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Creating Outlines

To convert text to outlines in InDesign, either select a text frame with the Selection tool, or select characters with the Type tool. Then choose Create Outlines from the Type menu (or press Command-Shift-O/Ctrl-Shift-O). In QuarkXPress, you’re limited to converting only one line of type at a time, but InDesign has no limit on the number of lines you can convert.

QuarkXPress, by default, creates the outlines as a separate item, outside of the text box. By contrast, InDesign’s default behavior is to literally convert the text into outlines, anchoring them as a inline object within the text frame. (We discuss inline objects in Chapter 69.) If you want to make the outlines a separate copy, hold down the Option/Alt key when choosing the Create Outlines command (or add it to the keyboard shortcut). Then a copy of the type is created on top of the original; use the Selection tool to move it elsewhere.


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