Archive for May, 2010

Fill in the counters on live text

Here’s another post drawing on the strength of the Appearance Panel (previously explained here, here and here)  This one to help you automagically fill in or close the counters on live text.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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Embroidered Text Effect

For this to make sense, you might want to refer back to the previous posts on the Appearance Panel.

Once you’ve read over those 3 posts, download this file and have at it.  You might like to adjust the stroke some to make the “holes” a bit more realistic.

This is live editable text, made awesome, by the appearance panel.

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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Cleaning your font cache.

Another maintenance post. Another issue that can show itself in a few ways.

  • If you are unable to get Illustrator to boot and see that Illustrator is crashing as it shows “loading fonts”.
  • If your font list becomes filled with font names that look like they are combinations of other font names.
  • Other weirdness with the behavior of your fonts.

The font caches are temp files that both your computer and Illustrator cooks up to keep track of what fonts are active and where they are located. There is no danger in deleting them, they will be recreated the next time you restart Illustrator in the case of the application level caches or by the finder in the case of the system level caches. Office also creates its own, which behave the same way, but, well, for Office.

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23 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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Delete Preferences File

It will eventually happen.  Something will go wrong and Illustrator will no longer start up, or a tool will act weird and not let you change it’s settings or a modifier key will stop working…  There are a number of ways that this issue can manifest itself.  Luckily it’s easy to fix.

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31 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Hector Chimpletion - May 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

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