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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Using Break Apart to Modify Characters

Using Break Apart to Modify Characters

When a line of text is created in Flash it appears in a bounding box that is editable. Sometimes you might need to adjust the characters separately or you might want to modify the shape of the characters themselves to create new character styles. The Break Apart command allows you to do this. There are two levels of breaking that you can utilize. The first break will separate the text field into singular, editable characters. This is useful if you want to reposition or align the letters of a word independently. The second break severs the text from its font reference: in essence it becomes a shape that you can edit with any of the drawing tools or pen modifiers.

Break a Text Field into Single Characters

Select the text field on the Stage with the Arrow tool.

Click the Modify menu, and then click Break Apart.

Each character appears in its own editable box.

TIMESAVER Press +B (Mac) or Ctrl+B (Win) to use the Break Apart command.


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