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Is there an easy way to bold a font

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by technowolf, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. technowolf

    technowolf Member

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    Hi guys,

    I would like to transform a plain font and make it bold only for one word.....is there a simple way to do that in illustrator.

    thanks for any info.

    Alex
     
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  2. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    if the font in use does not have bold/add a stroke to it!!!!
     
  3. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    On some very thin script fonts I have converted to path, added a contour,
    and then delete the original. Careful, don't over do it.
     
  4. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

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    You will probably have to play with the kerning also.
     
  5. high impact

    high impact Very Active Member

    correct - add stroke or outline then delete text. Sign boy is right you usually will have to kern somewhat...
     
  6. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    I've had the negative space in some letters start to close up, but if I need it bad enough, I've went as far as node editing the letter to widen the entire loop that creates that negative space. You can cheat, & just enlarge the inner contour sometimes... but that usually will look wrong.
     
  7. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Adding a stroke or an outline to a letter is doing it in Bubba Bold. Especially if it's imbedded in a line of normal text. To do it properly you have to do as iSign suggested. Convert it to paths and edit the interior nodes. You can stretch it a smidgen on X but you have to leave the height constant or not only will it be bolder, it will be bigger as well.
     
  8. technowolf

    technowolf Member

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    ok thanks for the advice guys
    as always:signs101: :U Rock:
     
  9. John L

    John L Very Active Member

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    Once I copied a short word, aligned the copies, and then just nudged one copy a couple clicks to the right. I welded the two together and manually kerned it, and it looked great. Won't work with certain fonts and certain letters very well. But worth a try, it worked for me.
     
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