Illustrator not breaking on hyphen

maxgraphic's picture

I'm using Illustrator CS, though I also downloaded a trial of CS5 and this behavior is the same.

I have a brochure with columns of justified text 5" wide. I noticed that Illustrator wasn't breaking "multi-functional" on the hyphen and instead gave the previous line tons of word spacing. Testing with a new document, I can't get Illustrator to break on a hyphen, which seems baffling.

I don't want auto-hyphenation, but I tried turning it on and fiddling with its settings until it broke at the hyphen. Strangely, it then didn't justify the line ending with "multi-". Not good.

I also tried inserting a soft-return after "multi-" and again Illustrator didn't justify that line.

The workaround seems to be to use a hard return and set the first paragraph to justify all lines and remove the "space before" setting of the rest. This seems like a horrible kludge.

Is there a better approach?


Florian Hardwig's picture

Is there a better approach?

Yes: use InDesign. Illustrator is for drawing, not for typesetting.
I know that is not the answer you wanted, sorry.

maxgraphic's picture

That's a bit odd considering that Illustrator has InDesign's multi-line composer and supports multiple pages. Surely a brochure is an appropriate task for it, if anything is.

Freehand was perfect for jobs like these. How Adobe hasn't caught up to where Freehand was in 2001 – especially considering they own it – is a mystery.

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