I'm creating Supplement Facts panels for food packaging - I'd love to have a style set up for my ingredients. Instead of painstakingly placing all the underlines. Is this possible?
I would, personally, do this with InDesign.
But, it can be done with Illustrator... a bit cumbersome though. And each line of text needs to be a separate object.
- Add a new fill to the type object via the Appearance Panel and move it below the
- With the new fill highlighted in the Appearance Panel, choose
Effect > Convert to Shape > Rectangleand enter zeros and hit OK.
- Then choose
Effect > Distort & Transform > Transformand reduce the vertical scale and vertical positioning to adjust the underline....
For different weights of lines you merely adjust the Transform options...
Save various configurations as Graphic Style to "quick apply" the same underline to other objects.
Again, each line of text needs to be an independent object. So, while this would work, it's not ideal.
Setting this up in InDesign is much more straightforward and allows for more control as a table. You can always export an InDesign file as a PDF/EPS and open that with AI if necessary.