How do I cut out a stroke around text?enter image description here


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Right click the type and select "Create Outlines"...

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Select the paths you want to delete (the path segment, not the anchor points) with the Direct Selection tool... Hit delete...

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  • Thanks for your directions, but it still doesn't work. When I click on the path it selects the whole R. I am using the direct selection tool. What am I doing wrong?
    – jayjay
    Apr 7, 2017 at 18:07
  • The direct selection tool shouldn't select the whole path. You sure you're using that and not the normal selection tool? (You need the white arrow, not the black arrow)
    – Cai
    Apr 7, 2017 at 18:19
  • Hi Cai, yes I am. I don't know why it doesn't work for me. Also, I am on Illustrator CC...does that make a difference?
    – jayjay
    Apr 7, 2017 at 19:17
  • @jayjay just before you select the segment to be removed, click on an surely empty place or press Shift+Ctrl+A to deselect all. Otherwise your shape gets deleted.
    – user82991
    Apr 7, 2017 at 22:52

Simply go to Object -> Expand and it will do the trick for you.

P.S. If your text was not outlined first do right click -> Create Outlines

Just remember that you won't be able to edit text afterwards.

  • 2
    This only explains how to convert to outlines, but does not answer the question, which was about removing the 2 lines at the base of the 'R'.
    – Lucian
    Apr 8, 2017 at 13:43

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