I am trying to create a logo in png format with the size of 512x512. The shape is round, so i need the edges of the background to be transparent.


The letter has some weird space underneath that exceeds the container and that is preventing me from getting an even square shape around the circle.

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What steps need to be taken to remove that blank space around the text or how can i constrain the text not to exceed the circle?

Keep in mind that I am not a designer so may not understand some of the vocabulary related to typography or Illustrator.

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Select the text and press Cmd + Shift + O Mac or Ctrl + Shift + O Win to convert the text to outline.


^ I also recommend using the 'create outlines' shortcut as Danielillo mentioned above, but wanted to add that you can find the tool in the menu bar under Type>Create Outlines.

It is probably important to note that in 'creating outlines,' the letter 'U' will be reformatted into a vector object (outlined paths), so you will no longer be able to alter/edit it in the character settings panel.


No need to outline the U. Create a square artboard or a slice in the size you need, center your design in that and then Save for Web that artboard or slice. You can switch on transparency in the PNG export dialogue.

  • Technically yes, but I'd argue with that: you should always outline fonts in logos, because these will eventually get passed around between different providers, many times not including the font files. I have seen this so many times that i think unconverted logos just show a complete lack of experience and wasting the client`s time. A client generally does not know what happens when his uncorverted logo is sent to print without the font files.
    – Lucian
    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:32
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    This might not be a logo and the question was not about packaging assets to pass them on, but how to export a square PNG with transparency.
    – AAGD
    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:38
  • Question does include the word "logo", hence my comment.
    – Lucian
    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:41

For a non-destructive solution, you could use a Clipping Mask.

Duplicate the circle, place it on top of the text, select both the duplicated circle and the text and use Object → Clipping Mask → Make.

Screenshot of Illustrator

A non-destructive workflow will allow you to edit the text later if needed.

  • Thanks, in many cases i think this would be a great solution.
    – JGallardo
    Oct 25, 2019 at 23:17

Create outlines as the others suggested, but also keep a copy of the U or the entire artwork before converting to outlines. It may be useful for the future to keep an editable version.

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