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How to "fill" outline of text

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by trakers, May 11, 2007.

  1. trakers

    trakers Very Active Member

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    I created some text and use the outline tool to surround it. What I want is to be able to have the back (black) piece of vinyl solid with no cutouts for the text or the space within the letters.

    I've spent 2 hours and I'm about to give up.

    See below for a visual description of what I get and what I want.

    Anyone?
     

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  2. Sign Works

    Sign Works Very Active Member

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    I'm not sure what program you're using so the terminology may not sound right but simply ungroup or release the compound on the outline then delete the unwanted paths or just select the desired cutpath and send to cutter.
     
  3. cinemasign.grafix

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    Try contour - solid backing
     
  4. trakers

    trakers Very Active Member

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    I'm using the Flexi8
     
  5. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Go to Outlines. Set your outline then choose Separate Outline. Pull your top red copy off of the black. Then just click on Uncompound and go through the black and eliminate the nodes. It doesn't take much time. Took me like 30 seconds to do through it for this:
     

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  6. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Put a contour on it, in 3 seconds your done. If it took me 2 hours to do I would have tossed everything out the window
     
  7. Sticker Dude

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    well hes a begineer i did the same thing a few years ago on the same question Geary is the one that i worked off from
     
  8. trakers

    trakers Very Active Member

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    Geary's technique gave me the results I was looking for. Thanks a bunch.


    "If it took me 2 hours to do I would have tossed everything out the window"

    I heard that. For the past 15 or so years I have used raster based design software exclusively. In that program I could have accomplished the same effect in seconds, which I can now do in Flexi thanks to Geary.

    It is extremely frustrating when you just *know* what you want to do is easy, but simply don’t know which clicks make it happen.

    A friend of mine was trying to crop a photo to a circle to print on a DVD recently. He had spent *hours* trying to get it done. He asked me one day and I did it in, literally, 10 seconds. He jokingly called me an SOB.

    Anyway, I appreciate the assistance. I always try to figure it out myself, read the manual, hit the net, but having an excellent board like this for backup is great.

    Thanks to everyone who replied!
     
  9. bob

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    Why would you do that when you could have selected 'Contour' instead of 'Outline' and Flexi would have done it for you in a single keystroke?
     
  10. TLT692

    TLT692 New Member

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    You could also just make the outline a little thicker and it would do the same thing as coutour.
     
  11. trakers

    trakers Very Active Member

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    As dumb as it sounds becuase I can't figure out how to get it to cut one color for the text and then cut the contour in a different color.

    I've only been using this program for a week so I'm grasping at straws here. ;-)
     
  12. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

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    If you go to advance tab on cut page and uncheck send all colors you should be able to cut each color separate. You are running Flexi right ?
     
  13. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Different problem. Cutting individual vs. multiple colors at one time is controlled by various settings in the Cut and Plot dialog, not with the design itself.
     
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