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How do I create an outline around text please

Aug 7, 2012 12:52 PM

hi all, How do I create an outline around text please

 

 

thanks,

 
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    Aug 7, 2012 12:55 PM   in reply to simpson246

    Add a stroke? This is a very general question without any real information for us to go on. What OS; what version of AI; Live text; outlined? Do you know about the Appearance panel?

     
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    Aug 7, 2012 1:09 PM   in reply to simpson246

    You can see here that you can simply apply a stroke to live text by double clicking the stroke icon in the bottom left of the toolbar and selecting a color. I chose red.

     

    Screen Shot 2012-08-07 at 1.04.29 PM.jpg

     

    If you select the text, then go to Type > Create Outlines, you get more options in the stroke palette, like whether the stroke is aligned to the outside or inside of the text object's boundary. The text below is outlined with the stroke aligned to the outside.

     

    Screen Shot 2012-08-07 at 1.05.38 PM.jpg

     
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    Aug 7, 2012 1:08 PM   in reply to simpson246

    Someting like this?

     

    Screen shot 2012-08-07 at 1.06.27 PM.png

    Set the text; in the Appearance panel, add a new stroke(bottom left button). Highlight the new stroke in the appearance panel and use Effect>Path>Offset path

     
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    Aug 7, 2012 1:46 PM   in reply to simpson246

    Writing the text is what Larry meant. You've got that step down.

     
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    Aug 7, 2012 1:47 PM   in reply to simpson246

    By "set the text" I mean write out the text as you have done. Then, with the text selected, follow the directions as above. Add a new stroke using the Add A New Stroke button (lower left of the Appearance panel) or the Add A New Stroke from the panel flyout. Then highlight the Stroke line in the Appearance panel and from the menu Effect choose Path>Offset Path. In the dialog that comes up, use an appropriate value (I used 0.05 inches in my example). You may need to increase the Tracking of the text in the Character panel to allow room for the stroke.

     
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    Aug 7, 2012 2:43 PM   in reply to simpson246

    In the Appearance panel highlight the Offset Path as shown above and from the Object menu select Expand Appearance.

     
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