For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6?
I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
As KMSTR says, you don't. Impact does not have an italic variant, nor a bold, for that matter.
Many consumer-based software like Microsoft Office allow so-called faux bold and italic for all fonts installed: if a separate font file for these alternate styles is not installed, the software simply slants the characters (for faux italic) or makes them thicker itself (for faux bold).
Do note that slanting is hardly the same as actual italics. Compare slanted and italic Garamond, for example:
Since faux is a way of obtaining these styles that the original type designer didn't have in mind, it is widely viewed as 'incorrect' among typographers and designers. Hence, Illustrator (and other other Adobe applications) only allows it with an option that isn't too easy to find or access.
You can use faux by different means, depending on the programme you're using:
Illustrator: simply shear your text object.
Photoshop: In the
Character panel, you can find Faux Italic in the panel's options.
InDesign: Use the
Skew option in the
Personally, with the hundreds of thousands of fonts available at our disposal, I would opt for another font altogether.
Using faux bolds and italics may work for home or small office use, but if you are sending the file to a professional for printing, these faux styles may not print as intended... or worse... error the entire file to where it will cost extra prepress fees to fix.
Best to make sure your original file is as error free as possible as it saves time and money.
In Adobe Illustrator the best way to fake an Italic, on a sans-serif font, is to Shear as others have said but also then reduce the kerning.
I find for most sans-serif fonts a 10degree horizontal shear, and -10 kerning is very very close to what an Italic would be. Again for sans-serif fonts. Here's an example using Source Sans Pro and Arial. Top is the real italic, bottom is 10 degree horizontal shear and -10 kerning:
Notice its not exact even in a Sans-Serif though. Source Sans Pro for example changes the lowercase "a" in the true italic. But overall using Impact with these properties should get a pretty good approximation for you.
I am quite a newbie at Ai so came to the thread looking for answers to the same question. I also couldn't be bothered looking for THE font as I just wanted to slant the font I had already picked. I found out that if you type your text in MS Word and "italicise" it you can copy and paste it into Ai and it keeps its shape. Ai doesn't recognise what font it is but doesn't seem to mind it. It also kept the text as a text. I exported the logo with the text as bmp / jpeg without any distortion or pixelation.
There is a website called https://smartfonts.com/. You can find a lot of italics there, simply switching angle in helping tool they have on website.
Here's link: https://smartfonts.com/library?angle=95-150&page=2
Italics start at 95°.
Also, you can find many more search helping options. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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