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Is there a way to convert a text object directly into an Ngon?

Very often when using text it's necessary to convert it to a mesh for further manipulation. However, the resulting mesh is full of triangles and generally a mess. It would be ideal to simply have a resulting Ngon since it is a flat plane anyway.

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No. But there is a there is another way to achieve it.

  1. Select the mesh and hit Spacebar to invoke the function search menu.

  2. Search for limited dissolve and initiate it. You can change the parameters by hitting F6.

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Also note:

  • After you do a limited dissolve there may still be some manual cleaning up to do.
  • Limited dissolve is also in the Delete menu accessible with X and Delete
  • Limited dissolve is the same as the Planar setting in the Decimate modifier, so this can be done non-destructively
  • Blender does not support N-gons with holes in them. you will have to have a split along it somewhere.
  • If the n-gon is not co-planar you may see artifacts.
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    $\begingroup$ Limited dissolve is also in the Delete menu accessible with X and the Delete key. Also maybe add a note that Limited dissolve is the same as the Planar setting in the Decimate modifier, so this can be done non-destructively. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Oct 7 '13 at 18:59

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