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Convert text into a shape or pixel layer

Converting text into a shape turns it into a vector layer, so you can edit it and customize it just like any other vector shape by adjusting points, direction handles, or combining it with other shapes. Converting it into a pixel layer lets you use the pixel-based tools, for example, the Eraser, to erase parts of it.


Convert text into a shape or pixel layer

  1. Select the text layer you’d like to convert.
  2. To convert the text into a shape layer, do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Convert into Shape (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Select the Type tool and click the Convert into Shape button at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.
    • In the Layers sidebar, Control ⌃–click the text layer and choose Convert into Shape.
  3. To convert the text into a pixel layer, do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Convert into Pixels (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Select the Type tool and click the Convert into Pixels button at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.
    • In the Layers sidebar, Control ⌃–click the text layer and choose Convert into Pixels.

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