How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator

When it comes to your custom labels and custom packaging, what is written on the package is an essential element of your packaging design.


How it is written, on the other hand, is sometimes even more important.


Our associations with shapes, lines, and curves assembled in various fonts trigger compelling ideas and strong emotions.


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator

Different shapes and line styles incorporated into fonts influence how we feel about what we’re seeing.


You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful logo and packaging design. If you didn’t create your packaging artwork yourself, you’ve also spent time, money, and effort with your team, some freelance artists, maybe even marketers.


Now, you want to make sure everything appears just right. A huge part of achieving this is making sure your fonts look great when printed.


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator


Submitting artwork with a text outline is one sure approach to guarantee that your fonts print perfectly. What is a text outline, and how do you go about outlining fonts?


It’s really simple, especially with graphics creation and editing software such as Adobe Illustrator. Follow these simple steps to master how to outline text in Illustrator.



First things first: Duplicate your design file.

When you outline fonts in Adobe Illustrator, you also remove editing capabilities since it converts from type to vector shape.


If you are a graphic artist, you may find yourself second-guessing your decision to make a permanent change to your design using Adobe Illustrator. It is never that serious, but it is vital to have two separate files to avoid untimely mishaps.


Before you get started, save the design file in a separate document. This allows you to separate your design file from the print-ready file. After saving both files separately, you may now format your file for printing.


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator: Here are the steps.


Step 1: Choose your file.

Open the folder that contains the file you need to revise. Find and right-click on the artwork file containing the fonts that need to be outlined.


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator


Step 2: Open your file.

From the drop-down menu, select “Open with” for another menu to appear and click “Adobe Illustrator.”


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator


Step 3: Find all the items to be outlined.

Once Adobe Illustrator has loaded and is open, press CTRL+A (if on a PC keyboard) or Command-A (if on a Mac). This will select all objects in your artwork.


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator


Step 4: Create your outlines.

From the menu bar, select “Type,” then click “Create Outlines.”


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator


Step 5: Don’t forget to save your work.

Voila! It’s that simple and easy. Your fonts have been converted to outlines. Select “Save As” to save your file and  you’re good to go!


How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator


Outlining your fonts before submitting the print-ready file helps eliminate the risk of us not having the fonts you intend for us to use.


You will not have to provide us with your fonts when you have these outlines. All you have to do is convert your fonts to outlines before saving your final design.



How to Outline Fonts in Illustrator: FAQs


  • What is font outlining?

Font outlining entails tracing the outlines of each character in the text. This process ensures that each letter is geometrically defined into a scalable font while maintaining its original shape.


  • How do outlined fonts look like?

Font outlines look precisely like the original styled text, save for the inner fill. Outlined fonts will show a separate line tracing the outer face of a letter and another tracing the inner face of the same letter. A series of points, curves, and straight lines make up font outlines.


  • What is an outlined file?

If a file has been outlined, it means that fonts have been converted into vector shapes. This way, there won’t be any difficulties with missing fonts or legal concerns with font file transfers when the printer accesses it.


  • What is the purpose of outlining fonts?

When you outline fonts, you are essentially turning them into vector graphics. Vectors have the benefits of being easy to alter and scale up or down without losing their quality or becoming pixelated.


  • Why would I outline fonts? Why do I need to convert fonts into outlines?

Outlining fonts makes it possible to increase or decrease the size of the font without losing resolution. This step guarantees that every time you use these outlined fonts, you get very crisp and professional prints.



We hope this post was helpful in showing you how to outline fonts in Illustrator.

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