Today's post covers changing type to outlines. I was excited to show samples from various software programs. Shown below are headline size bold type converted to outlines, and further manipulated using features in the software.
First up is Photoshop (the one I opened first). In CS 6, I created a new document. With the type tool I keyed some text.
|Museo 900 font (purchase via myfonts.com)|
Next the type was converted to shapes.
|Type>Convert to Shape|
|Changed the Fill color and added a color stroke|
|Added a drop shadow effect to the type|
Next up was Illustrator (the program I first used to create outlined type).
|converted black to color gradient|
Continuing in the Adobe family with InDesign. Created a new document, added some type. with type selected I converted it to outlines.
|Image placed into the outline shapes|
Last but not least is a version using Quark XPress.
|Type converted to outlines, image imported into outline shapes. Added background and drop shadow.|
(photo courtesy Pam S. and Tim L.)
|(photo courtesy Pam S. and Tim L.)|
Just because you can create type outlines doesn't mean you SHOULD, though. For long text documents, for example, it's best to Collect (Quark XPress) your legally acquired fonts with image files, Package (InDesign) with layout and image Links, or Save/Export the document as a PDF. See the following InDesignSecrets article here. See also this article and this video. For visually striking headlines, logos, and works of art, creating outlines is one of the designer's best friends.