According to Cambridge Dictionary, "type out" and "type up" are the same

type something out/up phrasal verb with type verb [ I or T ]

to make a typed copy of a piece of text that is written by hand: Could you type up the minutes from the meeting, please?

But from other sources, it seems "type up" means to create a final version of something that has been partially written and "type out" means you just type whatever words on a paper or from a source (maybe word for word).

Is "I typed out the text" the same as "typed up the text"?

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To "type up" means to create a document by typing.

To "type out", like you say, means to type a bunch of words.

The object of "type up" is the document created, and the object of "type out" is the words.

So while both "I typed up the text" and "I typed out the text" are natural sentences, the meaning of "the text" in each is different.

Merriam-Webster has these two definitions:

text noun
1 a (1) : the original words and form of a written or printed work
b : a work containing such text

In the first sentence, "the text" has meaning 1 b, while in the second "the text" has meaning 1 a (1).

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    I see a similarity with 'write up' and 'write out'. Commented Jun 26, 2023 at 8:43
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    "Up" has meanings of transforming into a better or more developed state, while "out" refers to producing the output of a mechanical process.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 26, 2023 at 10:17

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