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How can I select just ONE letter in outlined text?

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Mar 04, 2023 Mar 04, 2023

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I have outlined some text, and want to make adjustments by selecting single individual letters, one by one.

Even though I have ungrouped the word/selection - it won't let me select just ONE letter at a time.

How can I do this? Surely there is a simple way to do this.

Any help much appreciated, thank you.

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Mar 04, 2023 Mar 04, 2023

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Did you try the white arrow Direct Selection tool?

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Mar 04, 2023 Mar 04, 2023

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Use the Direct Selection tool and drag around to outline the anchor points in the letter you wish to select.

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Mar 04, 2023 Mar 04, 2023

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The most simple way would be, never outline text and use character styles. Outlining should only be done in rare exceptions.

 

If you have done the crime, select the Direct Selection Tool, hold alt/option key and click on the path you want to move.

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Mar 04, 2023 Mar 04, 2023

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It will be as singular object as it's automatically a compound path

 

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This happens

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For letters with counters you'll need to fix

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So now - all letters will be separate objects. 

 

But the direct select tool works too 😄 

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Mar 04, 2023 Mar 04, 2023

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As mentioned, Direct Selection is the way to go, but as Steve mentions, one has to drag a selection around the one letter, but that still does not isolate it for application of a new fill or stroke to just that one letter... it will still apply the new fill/stroke to entire compounded word. Instead, the individual letter(s) needs to be actually cut and then pasted back into position. This retains the proper behaviour for the counters that would be otherwise be broken by using Pathfinder Release Compound route, but the drawback is the cut/pasted letters are no longer grouped with the rest of the word, but that can be redone afterwards.

You can drag select around multiple letters and cut and paste and those will stay compounded together.

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Mar 05, 2023 Mar 05, 2023

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Yes - there's ways to cut the outlined out of the grouped compound path - as per my earlier post. But it is having some drawbacks and fixups.

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