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How to add bullet points to text in Adobe Illustrator

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Text Effect/ Comments: 0

In today’s article, you’ll learn how to add bullet points to text, properly format a bulleted list and create a new paragraph style to speed up work with similar text objects in the current and new documents.

Although Adobe Illustrator does not have functions to create bulleted lists, a simple sequence of actions allows you to do that.

Step 1

Take the Type Tool (T) and create a text area, and paste a few paragraphs of text. For these purposes, I used Lorem Ipsum text.

Place the cursor at the beginning of the first paragraph and press the Alt + 0149 (Windows) or Opt/Alt + 8 (Mac) shortcuts. This will create a bullet point.

To create bullet points you can also use the Glyphs panel (Type > Glyphs or Window > Type > Glyphs).

Here you can choose not only the round bullet point, but other symbols. Many different symbols that work for our task are featured in the default WingDings and Webdings fonts.

Step 2

Place a Tab character after the bullet point.

Copy the bullet point then Tab and paste them in front of the rest of the paragraphs.

Step 3

Select the entire text area object and open the Tabs panel (Window > Type > Tabs) and set a left tab to 10 pt.

Open Paragraph panel (Window > Type > Paragraph) and set Left Indent to 10 pt, First Line Indent to -10 pt, and then set Space before paragraph to 5 pt. Now bulleted list has the correct format.

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