As a newbie to Illustrator, I'm struggling to find a way to reduce the "boldness" of the shape converted from text (see image). Is there a way to reduce the line thickness of this shape?

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  • Offset? Nudge? Drag? Though why one just wouldnt redraw that particular shape is beyond me.
    – joojaa
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 3:37
  • The method could be applicable to any text-converted shape, the square bracket is used just as an example. Commented May 11, 2023 at 3:56
  • there is no one generic method. I general you have to redraw the shapes.
    – joojaa
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 3:57

2 Answers 2


If the text has been converted to paths, it might be possible to use an Offset Path effect, although it might not work so well on all glyphs of a font.

Open up the appearance panel, hit the fx button > Path > Offset path, and choose a small negative value. If you go too far, it won't look good.

An example

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There's also the quicker way where you just apply a white stroke and play with the thickness of that stroke, but this doesn't really affect the shape, it just adds a white overlay all over the edges.

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