Illustrator CC includes enhanced support for Indic languages. You can now create documents using Indic text. The additional Middle Eastern & South Asian Composer provides correct word shaping for many of the non-Western scripts.

The Middle Eastern & South Asian Composers support Indian languages:

  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu

This feature is enabled through the Preferences menu (Ctrl + K). The option is available in Preferences > Type > Show Indic Options.

Note:

The option Show Asian Options in previous versions of Illustrator is now renamed to Show East Asian Options.

Setting to switch on Indic options, in the Preferences
Setting to switch on Indic options, in the Preferences

When you enable Indic options, two additional composers are enabled in the flyout menu of the Paragraph panel (available in the Control panel or through Ctrl + T). The two additional options are:

  • Middle Eastern & South Asian Single-line Composer
  • Middle Eastern & South Asian Every-line Composer
Two new composers available when you switch on Indic support
Two new composers available when you switch on Indic support

Note:

In Preferences > Type, you can select only one of the Indic and Asian options at a same time. You can choose to have both options off, or select one of the two.

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