holidayban 300px

Our office will be closing at NOON on Monday Dec. 23rd.
We are closed on Tuesday Dec. 24th and Wednesday Dec. 25th.
We will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26th at 8am.

25 years banner

Ai Text to Outlines?


How do I convert my text to outlines in Adobe Illustrator?



You can turn type into a set of compound paths, or outlines, this is a great fix for those who don't know how to find and send a font needed with in a job.

Font outline information comes from the actual font files installed on your system. When you create outlines from type, characters are converted in their current positions; they retain all graphics formatting such as their stroke and fill.


  • You can't convert bitmap fonts or outline-protected fonts to outlines.
  • When you convert type to outlines, the type loses its hints—instructions built into fonts to adjust their shape so that your system displays or prints them optimally at a wide range of sizes. If you plan to scale the type, adjust its point size before converting.
  • You must convert all the type in a selection; you cannot convert a single letter within a string of type. To convert a single letter into an outline, create a separate type object containing only that letter.

1. Select the type object(s) with the solid arrow tool.
    (Most times it is best to convert all text to outlines, then do a "Select All" at this point)

2. Choose Type > Create Outlines.

3. Save the file as a separate file so you have a copy that can be text edited later if need be.