my name written in hebrew...

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my name written in hebrew...
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hey guys... am kinda new here and am kinda looking for help and wise opinion... am planning on getting my name written in hebrew tattooed... i kinda searched and this is my design so far... tell me what you guys think... am really open to suggestions... thnx in advance!

heres what i got:

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Joined: 7 May 2007 - 12:08pm
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This design is like Vilna-Poster. It was first popilarized by LetraSet, as peel-down lettering, and later made into a font by FontWorld (www.FontWorld.com) and others.

As a font for tatoo on skin, the thin strokes might not appear clear, or rub away partially over time.

I created this as the thinner strokes are more distinguished, and somewhat more thicker.

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Joined: 26 Feb 2011 - 11:29pm
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thanks gohebrew! i appreciate it! thanks for pointing the thin strokes out, and i have to agree with you! i read somewhere that hebrew in the bible was read top to bottom and right to left, is that true? can i rearrange your design to spell downand the most important question i think is... did i spell jonathan correctly? hehehe! thaks for taking time mate!

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oh another question, how about the spacing if i write it downwards? particularly the yod... should it given the same distance like a whole letter? or can i place it closer? thanks again

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English, like Hebrew, is read top to bottom.
But first, we read English from left to right,
and read Hebrew from right to left.

So, the order for English is first
left to right, and then
top to bottom, or the next line under it, and then
to the very left of the line to the extreme right, and so on.

So, the order for Hebrew is first
right to left, and then
top to bottom, or the next line under it, and then
to the very right of the line to the extreme left, and so on.

I believe Japanese is as you describe,
first top to bottom, to the very bottom of the line, and then
right to left, to the next line on the top, and then
top to bottom, to the very bottom of the line, and then
right to left, to the next line on the top, and so on.

The order of the letters of your name is spelled correctly.
But Hebrew names are usually spelled from right to left.

For design or 'coolness', a name can be spelled in a curve.

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oh i see... i appreciate you taking time mate... what do you mean by "spelled in a curve"?

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Some software can position the letters around the top part of a curve or semi-circle. Then, you make a PDF file or a .JPG file, and a tatoo is made from that.

Here is an example, using Adobe InDesign.

The text can wrap around an invisible object, or around a visible object, like a soccer ball, or violin, on the left, or the right etc.