Webfont-based Text to Vector Shapes

‘Convert to Vector Shape’ -command has been available for a while now in Hype4beta.
‘Convert to Vector Shape’ is currently greyed out if trying to apply it to some ‘live text’.

Quite often there is a need of converting headlines or display text to vector shapes or transparent png.
Those headlines are made with some (usually on customer’s request) novelty webfont-based type you never needed before.

Right now converting comprises a lengthy, several-steps-process (downloading and installing webfont on your desktop, recreating the headlines in a third-party graphic software, destructive converting to svg or png…

It would be a really streamlined one-click procedure if ‘Convert to Vector Shape’ -command
would work on webfont-based text.
Real time-saver for text-heavy ad designs!


This was requested a long time ago by many users including me. Also, this is not so easy to accomplish, if anything it could be quite a challenge when it comes conversion from font to svg/vector data. Theres also that EULA notion when it comes editing a font though on the contrary illustrator does just that is breaking font apart.

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Thanks @petester for sharing your insights on that topic, good to know that it had been a popular feature request, in the absence of this shortcut in Hype the old-school way comes in handy: using a third-party editor for rasterizing fonts.

Thanks for the request! There are a lot of complications in implementing, but this is part of the ultimate vision for where I want vector shapes to go.

A friend once asked me if Hype could make it rain and have the drops go around text/letters. It can’t do that now, but that is an ambition we have been working towards. The basic remaining bits are: more complex vector shape representation in Hype that can represent fonts, physics handling these more complex shapes, text conversion to vector shapes, and a particle generator that can emit physics elements. So there’s a lot to do :slight_smile:.


Great, that sounds so Hype PRO-mising!
Would love to ditch that switching to third-party vector editors
for basic tasks of converting text to: Outlines / SVG or transparent PNG.

Third party tools are not enough if you want morph some text into another text in Hype.
You can do this in Hype only on vector shapes and I couldn’t find out way to import text in vector from Affinity Designer for example. So if there is no way to convert letter to shape beside manual tracing it is not possible

Thanks for the feedback - being able to convert text to vector shapes and then perform a morph is a definite goal.

@petester @jonathan This app out there has already accomplished that. Hype’s next?


We have nothing beyond the above comments to announce about the feature at this time.

Hi. Another seeking a way to morph text. Any closer with the feature?

No change from the above comment :slight_smile:. If you want to morph text using Hype’s current capabilities you would need to create the character shapes manually.

Is it of equal difficult to allow a copy/paste from InDesign or Illustrator of vectored text?

It's not possible to get SVGs out of InDesign from text which you have selected 'Type > Create Outlines' SVG Export – Adobe InDesign

But you can get type out of Illustrator as SVGs after you do this. Pasting into Hype gives a pure SVG which is added to the resources library.