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Turning fonts to Chiseled

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by PMG, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    I see on http://artandsignstudio.com/tutorialchisel.html they say you can make the chiseled type out of a regular type font,ive done what the say to do,but when it come to the end where it tells you to4.. Then select the top copy and change the font to the Chisel version.

    <CENTER>[​IMG]</CENTER><CENTER>I cant find anyplace in my program to do this?</CENTER>
     
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  2. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

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    That is because you do not own a copy of that font. Chiseled fonts come in pairs. The standard type and then the chiseled version you place ontop of the standard version. You must own chiseled fonts to do such.

    If I am not mistaken I believe SignLab comes with a filter to create chiseled fonts.
     
  3. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    Ok i understand now! Thanks
     
  4. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

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    If you're printing them, it's very easy to accomplish with the AlienSkin plug-ins (used in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop, Corel PhotoPaint, PaintShop Pro, and others).
     
  5. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    I have about 10 different Mr.Chisel fonts,with 2 versions of each? One looks solid and the other chiseled,can i change any font with these?
     
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    Barry at www.printingdigital.net has tutorial that shows how to do it in Flexi with the Alien skin plug-in (which I do not have), it looks fairly easy and fast.
     
  7. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    No.

    Chisled fonts are usually created by overlaying the two, and sometime more, iterations on top of each other. One is generally the base and the other is the highlight. Depending on what colors you might choose. Sometime the highlight lays on top of the base, sometimes the highlight is cut out of the base. Regardless, you'd be hard pressed to use one of the iterations in conjunction with some typeface not the one used to create the chiseled pair, trio, or whatever.
     
  8. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    Ok ,ill haft to make it my self,,thanks everyone!!
     
  9. Bobby H

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    The inner bevel plug ins for Photoshop (including those made by Adobe and all the other third party filters including Alien Skin) don't really create a truly accurate chisel effect. The effect goes a bit haywire at corners and areas where two strokes join. You can't get the chisel to corner properly. The only way to get an accurate result is to create it manually.
     
  10. Steve C.

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    Bobby, Thanks for that post, I was going to say the same thing about the Alien Sklin. Some nice effects can be achived but the chiseled lines just don't come together right, and I've heard the Signlab filter has problems with creating true chisels also. If your font does not have a chisel version to it then the best way is to create your own. I seem to remember seeing a tutorial out there somewhere, maybe it was at Letterhead Fonts.
     
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  12. Steve C.

    Steve C. Very Active Member

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    Leigh, That should be very helpful to those who wish to create Chisel/Prismatic effects. Thanks. The tutorial that Pro-Motion mentioned in the initial post is for fonts that already have the chisel created as a separate font.

    Steve C.
     
  13. Bobby H

    Bobby H Very Active Member

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    The Letterhead Fonts site tutorial is pretty decent. The method I use is quite a bit more anal retentive, but the results are usually mathematically perfect.

    The difference is in how the path down the center of the stroke is established. I break sections of the letter apart into separate line segments and then make a 1 step blend to create the center segment. In Corel you often must use the reverse path direction button to get the center line to fall correctly. Another critical feature is the font must be properly digitized. The blends won't work very well using fonts peppered with lots of extra control points.
     
  14. Steve C.

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    My method is different from both. I start with making a small inline contour, reduce nodes and manipulate the points to create the chisel font. Once I get the basic shape I go back and make templetes to measure the center of the strokes. your two color fill is a good idea though, I may try it.
     

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