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Cleaning your font cache.

Another maintenance post. Another issue that can show itself in a few ways.

  • If you are unable to get Illustrator to boot and see that Illustrator is crashing as it shows “loading fonts”.
  • If your font list becomes filled with font names that look like they are combinations of other font names.
  • Other weirdness with the behavior of your fonts.

The font caches are temp files that both your computer and Illustrator cooks up to keep track of what fonts are active and where they are located. There is no danger in deleting them, they will be recreated the next time you restart Illustrator in the case of the application level caches or by the finder in the case of the system level caches. Office also creates its own, which behave the same way, but, well, for Office.

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23 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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Delete Preferences File

It will eventually happen.  Something will go wrong and Illustrator will no longer start up, or a tool will act weird and not let you change it’s settings or a modifier key will stop working…  There are a number of ways that this issue can manifest itself.  Luckily it’s easy to fix.

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31 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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Make guides

Another quick Illustrator tip suggested by my buddy Mike at Apple Water Creative. This one in response to the previous post covering non-printing layers.  Basically, he suggested that my workflow could be cleaned up by switching from non-printing layers to instead making guides out of my margin shapes and he is absolutely right. This completely eliminates the need for my non-printing layers and works really well, with only a couple of very minor snags.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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The appearance panel (part 3)

In the previous posts, we covered the basic functions of the appearance panel.  If you’ve just landed here, you might want to go back to the first in the series.

In this post, I’ll show a more complex example – how you how you can get editable Icy type or Ice covered type in Illustrator using only one type object.

Here is the other text in the sample file (You’ll want to get it here) along with it’s expanded appearance panel to show you what’s going on:

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - April 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm

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The appearance panel (part 2)

In the previous post, we covered what the basic function of the appearance panel is and went over how to add an additional fill to some text and add some effects that only apply to that added fill.

I mentioned that attributes could be added to 4 places – Here we’ll cover…

Adding a stroke, fill or effect to an entire layer

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