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brad nall
create holes in text w/illustrator
on Dec 18, 2007 at 5:58:59 pm

I know I am missing the obvious here!

I am trying to punch holes in the middle of each letter.

Using Arial Black/impact

I am want the letters to appear to have holes in the fat part of the txt.

I just can't wrap my head round this or explain it.



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Jason Milligan
Re: create holes in text w/illustrator
on Dec 18, 2007 at 9:49:00 pm

Create your bold text.
Create the light text and place it above the bold.
Lineup everything the way you want it.
Select both pieces of text.
In the pathfinder window, click the subtract button.



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brad nall
Re: create holes in text w/illustrator
on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:05:34 pm

Errrra... new I missed that one all the way around.

Thanks for the response, however...

I want to create circular holes running uniform inside the text.

Say an L with 4 vertical circles and 2 horizontal to match the shape of the letter.



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Jason Milligan
Re: create holes in text w/illustrator
on Dec 19, 2007 at 12:16:12 am

Okay, then create a number of circular fills and arrange them on top of the text where you want there to be holes. Shift click all of the circles to select them all and go to Object>Group.
Go to window>pathfinder. This opens the pathfinder palette. If you are unfamiliar with the Pathfinder, read about it in Illustrator Help. It is extremely useful. Select the grouped circles. Hold down shift and select the text also. Click the subtract button (the gray square overlapped by a white square) in the pathfinder.



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brad nall
Re: create holes in text w/illustrator
on Dec 19, 2007 at 4:39:35 am

Jason thanks for your time.

Thats how I was doing it and I was really hoping there was an easier solution.

I have to do this to several AI files going into AE.

My biggest problem has been getting the dots placement to look tight(consistent) on the curved letters (c-s-g-b-d-ect.)
Once I've created outlines from my text is there any way to center a path along the letters?



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