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Find Text Leading from Acrobat PDF

Ever have to recreate a document from an Acrobat PDF? You can find out most everything about the text by using the Object Inspector, except the leading. Well, here's a cheesy way to figure it out. Open the PDF in Illustrator (you just need one page). Release any and all clipping masks. Draw a guide at the baseline of the first line of text, and one on the line below. Now, Option-drag the first line to make a copy, and position it exactly next to the original first line at baseline. Then put a return anywhere in the copied line. Now adjust leading of the copied lines, so that the second line of copy rests on the baseline of the second line of the original. Now you know your leading.

Or you could buy expensive software to find the leading. Your choice.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Art Text 2.4.6

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Want to whip up a quick logo, button, or app icon for a document or presentation? A professional designer would be overkill, as would something like Adobe Photoshop, at least for most of us. You might think that you could whip up something in Microsoft Word or iWork, but their limited graphics tools just aren’t designed for creating standalone artwork. Instead, look to Art Text from BeLight Software for an inexpensive and fun way to create vector drawings and stylized text quickly and easily.

If you’d like to win one of ten free copies of Art Text 2.4.6 (a $19.99 value), enter at the DealBITS page before 17 February 2014.

The quickest way to get started with Art Text is to pick a template from its generous Template Gallery, which offers a number of sample headings, buttons, icons, and logos. They’re as much for giving you ideas as anything else, but I’ve seen plenty of icons and logos that aren’t as well done as Art Text’s samples.


One you pick a template that’s similar to what you want, you can customize background color, shadows, and icons, and it’s a ton of fun to play around with the various options. You can use Art Text as sort of a WordArt on steroids or even use it to design iOS icons. I had a bit of a laugh designing a couple of my own superhero icons. To see what other kinds of things are possible with Art Text, check out BeLight’s overview page.

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Intrigued? If you want to win one of ten copies of Art Text 2.4.6, which normally sells for $19.99, enter at the DealBITS page before 17 February 2014. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy.

 

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Comments about DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Art Text 2.4.6

David Price  2014-02-12 04:36
ArtText is so cool. I use it to write captions for slideshows, then paste it over the images... looks like a really cool font when superimposed but it's really a graphic. Very easy to use and the effects are amazing.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-02-12 05:05
That's a great use - have to try that next time I do a slideshow that's more than ad hoc.
David Price  2014-02-18 16:22
Here's a slideshow where the captions were done with ArtText: https://vimeo.com/11592468
Andrew James  2014-02-24 19:03
Hi David, this is a bit off topic but took a look at your video and was wondering if you give me a tip about how to do the tracking on the globe bit?