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Converting Text into Paths

Text objects are made up of many paths that define the characters in a font. When you convert a text object into a path, you are sacrificing control over the text content (the characters you typed or pasted) to gain control over the shapes of the characters in the selected font. This means that the spell checker and the Find and Replace panel will not work with text objects that have been converted into path objects.

To convert a text object into a group of path objects, simply select a text object with the pointer and then select Convert Text to Paths from the Text menu or press Control+Shift+P (Windows) or Command+Shift+P (Macintosh). The text object will change to a group object on the Canvas and in the Layers panel, as in Figure 9.13. Press Control+Shift+G (Windows) or Command+Shift+G (Macintosh) to ungroup the object so that you can select individual characters with the Pointer tool. Many text characters that contain voids, such as P, Q, and R, will be composite paths. Use Split from the Combine commands on the Modify menu to break these paths apart, or use Join to restore them.


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