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Chapter 4. Text > Breaking Text Apart

Breaking Text Apart

There are some effects that you cannot apply directly to text objects in their initial state. This includes giving text a gradient or bitmap fill, providing an outline for text, or even reshaping or tweaking individual characters. To perform any of these tasks, you need to convert or break that text apart first. Doing so transforms the text object from a group of editable and configurable characters into its most basic form—a bunch of vector shapes. Only then can you reshape and graphically edit it any way you choose. Notice we said graphically edited; this is because once text has been broken apart, you can no longer edit it as text: Font changes, paragraph settings, and other normal text edits are no longer possible. In other words, there's no going back—make sure your text reads and looks just the way you want before you break it apart.

To break text apart:

1.
Select any text element on the stage.

A selection box will surround it.

2.
From the Modify menu choose Break Apart.

Once broken apart, you can give your text a gradient fill and outline and even perform other graphical edits that were previously impossible (Figure 4.21).

Figure 4.21. Breaking text apart lets you edit it in ways that would not be otherwise possible.


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