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How do I vectorize text in Illustrator?

Last updated on February 6, 2023 @ 4:33 pm

In Illustrator, vectorizing text can be a bit of a challenge. There are a few different ways to do it, and the best way to find out is to experiment.

One way to vectorize text is to use the “Create Outlines” tool in Illustrator which is found under the Quick Actions section in the Properties window. You can then turn your text into a vector and customize the layer’s properties to make it look the way you want.

PRO TIP: When vectorizing text in Illustrator, it is important to ensure that the text is properly converted to outlines. Otherwise, the text may not be properly displayed or edited.

Another way to vectorize text is to use the “Expand” tool in Illustrator. You can do this by going to Object > Expand.

In the pop-up window that will appear, make sure that the “Object” and “Fill” options are selected. Once done, click on the “Ok” button.

NOTE: This will turn your text into a path and you can use the “Properties” section to adjust the properties.

And that’s it! You can verify if your text has been vectorized if the Character and Paragraph sections are no longer available in the Properties window. This means that the font style of your text can no longer be changed since it is already vectorized.

Morgan Bash

Morgan Bash

Technology enthusiast and Co-Founder of Women Coders SF.