I'm a programer not a designer, but I have to create a logo for some web site work I volunteered for.
How do I convert a solid font into a vector graphic with a solid outline and a transparent or colored, etc., interior? I want the background to be able to show through or to have the ability to apply an effect like a metalic surface. Since it is going on a web site as part of a logo I want to be able to easily change its size and colors without effecting the overall shape.
I have Web Premium CS5 to work with.
Thanks in advance,
This is actually one for the Illustrator forum,
but you may:
1) Create the live Type, with one or more letters,
2) Click the Fill box at the bottom of the Toolbox,
3a) If you want the same solid colour/transparency for all letters, you may just click the desired colour in the Color panel,
3b) If you want transparency, you may just set the Opacity in the Transparency panel,
3c) If you want a common gradient for all letters, click the Gradient box at the bottom of the Toolbox and set the gradient,
3d) If you want individual gradients for individual letters, followe the instructions in this recent thread
To set the outline, add a stroke:
4) In the Appearance palette/panel flyout click Add New Stroke, set the Stroke Weight in the Stroke panel and the colour in the Color panel (you need to have the Stroke highlighted in the Apearance panel, so you have to click it if you return to it after doing other things).