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Convert Outline Text to editable Text with Retype (Beta) in Illustrator

Adobe Employee ,
Oct 10, 2023 Oct 10, 2023

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We're excited to announce that Retype (Beta) is now available in the latest release of Adobe Illustrator.

 

 note-icon.png  Note: Retype (Beta) is only available for Illustrator version 28.0 or later.
Update the app now.

 

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Tutorial

Struggling with outlined text or finding similar fonts? Fear not! Retype comes to the rescue. Curious about how it works? Check out our YouTube tutorial for a firsthand look at it in action.

 

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Try it in the App
Follow along with a sample file to learn how to use Retype (beta) in Illustrator!

 

Revolutionize Your Design Workflow with Retype (Beta):

Convert Static Text to Live, Editable Text

 

Download Retype Module

To fully utilize Retype (Beta), the initial action is to install the Retype module.

 

After the download is complete, you'll receive a confirmation message indicating the successful installation.

 

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Multiple Launch Options

There are several ways to launch Retype, making it accessible and convenient. You can access it from the Properties panel under the Quick Actions section, navigate through the Window menu, or access it via the Type menu.

 

 

Preview Fonts

 

Type in your own text to see how it looks with the provided font suggestions. You'll get ten matching fonts ordered by their similarity to the font in your image.

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Manage Font Suggestions

 

  • By default, Retype provides font suggestions from both Adobe Fonts and your system fonts. You can customize your font filters by enabling or disabling suggestions from Adobe Fonts or your device.

 

  • If the provided font suggestions don't meet your expectations, click 'Find more font matches' to discover five additional options.

 

Activate & Star Favorite Fonts

  • Similar to the font panel, when you select an Adobe Font that isn't already activated, Retype will activate it for you. This font will then become accessible across Creative Cloud apps for your future projects.
  • Select the star icon to save a font family to your Favorites, making it easily accessible in the Font panel for future use.

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Preview, Revert & Reset

 

Want to compare font or go back, or want to start over?

  • By pressing and holding the "Eye" button, you can conveniently view your source image and compare it with the current font applied via Retype.
  • The "Revert" button undos all the changes and defaults to the source image.
  • The "Reset" button will clear the selected image or outlined font and let you start afresh.

 

Learn More & Provide Feedback

  • Explore more about Retype with the "Learn More About Retype" button in the Retype panel.
  • Also, share your experiences and feedback through the dedicated "Provide Feedback" button.
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For more details about this new feature, please click here.

 

Join the Adobe Illustrator community and dive into the exciting world of Retype! Explore the powerful feature of converting static text to live, editable text with ease. Share your projects, insights, and techniques with fellow designers today!

 

Unleash your creative potential with Adobe Illustrator's Retype feature!

 

Best,

Anshul Saini

 

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How do we prevent someone from using this? 

 

This feature makes it too easy for clients or vendors to convert uneditable work into editable work. It's a nice tool for your own work, but it is potentially bad for business. 

Will we have to save pdfs with document protections? What if the vendor/client needs to open the outlined document in Illustrator still?

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There's no way to protect a PDF.

There's no way to protect your text from being un-outlined.

 

You might want to ask for that feature: https://illustrator.uservoice.com 

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How do we prevent someone from using this? 

 

This feature makes it too easy for clients or vendors to convert uneditable work into editable work. It's a nice tool for your own work, but it is potentially bad for business. 

Will we have to save pdfs with document protections? What if the vendor/client needs to open the outlined document in Illustrator still?


By @GrantNewton

If the protection of your work relies on outlining the fonts, I fear that you were in trouble before.

Take your work in Acrobat. Let running the OCR on it. Bingo, you have the text. Easy as hello.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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It's built into MacOS. Once you open a photo, it does OCR on anything in it that it considers text.

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