Vector blur?

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M Nettelbladt's picture
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Vector blur?
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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?)

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/Mårten

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afonseca1974's picture
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You have the Object-->Path-->Simplify on illustrator.
Probably don't get that perfection, but you can try it.

António

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Joined: 7 Dec 2002 - 11:00am
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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.

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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!

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