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Type Week: Typeface Anatomy


Use web resources to define and explain Typeface Anatomy, and to identify the different parts of a typeface character.

Student Friendly Objective:

I can use the Internet to find out more about the different parts of type and what these parts are named.

Web Link:

Topics Discussed:

  • Typography
  • Letter Anatomy
  • Uppercase
  • Lowercase
  • Small Caps
  • Baseline
  • X-height
  • Ascender
  • Descender
  • Serif
  • Terminal
  • Stem
  • Crossbar
  • Bowl
  • Counter
  • Shoulder
  • Ligature


Visit the Typedia: Learn: Anatomy of a Typeface webpage in the link provided. Read through the article to learn about Letter Anatomy, and the standard set of names for the parts of a letter.

  1. Open your Text Week document in Illustrator and go to the second artboard.
  2. For each of the thirteen vocabulary terms:
    1. Create a headline in Point Type with the vocabulary word itself
    2. Use Area Type to write the definition of the vocabulary word. Use complete sentences, and you may copy and paste definitions (Just make sure you are copying the correct definition!).
    3. Use Point Type and the line or shape tools to demonstrate what each of the vocabulary terms looks like. Use the pictures on the website as a guide, but DO NOT copy the website’s images into your document. Use a red-colored stroke on your lines and shapes to show the part of the letter the vocabulary word is describing.
  1. You should have a headline, a definition and a graphic for each of the following terms:
    1. Uppercase
    2. Lowercase
    3. Small Caps
    4. Baseline
    5. X-height
    6. Ascender
    7. Descender
    8. Serif
    9. Terminal
    10. Stem
    11. Crossbar
    12. Bowl
    13. Counter
    14. Shoulder
    15. Ligature
  2. If you run out of room on your second artboard, you may use your third artboard, but do not use more than two artboards for this assignment. Save your document. We will continue to work with this document next week.

Assigned: February 27th, 2020

Teacher Pacing Due Date: February 28th, 2020

Adobe Illustrator Type Week: Type Tools

Welcome to Type Week!

Starting today, we are going to explore the use of type in Illustrator. We will discuss the different ways that type can be created and modified within Illustrator, and we will use our knowledge of color and shape to explore new ways to communicate with letters and words.


Students will be able to identify, explain and create Point Type, Area Type and Type on a Path in Illustrator.

Student Friendly Objective:

I can use the text tools in Illustrator to create Point Type, Area Type and Type on a Path.

Video Links:

Point vs. Area Type: https://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cc/point-vs-area-type-2/

Putting Type on a Path: https://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cc/putting-type-on-a-path-2/

Topics Discussed:

  • Type Tool
  • Point Type
  • Area Type
  • Overset Type
  • Type on a Path
  • Vertical Type
  • Vertical Area Type
  • Vertical Type on a Path


Create a new Illustrator Web document with four default-sized artboards. Save this document as “YOUR NAME – Type Week”. We will use this document throughout the week to practice with the Type tools in Illustrator.

Watch the “Point vs. Area Type” tutorial video in the link provided above. Follow the tutorial to learn how to create point type and area type using the Type Tool.

  1. After you have watched the tutorial, go to the first artboard in your new document.
  2. If you followed along with the tutorial, you should already have Point Type and Path Type created. If not, create an example of each now using the Type Tool.
  3. Watch the “Putting Type on a Path” video tutorial at the link provided above. Follow the tutorial to learn how to create text that attaches to lines and shapes using the Type on a Path Tool.
  4. Hold the mouse button down on the Type Tool to reveal the other Type tools: the Area Type Tool, the Type on a Path Tool, the Vertical Type Tool, theVertical Area Type Tool and the Vertical Type on a Path Tool.
  5. Try each of these tools, and show an example of each on your artboard. Make sure all your examples fit on one artboard.
  6. Your artboard should include an example of each of the following:
    1. Point Type
    2. Area Type
    3. Type on a Path
    4. Area Type inside a Shape (use the Shape Tool to draw your shape, and click on the path with the regular Type Tool)
    5. Overset Type (type that flows from one Type Area to another)
    6. Vertical Point Type
    7. Vertical Area Type
    8. Vertical Type on a Path
  7. Save your document. We will continue to work with this document throughout the week.

Assigned: February 26th, 2020
Teacher Pacing Due Date: February 27th, 2020