You don’t have to Outline your text to apply a gradient fill!
All you have to do is, dig around the Appearance Panel a lil bit =)
Locate your appearance panel and double click on “Character” to access the appearance of your live text.
In my workflow, I like to set the stroke and fill to “None” then back out by double clicking on “Type: No Appearance” to get back to the top level of your appearance.
Click on the “Add New Fill” button so that you can apply a gradient fill above the characters/live text
Now you’re free to edit the gradient or text without having to “outline” the text.
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