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I'm not here to debate if which program is better, I have only one, since Inkscape no longer works on OS X without some tweaking. I am using Photoshop.

I have a vector image I have been working on, it's simple, but it's mine. Before I start to add more time to this project, I need to ask, is there a way to make letters and numbers into "shapes" using Photoshop? Just like how you can do using Photoshop with the other drawing tools?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Right click on the text layer, use Convert to Shape

Convert text to shape

You will then be able to modify the text as if it were a vector shape

Text as a vector shape

You should duplicate and hide your text layer before doing this, as it is a destructive action (can't convert the shape back into text!)

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