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Learn how to import and export text in Adobe Illustrator.
You can import text into your artwork from a file created in another application and vice versa. You can also export text files to other applications.
One advantage of importing text from a file, rather than copying and pasting it, is that imported text retains its character and paragraph formatting. For example, text from an RTF file retains its font and style specifications in Illustrator. You can also set encoding and formatting options when importing text from a plain text file.
Illustrator supports the following formats for importing text:
When importing text from Microsoft Word and RTF files, make sure that the fonts used in the file are available on your system. Missing fonts and font styles—including fonts that have the same name but different formats (Type 1, TrueType, or CID)—may cause unexpected results. On Japanese systems, differences in character sets may prevent text that was entered in Windows from appearing on-screen in macOS.
Choose File > Place.
Specify the Character Set and Language that was used to create the file.
Select Extra Carriage Returns to determine how Illustrator processes extra carriage returns in the file.
Select Extra Spaces if you want Illustrator to replace strings of spaces in the file with tabs. Enter the number of spaces to be replaced by a tab.
You can export text from Illustrator as a text file and retain all its attributes. Follow the given steps:
Use a Type tool to select the text you want to export.
Choose File > Export > Export As and select a location for the file and enter a filename.
Choose Text Format (.TXT) as the file format.
Enter the name of the new text file in the name box, and select Save (Windows) or Export (macOS).
Choose a Platform and an Encoding method, and select Export.