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Dennis Dean
Drawing a line around a shape...
on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:49:17 pm

I've done this using a particle emitter to trace the outline of a shape (my client's name - just four letters) - but what would I use if I wanted to trace a pencil or ink line - so that as the shape is being followed, we begin to see the outline of the letters? (These are block letters merged -kerned- just enough for the edges to touch and create a single shape). The end result is this will look like the particle emitter (above) is drawing the line...

thanks!






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Stephen Smith
Re: Drawing a line around a shape...
on Jun 24, 2009 at 2:55:05 pm

Are you saying the text should look like it was written by a pen or pencil?





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Dennis Dean
Re: Drawing a line around a shape...
on Jun 24, 2009 at 3:48:20 pm

Pen, pencil, computer drawn line, quill, just needs to be thin, as opposed to thicker. We're trying to simulate a process called wire EDM, where a thin, electrically charged wire cuts precision shapes in metal. Very precision stuff - for surgical instruments, etc. So - thru the magic of video - we're going to cut their logo out of metal.

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Andy Neil
Re: Drawing a line around a shape...
on Jun 27, 2009 at 7:57:52 am

Build the shape using the bezier tool (B). Then apply the Write On Behavior under: Behaviors/Shape.

Andy


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Andy Neil
Re: Drawing a line around a shape...
on Jun 27, 2009 at 7:58:26 am

I forgot to mention, make sure the shape is set to Outline instead of Fill in the Style section.

Andy


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