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Creating Outlines

Type in Illustrator is a special kind of object. It accepts many effects, including all Illustrator effects (see Chapter 20, “Working with Placed Graphics and Filters in Illustrator”), but it is not as editable as a shape. Though within fonts, glyphs are merely paths, they also have the added duty in Illustrator of conveying language. Therefore Illustrator does not allow direct editing of glyphs' paths while they are treated as text.

After type has been converted to outlines there is no going back. Outlines cannot be made back into type, nor can their fonts be changed or used with paragraph or character styles. Additionally, outlines are invisible to text functions such as Check Spelling, Change Case, and Find Font.



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