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How can I get this effect on the font?

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by Justin, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Justin

    Justin Member

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    Heya,

    I'm wondering how I can get this effect on this font in Adobe Illustrator.

    I'm needing the effect on the side POLICE part. The font, and then the space, then outline.

    Is that two offset paths, or what?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    uh, yeah?
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Wel-l-l-l-ll... since you wanna be so evasive about your profile, it's really hard to tell what you do or don't know about software, or at least your efficiency in it, if you're asking such a basic question.

    Outlines are about the easiest thing to do, next to spelling a word correctly and outputting it.

    This is one of the more recognizable fonts in the industry and you didn't know that either from another thread.

    What's the scoop ??
     
  4. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    The simplest way is to first cut out the word POLICE but don't weed it yet. Then get a set of calipers. Set the spacing on your calipers to the distance you want your offset to be. Carefully trace around the perimeter of your original cut line. Once that is done, take a #11 exacto knife and hand cut the outer line. Repeat that procedure once again to get the thickness of the outline. After that, you weed just like you normally would.

    This is considered a special effect and therefore cost more to produce. Do not sell yourself short. It should sell for twice your normal lettering charge.
     
  5. oldgoatroper

    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    Fer sure. That's the way I do it.

    SM forgot to mention that when you are setting up your word on the screen to cut, you need to add space between the letters to allow for the outlines you will add with the calipers after cutting. This is very important...
     
  6. signage

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    Thanks now I have to get an other tool:banghead::frustrated::covereyes:
     
  7. john1

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    All it is is a multiple outline. Would take 5 minutes in any vector art program.
     
  8. BPI Color

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    Convert your text to outlines. Then convert the outlines to a compound path. Don't be shocked if it disappears. Illustrator often loses your fill and stroke info when you convert outlined text to a compound path. Next go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Be sure to check your preview button. Reenter the values and hit tab until you're satisfied with the result. Once you like what you see hit return. Then change the stroke and fill values on the outside path until you have what you want. This is pretty basic stuff.
     
  9. Justin

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    SignManiac - Nice joke. You do realize this is not General Chit-Chat, right? Your reply basically was useless unless you are serious, and in that case if that's what you actually do I would like a video of you doing this. Also, you do realize this is posted in the Adobe software help subcategory, right?

    oldgoatroper - Your reply basically was useless aswell.

    signage - same, useless reply.

    Pat White - same, useless reply.

    Do you few go around this site looking for people to troll, or be rude to? I'm being serious here you few + ColoradoSigns tend to just troll every single person on this site. Don't believe me? Just look back at the threads on here and see who has posted these same type of useless replies countless times.


    john1 - Well, thanks for telling me it's possible to do in any vector program. I posted this in the Adobe forum, and specified Illustrator for a reason, sir. Would you mind providing instructions on doing this in Illustrator?

    BPI Color, I can do basic outlines, but what I don't get is do I do two outline strokes? How? I can make a general outline on the font with stroke, but how do I get the white area between the outlines?
     
  10. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    create a text.

    go to type>Create Outlines.

    then select your type, Type>Path>Offsetpath

    select your your offset #. Click preview box to see how big it is.

    make that an outline, increase stroke to the desired size. then outline.
     
  11. GAC05

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    One way to do this is to use the appearance pallet to assign 2 strokes to your text.
    If you want to cut it instead of print you can flatten the object's appearance and then weld the 2 outer strokes together.
    This link is more than what you want to do but will give you a start on using the appearance pallet:
    http://layersmagazine.com/illustrator-appearance-palette.html

    wayne k
    guam usa
     
  12. john1

    john1 Guest

    Woah woah, sssssssir.
     

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  13. Justin

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    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. bob

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    Not every single person. But then sometimes a functional idiot, especially one that seems to be a Serious Specimen, such as yourself turns up and the temptation can be overwhelming.
     
  15. niksagkram

    niksagkram Active Member

    :popcorn::popcorn:
     
  16. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Justin if you do not what your are trying do is called and do not know how to do the basics I think you have gotten into the wrong business/job!
     
  17. SignManiac

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    Well in that case, read the book that came with your software. That's what I did long before there were any forums to make this business so easy for anyone to get into. Even the search feature of this site will turn up numerous threads about creating an outline stroke.
     
  18. signage

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    Thanks Signmaniac now that new tool I bought I really didn't need:banghead: and I thought you knew all:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
  19. strypguy

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    Many times you can find tutorials on youtube that will show you the steps.

    John
     
  20. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    its ok you can still use calipers for various other functions in this business :thumb:
     
  21. Vinylman

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    especially helpful if you're doing a lot of vinyl weeding, can be used to pick 2 letters
    at 1 time if you have both ends sharp.
     
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