Creating Columns of Text in Illustrator
Any area type can easily be divided into columns, or even rows, whenever needed. First, create the area type, and then select it. Go to Type → Area Type Options. In the box that appears, you will see options for changing the settings of both rows and columns, as well as for resizing the area type.
Change the number of rows or columns by changing the Number settings underneath the Row or Column settings. The “Span” changes the width of individual rows or columns, and the “Gutter” changes the distance between each row or column.
If you select the “Fixed” box, then you can resize the area, and the number of rows or columns will change, not their width.
With the Fixed box deselected, the size of the rows and columns will increase or decrease when resizing, but the number of rows or columns will remain the same.
If you break the text into both columns and rows, rather than just one or the other, then you will want to choose the way text flows between columns and rows in the Options section. Selecting “By Rows” will cause the text to be read from left to right, first in the top row and then in the bottom row. Selecting “By Columns” will cause the text to be read left to right, first in the left column and then in the right column.