In Illustrator, I am trying to make my text bolder by adding a stroke to it. The stroke is the same color as the text, but when saving as SVG, the stroke is considered separate from it, adding unnecessary code. Is it possible somehow to make a letter with a stroke only one object? Thank you very much.

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    what program do you work with?
    – Ilan
    Mar 15, 2014 at 10:59
  • What you need to do is to create outlines of your text, but as @Ilan says, we need to know what software you are using to tell you how to do it.
    – benteh
    Mar 15, 2014 at 11:12
  • Oh yes, I am sorry, I use Adobe Illustrator.
    – SW Don
    Mar 15, 2014 at 14:05

2 Answers 2


I would do a slightly different thing from Scott.. I would not put an outline on the text, and go:

type -> create outlines


object -> path -> offset path

That gives you a few options, and you can choose how much thicker you want the text:

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This should give you an xml-file that is manageable: enter image description here

  • Select the text
  • Choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu (Note: text will no longer be editable live type after this. Work on a copy if you need to have text editable for later use.)
  • Choose Object > Expand Appearance from the menu (if available)
  • Choose Object > Expand from the menu (if available)
  • Click the Merge or Unite buttons on the Pathfinder Panel (Not the effect menu)

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