Verbicon / Semantic Typography: Word as Image

1. Use your text tool and type a word. Think verbs, nouns, and adjectives.

2. Enlarge while holding shift. You can right click and browse fonts.

3. Right click your word and select: Create outlines. You are now able to edit individual letters with your Direct Selection (white arrow) tool. Experiment further with Effect>Warp, or Effect> Blur.

You can also search for images of stencils/silhouettes online to combine with your text. After you File>Place your image into your document, go to Object > Image Trace > Make and Expand.  You are able to group the pieces and edit.

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