How can I transform a special character to a path?

Community Beginner ,
Jan 02, 2021 Jan 02, 2021

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I trying to create a vector star shape from a special character that I grabbed from this star symbol list.

 

I tried with symbols like ★ and ⍟ - I copy/pasted them as text in Illustrator, but when I do that Illustrator shows them as a square with an X in the middle, as if it does not recognize the character. I think these are UTF8 characters.

 

My plan was to transform the text star character to a path.

 

What am I doing wrong?

 

thanks,

John

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 03, 2021 Jan 03, 2021
That is obviously formatted in Heiti SC, which is an east Asian font   In Preferences > Type you need to check "Show Font Names in English". Then you can assign the font to the text and get the character. It looks like when copying and pasting from a website, the formatting is not carried over to Illustrator.  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 02, 2021 Jan 02, 2021

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Here's how to make outlines: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/formatting-type.html#convert_type_to_outlines

 

If it doesn't create paths, then maybe the font is pixelbased.

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Maybe I wasn't too clear

 

You try copy pasting this character ★ in Illustrator and see what happens. I write "TEXT★" and I get:

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PSDDude,

 

What happens if you File>Place the character(s) with Link ticked, then Object>Flatten Transparency with Convert all Text to Outline ticked?

 

 

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Maybe I wasn't too clear

 

You try copy pasting this character ★ in Illustrator and see what happens. I write "TEXT★" and I get:

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That is obviously formatted in Heiti SC, which is an east Asian font

 

In Preferences > Type you need to check "Show Font Names in English". Then you can assign the font to the text and get the character.

It looks like when copying and pasting from a website, the formatting is not carried over to Illustrator.

 

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