I am stuck! I am very much a newbie with Illustrator although from what I have used I love it.
I am currently in the process of designing a sticker which is to be cut from Vinyl and I am wanting to know what I must do to Numerical/ Alpha characters to register their outlines as cuts.
I figure I could go round and trace all my characters and create paths that way, although this seems very time consuming and a primitive method which I highly doubt is necessary in such a program as Illustrator to execute what should be a pretty straight forward job.
I though that turning off the fill on the characters and registering a stroke would register as a cut, although my plotter operator says not!
SO my question is how do you create paths (which will reguster as cuts) from numbers/ letters WITHOUT induvidually tracing each character?
Select the type with the Selection Tool (black arrow) or Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) and choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu.
Type, Create Outlines. Now you have converted live type to vectors.
There's no need to change the fill of the characters. Turn off the preview (Cmd-Y) and you'll see what you've got.
If perchance some of the characters overlap it's not a bad idea to do a Pathfinder Unite on them. That way you get rid of unnecessary paths.
Nice one boys, BIG BIG help