 0.125”. Be precise.

Paragraph Styles

Paragraph Styles store the appearance of block-level text so that appearance can be applied to various instances of text throughout your document. If the attributes of a paragraph style is edited, all the text with that paragraph style applied will change. This is very convenient when you have a lot of text to format. Edits can be done globally with only a few clicks.

Use the guide above to create on paragraph style for each different text formatting definition.

Units of Measure

It’s best to use points as a unit of measure when doing page layout since type is measured in points. This gives you one common measuring system.

Units of measure

Formative Activity

Open the provided Illustrator file, then copy & paste each block of text as either point type or area type as is appropriate. Make sure all the text has a paragraph style attached.


We’ll use fonts you already have on your computer. They’re part of the Acumin Variable Concept Wide.

Supplemental Links

What you'll submit:


Once you've completed your work, save and close each document. Rename the provided assignment folder as LastName-FirstName-Group-Nº-Assignment-Name. So,

Appleseed-Johnny-1-Setting Type

Right-click, then choose Compress... to create a zip file for submission. So...


The zip file is what you submit.

Failure to submit your files as directed will incur a proportional loss of points. If your file/folder is not named with your name, you will earn a zero. Why?