Create the word with your custom artwork then convert the entire group into an art brush and assign the brush to your stroke.
I would suggest first saving the original artwork as a symbol, so it remains fully editable because converting it to an artbrush will change any brushes to simple paths.
You can use an Art brush as Ray suggests, or you can use the 1 step blend fake as described below, depending on how you want the shapes of the graffity parts: the former will distort the parts according to the path curvature, the latter will work in the same way as Path Type.
1 STEP BLEND FAKE:
1) Create the graffity as it would look on a straight line (like normal Type);
2) Object>Blend>Options>Specified steps, set the value to 1 and Align to Path;
3) Object>Blend>Make, create a copy just in case (now you have some strange inbetween shapes, but not for long);
4) Select the path and Object>Path; Add Anchor Points enough times (you will see whether you have enough in 5) or 6));
5) Select 3) and 4) and Object>Blend>Replace Spine;
6) Object>Blend>Expand and Ungroup, and delete the inbetween shapes, if if the result has irregular distances Undo back to 4) and add more Anchor Points;
Hey there....thank you both;
i tried creating a brush last week but without using the symbols tool and got this window pop up.
"the selected artwork contains an element that cannot be used in an art brush"
I just tried making it into a symbol first, but the pop up says the same thing as above..
I have yet to ; assign the brush to your stroke.....i have to see how that is done...so i need to do that...in the meantime, thanks so far
I also just tried STEP BLEND FAKE,,,,but at 3), i get; Object> but "make" is not highlighted...
I have CS6... btw and want to know both ways....
Have you selected all the parts of the graffity artwork before Object>Blend>Make?
A creative solution, Jacob. Depending on the complexity of the artwork, I wonder if it would be easier to simply place and rotate symbol instances of the artwork? It all depends on the complexity.
Converting artwork to brushes can be problematic sometimes. Brushes do not accept gradients or clipping masks. Your artwork might have to simplified to work as an art brush. Another solution is to distort your artwork with a distortion mesh.
If you want to share a screen capture we might be able to offer more helpful suggestions.
Now that is strange. It should work, so it may be necessary to know/see what you have done in more detail, as Ray also asks for.
Obviously, (the part of) the path to have the artwork follow has to have the right length.
This also applies to the length of the path to be used for replacing the spine of the blend: it should be the same length as the blend, of course.
In addition, for curved paths with different lengths of the Handles (all non circular ones), to avoid varying distances between the blend objects, you may need to Object>Add Anchor Points a few times.
I believe it is worth it, for the accuracy. And I think it will normally be easier, too.
I know how to manually position and rotate objects without problem.. and yes,, it was faster to do it manually than figure this out.. but it is a curiosity and something i want to achieve in any case because i want to put other items around the circle as well.
posting the art takes me a long time.. still new at this. But i wil try to. I could arc the lettering but i can't even get that action to work.
I know i can do this with a warp tool in photoshop.....but perhaps not. I began my logo in photoshop and then switched to illustrator so i can learn both.
I can try to upoad it into photoshop and use the warp tool which i think works different than the illustrator warp tool or transform. Am i right?
My thoughts are that because i used a brush tool, nothing will work right as Ray mentioned..
Question about marking your help.... DO i mark after each reply or when the thread is complete?
Mac or PC?
I began my logo in photoshop and then switched to illustrator so i can learn both.
Is it purely vector artwork, or (a mixture with) raster artwork?
If the latter, you will be in trouble with the best methods using Illy.
That would explain the greying out of Object>Blend>Make because you cannot make it.
Nor can you turn it into an Art Brush.
You can Effect>Warp>Arc or something similar, but the strengths of Illy really are within vector artwork.
In my opinion marking the help is not much help. If something is helpful mark it as such. It's not realistic for a new user to know if a given answer is "correct", especially when there are sometimes more than one "correct" answer.
As Ray said, there are normally multiple ways of doing things with the help of Illy.
Over the years we have had long threads with many different ways, such as the Circle Thread from 2004 (in the days of the fair forums).
This part is something i am not use to yet.... legnths of paths and handle legnths etc....have to run out,,,,, i will be back later......if you have a link to a good tutorial about object add .....that might help....And there is a gradient inside the letters....Will try upload a pic...but all the files are gone for some reason that were displayed on the illustrator screen ...?? the bottom bar with the start button and my open programs keeps dissapearing as well...hmm
A screenshot with (some of) the artwork selected, preferably along with the corresponding (part of the) expanded layer in the layers palette so we can see the terms/names of the objects, would be helpful.
If what is shown in your post #16 is an Illy screenshot, it seems to be raster artwork.
It is about half an hour past midnight here, so very soon I shall have to attend to other duties, before the sun is up.