Converting Text to a Path

Converting Text to a Path

Text is an object; by converting it to a path (any line containing at least two points), each letter becomes a separate path object. One reason to choose the Convert Text To Paths option is if you are sharing files with someone who may not have the same fonts on their machine. This ensures that the correct font is embedded within the file as a vector shape of the font. Keep in mind that this applies only for sharing files, not on the Internet. For use on a Web page, the font you use in a graphic is exported as an image, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s a path or not.

  • Create a new document 100 X 100 with your choice of background color. I am using yellow for my background.
  • Type a letter; make it large enough that you see it well enough to distort it. Select a font. I chose Snap ITC size 70.

B Text

  • Select the text by clicking on it with the selection tool Selection Tool, and choose Text/Convert to Paths.

Text Convert to Path

  • The letters are converted into a path and are automatically grouped together.
  • Choose the Subselection tool (white arrow) Subselection Tool and click your text to select it. You can see a bunch of little nodes.

Subselect Text

  • With the subselection tool you can click and drag these nodes to alter your text.
  • You can actually create interesting looking font by dragging the little nodes to distort the letters. Look at the letter B below. By using the subselection tool, I drug out the the nodes in several directions to give it a more classic look.

B on Path

Fireworks 8 Tutorials