How to Do Checkered Border on Text

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Doing a checkered border on text can be a great way to give your text its own unique visual style. Do checkered borders on text with help from a computer professional in this free video clip.

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Hey, what's up? My name's Chase, and today I'm gonna show you how to create outlines on your text in Illustrator. First I'm gonna start by creating a new document. Just a regular default is fine, and I'm gonna zoom in just so I can show you the text pretty close up. I'm gonna create a text box. I'm going to type in, just anything, it doesn't really matter. I'm gonna make that a little bit larger for you so you can see the outline. And the first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna go to type, create outlines, and that's gonna make our type layer an actual object instead of editable type. So now we can't add any extra type to it or change the word, it's just an object now, and it has an inside and an outside, meaning that it has a fill, which right now is black, and it has no border. We're gonna change that to where it has a black border and a white fill. Just by clicking down here we're gonna click the reset button. Now over in the stroke menu, we're going to add a dashed line, and down here right below that it says dash, and it has two points. You can change the points to make the dash line larger, smaller. If we change it to one point, it's going to make the dash line even smaller. If we change it to four points, by clicking on the object, four points, it's gonna be much larger. So that's pretty much it. Just a few simple steps. That's how you create an outline dotted line on your text in illustrator. My name's Chase, thanks for watching.

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