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how do you expand Text on the iPad version

New Here ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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Anyone know how to expand text on the iPad version of Illustrator? For some reason whe I try object>epand it does not turn it into a shape. Thanks everyone!

 

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Explorer , Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

I think you have to choose Outline Text from the text tool on the right-hand toolbar first.

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New Here , Jan 31, 2023 Jan 31, 2023

I was finally able to do it using the combine shapes tool, it shows a preview of what's going to happen with the shapes and it's really helpful.

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Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

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I think you have to choose Outline Text from the text tool on the right-hand toolbar first.

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New Here ,
Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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Thank you!

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Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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I can never get the Expand menu option to show as active when 

i select an object.  The expand menu option is always inactive

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Explorer ,
Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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I'm pretty sure it needs to be an object that it makes sense to expand.  For instance, take any object and do a Radial Repeat operation on it (it's that last icon on the righthand toolbar).  Now Expand should be active.  Expand will convert it to an object that can no longer be altered by the Radial Repeat option.

 

To be honest, I'm just a new user like yourself.  I learned these things by doing the tour that is under the little question mark on the top menu.  You might want to do the same.

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Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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You should be able to expand any object that is a closed path or a path that has a stroke width without using the radial tool.

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I was finally able to do it using the combine shapes tool, it shows a preview of what's going to happen with the shapes and it's really helpful.

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