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Making a Charlie Brown Shirt with Conditional Text

You may be aware that I love conditional text. My latest creation is composed of four objects.

Layers

Layers

The shirt serves as the container for the conditional text squiggly. I had to add a space at the beginning in order to add a little kerning to get the squiggle to be centered on the shirt. Then I added right indent tab and applied a condition to it.

Conditional Text Squiggly

Conditional Text Squiggly

Because conditional text squiggles do not scale (meaning that the squiggle is the same size whether your font size is 2 pts or 200 pts), I had to make the shirt very small in order to get the squiggle to be the right size proportionally.

ConditionalTextCharlieBrownSweater_TransformSettings

Transform Settings

The vertical placement of the conditional text squiggle is relative to the point size of the characters, so by making the characters very small I could place them vertically where they needed to be.

ConditionalTextFontSettings_CharlieBrownSweater

Character Settings

And for your amusement, here is the Conditional Text Charlie Brown Sweater, as an InDesign snippet.

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn (a.k.a. "Document Geek") has over a decade of print and design experience. She holds Adobe Expert Certifications In InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat, and specializes in writing and designing technical manuals for the marine industry. She is the chapter representative for the Raleigh, North Carolina, InDesign User Group. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, dachshunds, and learning to garden.
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2 Comments on “Making a Charlie Brown Shirt with Conditional Text

  1. I’m having trouble opening the IDMS file in InDesign CS6.

    I’m assuming it was made using CC…did they break backwards compatibility again to force us to upgrade?

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