1. select the type (text) with the selection or direct select tool.
2. Then in the appearance panel you go to the flyout menu and select add new stroke
3. then you highlight the new stroke in the appearance panel
4. You go to Effects>Convert to Shape>Rectangle or if you wish Rounded Corner Rectangle or Ellipse.
That should do it.
This works with area type and type on a point type or type on a path. But both the area text and type on a path the text has to be expanded manually by adjusting the path or bounding box.
The point type the rectangle will expand as you type.
Good for making web buttons
Thank you Wade,
I am using an older version of Illustrator 10 I don't think I have
the same commands.
You have the same commands in Illustrator 10.
Effects are not the same category as Filters.
Go to th Menu bar and to the right of Filters you will see Effects under Effects there is Convert to Shape. It is there.
In the Windows Menu there is the Appearance palette it is there.
From the flyout menu of the Appearance panel there is the Add new Stroke and the Add new Fill they are there.
When you select the type you select it with the selection tool the back arrow not the text tool. You are selecting the Type on the object level not the text level.
When you add the stroke it will make the text heavier do worry about it, that is what will be converted to a rectangle when you add the effect.
Trust me on this it is all there just follow instruction and don't make any other steps ev3n if they seem odd to you.
The difference with CS 4 and AI 10 is that there are no filters in CS 4 but the Effects are common to both.
Sorry again. Maybe this is not what I want. i wnat my text to be perfectly aquared.
What I do above does not give me that. I have followed the steps over and over
and it creates a box and covers my text. Do I need to retype the text??
Restack the fill so the text is visible the fills and strokes and effects can be restacked.