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Is there any way to tell Illustrator not to use ligatures for certain text objects? E.g. if I write out "Baffin Isand" with increased spacing, the ffi ligature is going to look really weird. I know there's a palette where you can change this, but it doesn't seem to have any effect:

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First line: standard settings, ligatures will be created.
Second line: copy of first line, selected and then set the palette to not create ligatures. Got a message saying nothing changed.
Third line: new settings, no ligatures will be created, yet they are there.

Any suggestions? Right now I'm circumventing this by typing B-space-a-space-f-space-f-space-i-space-n in cases like this, that won't trigger ligature creation.

Trying to get the name of the island changed is not an option, besides, there is already a Hans Island in that region...
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Hans,
Check under the Open Type menu and play around with the "Discretionary Ligatures" and "Standard ligature" settings. I'm guessing deactivating one of these will do the trick.



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Hans,
I did a quick test using Garamond Premier Pro and "Baffin". All I had to do was select the text, open up the Open type menu, and deselect the "Standard Ligature" button (bottom left) and it worked like a charm.



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Erin,

Thanks, that did the trick! Hadn't used that menu before and I found some interesting other options there too...
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Hadn't used that menu before and I found some interesting other options there too...


I hadn't used that feature before either. It's amazing how much Adobe manages to pack into these programs. There's always something new to discover in the menus.



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Hadn't used that menu before and I found some interesting other options there too...


I hadn't used that feature before either. It's amazing how much Adobe manages to pack into these programs. There's always something new to discover in the menus.


Yeah, I was looking in the Text menu, there is an option there that deals with character replacement. But apparently, if you use an OpenType font, there's more options in a pallette... That's all kinda confusing sometimes...
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