To convert the outline of a text area, text-path or pattern to a path, first select the text area, text-path or pattern and select the menu item Transform->Convert Outline To Path. The text will then be converted to a group of paths where each path approximates the shape of the corresponding character. Converting a text area or text-path to a path allows you to:
- include the image in LaTeX document when you don't have the
equivalent LaTeX font;
- make a \parshape or \shapepar
from the text's outline.
Note that you will have to ungroup the paths before you can edit them. If you had a gradient paint text colour, the gradient will be applied to each path. You can however, merge the paths, which will apply a single gradient resembling the original text area (see Figure 8.49).