I'm a relative novice in Illustrator. As a matter of fact, I'm using InDesign to make a logo, and than export in to EPS. This must be quite insulting to you guys!
But here's the thing. I try to make a stamp-like perforation on this attached logo, but I'm running into some problems:
- the perforation holes must be transparent
- as you can see, the gap between the holes in the corner are a bit awkward...
- when I watch the logo in Illustrator, sometimes a thin hairline is seen at the borders of the frame.
- how can I turn the font into outlines in Illustrator (in InDesgin it's easy).
I hope someone can help me. There must be some trick to help me out.
P.S. Is it possible to add the "original"Illustrator file to a discussion like this?
Dear pixxxel schubster,
Thanks for your reply! I'm afraid you go a bit too fast for... I'm less than a novice I'm afraid. But maybe it will help when I show you the file, you can follow the link below.
This logo is based on another logo without the holes so they both have to measure exactly 60 x 35 mm, the perforation holes are 2,5 mm in diameter:
- but they have to be transparent. So when placed upon a coloured background i.e. a photograph, the holes must fill with the background colour
- the holes have to be half holes, because when you tear a stamp on its perforation, you end up with only half the perforation on the edge of your stamp.
I'm already regretting this whole stamp idea, but perhaps for you this is just a piece of cake.
I sincerely hope you can help me further.
Normally in stamps, there is a distance between the semicircular cutouts, and the corners are without cutouts, as pixxxel schubser shows in the screenshots.
Apart from that, in many cases (such as this one) there are mutliple ways of doing things with the help of Illy.
I did not use the line-function but made separate rounded object
Glad you got it sorted out.
Like I said, there are many ways to produce a dotted line.
Probably the easiest way is to start off with a dashed line using round caps and a dash length of 0, adjusting the gap as required.
But in this case you would have to expand the stroke anyway, thereby producing ‘separate rounded objects’.
Whichever way you create the perforation hole circles (Dashed Line, Pattern Brush, actual circles, whatever), you can also just select eveything and in the Transparnecy palette flyout tick Make Opacity Mask, with both Clip and Invert Mask unticked (presuming you use black, Invert Mask for white).
In that way, you can still edit the constituent parts.
By the way, I have realized that postage stamps come with different corners, without or with different amounts of parts bitten off.