Vector blur?

mårten's picture

Dear typophiles:
I'm experimenting with a blurred version of one of my typefaces. I have all glyphs as outlines, please see example:

This is what I'm trying to achieve:

I used Photoshop to blur the first image (Filter>Blur>Gaussian) and then Threshold (Image>Adjustment) to get the black/white image.

My question:
Is there a way of doing this while maintaining a vector format? (inside Illustrator for example?)


afonseca1974's picture

You have the Object-->Path-->Simplify on illustrator.
Probably don't get that perfection, but you can try it.


alan's picture

In Illustrator, you could do:

- Add blur
- Rasterize
- Live Trace > Make
- Live Trace > Expand
- Simplify paths

I got some pretty nasty paths that way, but it keeps you in Illustrator.

mårten's picture

Thanks for your replies!
António: I guess it would almost work, but not give quite the "blur" effect I'm looking for.
Alan: This works, but I was hoping there was a way to avoid the "rasterize" part.

Any other ways to go about it? Thanks!

sergepaulus's picture

btw, you can use the Scripts palette in Illustrator to automatize this process once it's ok for you.

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