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  1. #1
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    Oct 2014

    Default Topographic Maps, Helvetica, and Minus Front

    Hi guys, I've been looking around for a while for an answer on this question, but always came up dry so I'm going to try my luck here...


    I'm trying to put an image that resembles topographical map features (made out of pencil tool, blend option, specified steps, expanded appearance, and ungrouped for individual paths) on top of heavy black helvetica lettering (tried as regular type, and then tried after I converted the letters to outlines) and then using the minus front function to create "cuts" into the text... but it always ended up looking like http://i59.tinypic.com/5oum4z.jpg can anyone shed some light on this ish? Much appreciated.

    Oh, and first time poster. soo.. hello!

  2. #2

    Default Re: Topographic Maps, Helvetica, and Minus Front

    Welcome to TG.

    After converting the type to Outlines, ungroup and Make Compound Path.

    Begin with your topographic paths, make sure they are ungrouped.
    Make Compound Path with those topographic lines.
    Select underlying text.
    Minus Front (no alt key press).

    I used 4pt lines for the size of type I used.

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  3. #3
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    Placitas, New Mexico, USA

    Default Re: Topographic Maps, Helvetica, and Minus Front

    By the way, I hate sites like the one you linked to that try to scare you into scanning your computer or that try to prevent you from leaving.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Dunoon, Scotland

    Default Re: Topographic Maps, Helvetica, and Minus Front

    Mike the reason why I mentioned the Alt key was because of output that he had after cutting and the only reason for that output was the contours were behind.
    Design is thinking made visual.




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