NSL WEEK 195- Adobe Illustrator CC “Create Outlines”

Whenever you send out artwork to be printed by a 3rd party, they ask you to “convert text to outlines”.

What does that mean? Check out the video above to find out.


Adobe Illustrator
Type: Create Outlines

You can find this function in the Type menu but it’s best to just use the keyboard shortcut:
Command + Shift + O (for Outline)


Adobe Illustrator
Outlined Text vs. Live Text

It’s important to Create Outlines before sending off to be printed. This will ensure that your design comes out exactly how you envisioned it. If the recipient machine does not have the same font as your design, it will still look correct. Warning: Once you have Created Outlines, you can not change the font or edit the letters as normal type. Adobe Illustrator will now see it as just anchorpoints and paths.

If you send Live Text and the recipient machine does not have the same font, it will not look correct.


Adobe Illustrator
Creative Text

Creating Outlines will also allow you to edit the letter shapes using paths and anchorpoints.


Checkout: SebastianBleak.Tumblr


Twitter: @SebastianBleak #AdobeGrind #NSL  Images looked best on FireFox when this post was created.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s