How to get an outline effect on text in SVG?


Svg Problem Overview

I just want a simple SVG image that has some arbitrary text on an angle, which I can do. Thing is, I also want the text to have a sort of "outline" effect. Like rather than a solid D, the inside and outside edges of the letter D are drawn with a line of a specified thickness and the rest of the D isn't drawn at all, so as to look almost "hollow".

Can SVG do this?

Svg Solutions

Solution 1 - Svg

paint-order: stroke; worked wonders for me in this D3 chart I'm working on.

My final css:

.name-text {
    font-size:  18px;
    paint-order: stroke;
    stroke: #000000;
    stroke-width: 1px;
    stroke-linecap: butt;
    stroke-linejoin: miter;
    font-weight: 800;

My source (scroll down just a bit):

Solution 2 - Svg

Yes it can ;-)

I tried to realize that with Inkscape and then edited the source of the svg-File. Just don't fill it and use a stroke with color and width to draw it. I got that:

<text x="100" y="100" id="text2383" xml:space="preserve" style="font-size:56px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;fill:none;fill-opacity:1;stroke:#000000;stroke-width:1px;stroke-linecap:butt;stroke-linejoin:miter;stroke-opacity:1;font-family:Bitstream Vera Sans">
<tspan x="100" y="100" id="tspan2385">D</tspan></text>

The interesting part is in the "style" attribute.


Solution 3 - Svg

You can use a <filter> for this, more specifically a combination with <feMorphology>:

<svg style="height:100px;width:100%;background-color:Green">

<filter id="whiteOutlineEffect" color-interpolation-filters="sRGB">
  <feMorphology in="SourceAlpha" result="MORPH" operator="dilate" radius="2" />
  <feColorMatrix in="MORPH" result="WHITENED" type="matrix" values="-1 0 0 0 1, 0 -1 0 0 1, 0 0 -1 0 1, 0 0 0 1 0"/>
    <feMergeNode in="WHITENED"/>
    <feMergeNode in="SourceGraphic"/>

  <text x="10" y="50" fill="black" font-size="60" filter="url(#whiteOutlineEffect)">


You might have to tune the x/y/width/height attributes of the filter in order to adapt the filter canvas size, see also <> or <>;.

I also created an interactive d3.js-powered demo to compare different solutions presented in this thread here with various settings to play around: <>

Solution 4 - Svg

Graphical objects in SVG can have a fill (black by default) and a stroke (none by default). If you want to have red outline on your text, then set fill="none" and stroke="red". You might want to also tweak the value of the stroke-width property.

Solution 5 - Svg

Another example for outlines and glows is given here:

<svg width="350" height="75" viewBox="0 0 350 75"><title>MultiStroke</title><rect x="0" y="0" width="350" height="75" style="fill: #09f"/><g style="overflow:hidden; text-anchor: middle; font-size:45; font-weight: bold; font-family: Impact"><text x="175" y="55" style="fill: white; stroke: #0f9; stroke-width: 14">
    Stroked Text
    </text><text x="175" y="55" style="fill: white; stroke: #99f; stroke-width: 8">
    Stroked Text
    </text><text x="175" y="55" style="fill: white; stroke: black; stroke-width: 2">
    Stroked Text


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