Friday, July 12, 2013

How to Convert Text to Outlines for Printing

Step by Step Instructions on How to Convert Adobe Illustrator Text to Outlines for Print

If you want your artwork file to print properly as a banner, it is essential that you have your fonts converted to outlines. If you do not submit files with the text converted, your font will be converted to a default font. When you convert your text to outlines, your text turns into a vector image. The text is no longer editable.

Designer Tip: Always keep a copy of your original file in case you need to make edits later

Once you have designed your artwork in Adobe Illustrator and you are ready, select all of the text. You can tell your text is still a font because it will be underlined.
Text as a Font will be Underlined
Text as a Font will be Underlined

Go to the toolbar and click on the "Type" menu. Click on the "Create Outlines" button. You can also use the command keys (shortcut) "Shift+Ctrl+O" on a PC or "Shift+Com+O" on a Mac.

Click on the Type Menu and Select Create Outlines
Click on the Type Menu and Select Create Outlines
When your text is converted to outlines it will have vector paths around the letters. You will be able to resize the images without losing resolution.
View of text that has been converted into outlines
View of text that has been converted into outlines
When your files are ready, click here to get started on your Vinyl Banner!

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