Splitting & separating text in Illustrator so that you can manipulate each letter individually.
After searching for ages to find an answer:
Separating Text in Illustrator – Method 1
If you want each character as a separate object, you need to create separate text objects for each character.
Type > Create Outlines will convert the text object to vector shapes, then each shape can be manipulated.
Object > Expand will convert text in an envelope to vector shapes, which can then be manipulated individually.
Separating Text in Illustrator – Method 2
You can also use Pathfinder & the Substract method
- Hold down the alt key whilst clicking on the text