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Area text shifts up or down when you open an Illustrator 10.x or earlier document (Illustrator CS-CS2)

Issue

When you open a document created in an earlier version of Adobe Illustrator, one or more of the following issues occur:

-- Text within an area text block shifts up or down.

-- Text reflows.

-- Lines break differently than in the original document.

Details

You performed one of the following actions:

-- You clicked Update when Illustrator returned the message "This file contains text that was created in a previous version of Illustrator. This legacy text must be updated before you can edit it. Choose Update to update all of the legacy text now. Choose OK to update the text later."

-- When Illustrator returned the message "Editing the text may cause layout changes. Choose Copy Text Object to update the text and preserve the original layout as a separate reference object. Choose Update to update the text without creating a separate reference object," you clicked OK, edited the text, and then clicked Update or Copy Text Object.

Solutions

Do either of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Don't edit the text.

1. Open the legacy document in Illustrator CS2 or Illustrator CS.

2. Click OK when Illustrator returns the message "This file contains text that was created in a previous version of Illustrator..."

3. Don't edit the text in the document.

Solution 2: Manually adjust the text in the updated text object.

If you need to edit the text, create a copy of the original text object and use it as a guide to manually restore the original text location and spacing in the new text object.

To create a copy of the original text object and then adjust the text in the updated text object:

1. Open the legacy document in Illustrator CS2 or Illustrator CS.

2. Click OK when Illustrator returns the message "This file contains text that was created in a previous version of Illustrator..."

3. Select the Text tool.

4. Click in the text object, and then click Copy Text Object when Illustrator returns the message "Editing the text may cause layout changes..." Illustrator creates a dimmed text object containing the old, uneditable text beneath the new, editable text object to serve as a reference for the original location of the text.

5 . Edit and then reposition the text in the editable text block to match the spacing of the old, uneditable text.

6 . Unlock and delete the dimmed text object containing the old, uneditable text:

a. In the Layers palette, expand layers until you find the uneditable text object, labeled "Legacy Text Copy."

b. Click the padlock icon in the left column.

c. Click Legacy Text Copy to select the text object.

d. Click the Trash icon in the lower right corner of the Layers palette.

Background information

Illustrator CS-CS2 uses a text engine that is more compatible with current versions of other Adobe applications. The text engine includes changes in line composition and how text baselines are related to text containers. These changes may cause vertical shifts of text baselines, horizontal shifts in character placement, or changes in line breaks when you open files created in earlier versions of Illustrator. To compensate for these differences, Illustrator CS-CS2 creates an uneditable text object that preserves the original text placement, or a copy of the original text object for reference.


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Document 329666
Last edited - 02/22/2006

 

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