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Mikhail Kovalev's picture
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I was playing with Illustrator and after some time I stumbled over a series of offsets which gave me this effect (see attachment)
What do you think, shall I go after it? Very easy to make, btw

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That, as a display face has a ton of potential. Custom type, etc... I wonder if you could do that in illustrator to all the letters, and because most likely it won't work with all of them, you could draw thim out by hand to match.

Were you thinking lowercase? Giveitashot, but it seems more comfy as uppercase.

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Actually I'm using another typeface (Textile) just for letter shapes, to which I gradually add weight, I think I could get away with that, the result is nothing like the original anyway.
I was thinking of making a typeface which kind of looked like clouds, right now it reminds me of something food related.

Btw, here's another trick which I did with Helvetica
Type some number of uppercase letters with uppercase letter I beetween each letter, such as
K I V I E I L I D I U I L I F I R (Kveldulfr)
Create outlines > Blend: Options > Steps: 1 > Blend: Make > Blend: Expand, then delete the original outlines
Kind of fun, hehe

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Joined: 23 May 2005 - 1:03pm
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This is great....mind telling how???

:)

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This example didn't turned out well, but this is what I would usually do, see the attached file in my first post (Untitled-2.gif).
I'm using Adobe Illustrator 9.0.2, and all the functions I refer to are all built-in

1. Here I start with letters "KMB", I'm using Textile as I mentioned, 144 pt.
2. I cut the letters with the knife tool in "joining" and "bending" points on the glyphs, it is rather important to cut in the right places, I always fail on this and go back as it is difficult to see what those places are.
3. Roughen, size 5, detail 15/in.
4. Round corners 20 pt
5. Offset round 15 pt, note the tiny "crusts", those are actually produced by the Offset function, I wonder if newer versions of Illustrator will have the same effect.
6. Outline (from Pathfinder)
7. Clear all the lines which shouldnt be there, you may need to cut some of them

Tada

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Joined: 23 May 2005 - 1:03pm
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Wow. Worked perfect. What a cool idea!