I am new to designing. I have photoshop and illustrator with me. I need to create an svg where I can be able to select the text inside it. As shown in this example where the text is selectable.

Currently, If I save a text svg in illustrator, the text is converting in to image. (I am unable to select the text)

  • What have you tried? Could you explain what your export / svg settings are? Thanks!
    – Vincent
    Aug 13, 2015 at 8:56
  • @Vincent I just ran with default settings (as I don't have much knowledge on this softwares). I just need to be able to select the text inside the generated svg.
    – Mr_Green
    Aug 13, 2015 at 8:58
  • That is already valuable information, thanks.
    – Vincent
    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:22
  • There is a problem with your question. The example is not very conductive as it shows a clipping mask and that different form what you ask. (but clipping mask with selectable text is also possible)
    – joojaa
    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:40

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In Illustrator you can Save as .svg. In the SVG option panel, for type, you have to choose "SVG". The other option, "Convert to outline", will convert you text into a vector shape.

You can drag you .svg file into the browser and check if it is selectable.

Then, in a text editor, you can edit the text from your SVG file, or style it with CSS.

Illustrator SVG options

SVG file in browser

SVG file in a text editor (Sublime Text)

  • But that will not preserve the text inside the svg. It will make the text also as in image format.
    – Mr_Green
    Aug 13, 2015 at 8:38
  • That's Great:) Never tested that before @Dan Kraepelin
    – Pyere
    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:36
  • I've attached some pictures. Hope it helps. Aug 13, 2015 at 9:36
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