Creating a path from text

I am trying to create the same infinity symbol like in this video.

I know how to use the width tool, but I don’t know to create that path that the presenter of that video has already created in that document of Illustrator CS6.

How to create the path for the infinity symbol shown in the video?

EDIT: After following the steps in @Bart Arondson answer, this is my result. By the way, I am using Adobe Caslon Pro font.

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In your Illustrator document first type the infinity symbol with the Type tool.

Typing infinity symbol: easy way

  1. Type an 8.
  2. Rotate it 90 degrees.

Typing infinity symbol: elaborate way

  1. Go to Type -> Glyphs.
  2. Scroll through all the symbols to find the infinity symbols
  3. Double click it.

Creating path from text

  1. Type the infinity symbol using the above method. I used the second method and typed the infinity symbol from the Arial font. On a mac there is a keyboard shortcut for the symbol (Option+5), don’t know if Windows has an equivalent.
    I arbitrarily chose a font size of 350pt

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  1. Select the text and make an outline of it (Type ->Create Outline`)
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  2. Keeping the outlines selected make the fill transparent and give the stroke a colour.
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  3. In the Layers panel unfold the layer and the group and select the Compound Path by clicking on the circle next to it.
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  4. Go to Object -> Compound Path -> Release

  5. Delete the two inner circles.
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  6. Select the remaining outer path.

  7. Go to Object -> Path -> Offset Path and fill in the values shown below.
    Keep in mind that this is valid for the Arial infinity symbol at a size of 350pt. Another font and size might need other setting, you can play around with it.
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  8. In the Layers panel drag your newly created offset shape out of the group and delete the remaining path. Now you have the infinity symbol path.

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Note: If you use the simple method of typing the infinity symbol you will need to manually adjust the path after step 8 such that the middle point becomes one. This is very easily done.

Source : Link , Question Author : Victor , Answer Author : Saaru Lindestøkke

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