Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am using the Illustrator CC to create a simple piece that is mostly text.

I outlined the text and now I want to edit the text. Specifically, I want to change the font but Illustrator will not let me do that.

I'm guessing that once you "create outlines" that you cannot go back and change the text later. Is that correct?

share|improve this question

Once you outline text, it is art, not type. You can not reverse the outline processes other than selecting Edit > Undo from the menu (if the file has not been closed and undo is still a possibility).

share|improve this answer
Although undo history is optionally saved after closing the program in newer versions of Illustrator. – Keavon Aug 3 '14 at 5:47

The best (if not the only proper) way to meet your need is to retype text and then use the Appearance panel:

1) Add New Fill – pick the desired color or the one your your text already has (or more advanced things like gradients and patterns, if needed).

2) Add New Stroke – choose color, set weight and then:

3) send this "Stroke" line behind your Fill in the Appearance panel (drag the visibility-eye icon).
This provides that a heavy stroke wouldn't "eat" text characters, because the only possible alingment of a stroke for editable text is "center".

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.