How to convert text to a shape in Illustrator

Need to convert text to an editable shape in Illustrator?

Converting your text to an editable shape in Illustrator will allow you to easily customize your text, combine the text with other shapes, or even use the text as an image mask. Outlining the text is also a good idea if you are planning to hand off the .AI design file to a print shop or another designer, so that they won’t need the original fonts installed to access the file.

Fortunately, converting your text to an editable shape is one of the easiest tasks to perform in Illustrator!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Type your text in the desired font
  3. Select the text you want outlined as a shape
  4. From the top menu, click Type > Create Outlines

 

How to convert text to shape in Illustrator