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Everyone knows that before sending a buyer a file you should to convert text into the outlines for printing.

Photoshop has a button convert to shape - it's a similar as convert to outlines. But the problem is that I can't convert my text into outlines because I merged the text with a new transparent layer, so I can't convert text to outlines. What to do?

Thank you.

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The purpose of "creating outlines" (or "convert to shape" in Photoshop) is so that no live type is included in the file. That way the person receiving the file does not need the font. They also will not be able to edit the type in a live type fashion.

If you have merged your text layer with another layer, and therefore rasterized the text, there is no benefit or need to create outlines of the type. You have already removed the "live" type aspect from the text layer. It is then simply pixels like everything else.

  • Absolutely correct - and the OP should know that this text is now not scalable without loss of fidelity on the edges. Converting to outlines is best (I know you said this wasn't possible) as it would then be infinitely scalable. – Scott Brown Jun 18 '15 at 15:01
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If I unterstood it correctly you Rasterized your text layer, right?

If yes, then you have to select your text by pressing the box in front of your text layer CTRL+LM(Left mouse click) this will select the outline of your text


1. Select Marquee Tool

Select Marquee Tool


2. Right click on your text selection. Select Make Work Path

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3. Then select the Pen tool on your tools panel. After that select "Shape", its on your toolbar

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Here's a fast gif https://gfycat.com/EdiblePleasedEidolonhelvum

  • While this is all accurate and correct, there's no point to this based on the question. – Scott Jun 18 '15 at 12:59
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    Why so? He/She asked a question how to convert a rasterized text layer to a shape 'I can't convert my text into outlines because I merged the text with a new transparent layer, so I can't convert text to outlines. What to do?' – ekclone Jun 18 '15 at 13:42
  • "Everyone knows that before sending a buyer a file you should to convert text into the outlines " --- you don't outline raster type for this. – Scott Jun 18 '15 at 13:46
  • If they want to scale the text then yes they need to be converted to shape – ekclone Jun 18 '15 at 15:37

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