All Files Breaking Text Into Letters or Vector Shapes Text contained in a text field is treated as a single drawing object. You can easily separate the text so each character becomes an individual drawing object that you can select and modify independently. How to break a text object In the Tools toolbar, click the Select tool or press Alt + S. In the Drawing view, select the text object you want to break. From the top menu, select Drawing > Convert > Break ApartText Layers. Each character is surrounded by a bounding box that you can modify; they remain text objects that you can edit. If you want to convert your independent letter to a complete vector object that you can deform, use the Select tool to select the letters to convert. From the top menu, select Selected > Convert > Break Apart Text Layers to break the selection into a regular drawing object, with no more text attributes.