How to Convert Type to Outlines in Adobe Illustrator

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In Brief...

The primary reason you might want to convert text to outlines is to make the text independent of system fonts installed on any given computer.

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Instructions

  1. Using the Selection Tool, select the text frame, then go to Type > Create Outlines.
    Type Menu
  2. When the type has been converted, you'll see paths around the letter shapes.
    Converted Type

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