Im trying to edit text in illustrator, I've created the outlines and. I'm using the direct select tool but whenever I try to move just a path or anchor point it moves the entire letter. Is there something I'm doing wrong to a way I can fix this problem?

  • Are you using the white arrow with no + sign?
    – curious
    Jul 18, 2019 at 2:01
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    You may simply be missing the actual anchor point or path. Illustrator can be terribly frustrating with it's target inaccuracies.
    – Scott
    Jul 18, 2019 at 7:11

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With the white arrow selected, drag over the anchor point you want to move, it'll be selected and you can then move that anchor point without changing the entire path.


Listing the steps you should be doing, in case you are missing something:

  • create the text
  • with that selected, convert to outlines via Ctrl+Shift+O and your text is now converted to shapes
  • hit A for direct selection tool
  • hit Ctrl+Y to go into outline mode, this is optional, but will help you select lines instead of shapes. you can go out of outline mode by hitting Ctrl+Y again
  • use the mouse to click on any letter edge and you can select that line, you will also see some blue dots along the line, you can also click those separately to move points independently, or combine with holding Shift to select more than one point

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