I'm trying to edit my designer's artwork by changing the "5" into a "4". I have the font installed already.

When I try to open the design file in AI and highlight the "5", to my surprise it isn't a text object. It looks like it's something called a compound path. How would I update it's type so I can type "4" in it?

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You can't.

Once text has been converted to outlines, there is no feature or ability to convert it from outlines back to live, editable, text.

(Other than choosing Undo immediately after you've converted the text to outlines. However, if the file has been closed and then reopened, there's nothing which with invert the outline function.)


The only thing you can do is to use the font you have installed are re-type the "4" in the same color and position.

Or, with a bit more in-depth AI knowledge you could actually draw the "4" by hand, it would only take a few minutes if its really that important.

  • That's exactly what I ended up doing. Thanks!
    – bigpotato
    Jul 24 '19 at 20:39
  • I am having the same problem although i'm completely new to illustrator. I just need to change the text of the designer. How exactly do you do that?
    – Pherdindy
    Dec 11 '19 at 12:05

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