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Does anybody know how I can select all instances of a certain font/size combination in Illustrator CS2? E.g. all 10 point Arial?

Reason I'm asking is the beanbag-ball-globe thingy. The gores changed and also the size of them, so I had to copy all the stuff I manually placed, scale it and then paste it into the new gore. The scaling also affected the label sizes. Not that that's a bad thing, but I'd rather have them at 'easy' sizes (10pt) than 'difficult' ones (10.05pt)
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Hans,
Have you tried the Select > Same> by fill or stroke in the Select menu? Or you could try Select > Object > Text Objects



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Erin,

Tried both of them, but they don't do what I want. I only want to select the labels that have a certain point size, so I can change only those to a new point size.
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Well, in that case, I'm stumped. Looks like you can either create a new text layer or do some manual work, or accept the text the way it is. Do you have a backup copy referenced in Mapublisher that you could quickly update with the new changes? It might quicker that doing the manual text size adjustments. Perhaps there is a script out there that allows you to do this? You may want to check the two or three URL's that were posted a couple of days ago in another thread. E.



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I am not sure if it needs to be that difficult to do this through a script. Just loop over a selection and check what properties the objects has.
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In this case I would think about contacting Rick Johnson at Graffix.

He has created many selection tools for Illustrator and could probably create a more specific text-select-by-size tool. I have wanted one in the past too.

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Worth mentioning that FreeHand will do this with its Find & Replace Graphics window. Hans, if you want to send me that layer I'll run it through FreeHand for you to try to segregate those labels.

For the truly geeky, I think you could run an EPS file through a text editor and modify those lines where the scalefont operand met a certain numeric criteria, changing some other attribute (such as color) to something Illustrator could search on.
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Dennis,

Thanks for the offer, but I think I've got it covered. It's only in my prototype gore and I'm considering (partially) redoing that one just so that I get the sizing right. That one was developed for a different radius sphere, which caused some confusion and possible problems.
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did you use text styles? I find it a bit odd that you can't easily select all instances of a certain style, or can one?
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I really hope hat the ability to find specific instances of fonts, font sizes, etc... can be added to Illustrator now that adobe owns FH which ( as Dennis points out) has been able to do this for quite a long time.

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