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How to cut out/delete some parts from text, letter?

Jan 4, 2013 5:50 AM

Tags: #text #delete #cut #adobe_illustrator #letter

I want to delete some parts, pieces from that large black M letter. How can i do that? I have no ideas

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    Jan 4, 2013 6:04 AM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    outline it (type > create outlines), then you can add or delete bits of it to your heart's content.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 8:14 AM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    jaanis,

     

    It may depend on the shape of the parts you wish to get rid of, and whether you wish it to remain live Type. If you do, one way might be a Clipping Mask.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 12:22 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    jaanis,

     

    For a Clipping Mask you need a Clipping Path which acts as a window through which you see part(s) of the object(s).

     

    You have to select both the Clipping Path and the underlying objects to be clipped.

     

    To cut out a rectangle of the live M, you may:

     

    1) Create a rectangle that is larger than the M;

    2) Create the cutout rectangle;

    3) Select both rectangles 1) and 2) and Object>Compound Path>Make;

    4) Select the Compound Path 3) and the underlying M and Object>Clipping Mask>Make.

     

    With this, the part of the large rectangle outside the cutout rectangle will act as the window through which the M is seen.

     

     

    To cut out a rectangle from the outlined M, you may:

     

    0) Select the M and Type>Create Outlines, and possibly Object>Compoiund Path>Release;

    1) Select the rectangle and the M and Pathfinder>Subtract from shape area (or whichever one cuts the top object out of the bottom object, depending on the version, you may need to press Alt/Option to get a simple path).

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 12:43 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    jaanis9(LV) wrote:

     

    But is there more ways and what they are?

     

    There are several ways. You might want to take a look into the manual to get the idea of vector drawing and working with Illustrator. There are so many ways to do so many different things that it would take a very long time to write down all those possiblities.

     

    Take some time and learn.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 1:37 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    Photoshop and Illustrator work by different concepts of graphics.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 2:00 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    jaanis,

     

    In addition to what Monika said, speed is also a matter of getting used to the way things work, and to grow certain habits, which may suit some and be different from those of others.

     

    Sometimes, some of us set out to explain a way that seems fast and simple, only to be surprised by the actual number of steps when told to someone that never used them.

     

    Apart from everything else, it may be an important or unimportant decision whether to keep live Type, depending on the possible (future) uses.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 2:22 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    There are many ways but they can be sorted in two methods. One is by hiding and the other is by removing which is changing the path (outlines) of the object.

    The hiding gives the flexibility to edit and transform the object independently from the hiding elements. For example, with text, you can change the font and transform it (move, rotate, scale, etc) without affecting the hiding elements. The hiding method includes clipping, masking, and using blocking objects with the same color as the background.

    The removing method, requires the object to be an outline so, if it is type object it has to be converted to outlines. Then you can use tools like Eraser, Knife, Scissor, and other tools and features like Pathfinder, to change the outlines of the object.

     

    In your case, depending on what you want to achieve, it could be as easy as drawing a rectangle with the background color in front of the letter to hide a part.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 2:53 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    jaanis,

     

    If the white shape is what you get when dragging out, or clicking and using specific values, with the Rectangle Tool, you may try tolook in the Appearance palette/panel and see whether things are solved by pressing the Reduce to Basic Appearance.

     

    If that brings no help (or anyone else gives another solution that I am overlooking here about midnight), you may have corrupt preferences.

     

    If so, you may try the following standard things to try (you may have tried/done some of them already) and see whether it helps:

     

    1) Close down Illy and open again;

    2) Restart the computer;  3)

    Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup (irreversible);

    4) Move the folder with Illy closed (reversible);

    5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options (unlikely);

     

    Even more seriously, you may (wait until all other options/suggestions have been tried in vain):

     

    6) Uninstall, run the Cleaner Tool if you have CS3/CS4/CS5, and reinstall.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 3:13 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    jaanis,

     

    But i can't click on this option..

     

    This seems to imply that it is has its basic appearance, with no funny effects or something, distorting things.

     

    I hope some suggestion will work.

     

    A quarter past midnight here, about time to attend to other duties.

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 3:52 PM   in reply to jaanis9(LV)

    Move that big black M to the front and use it as a clipping mask.

     
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