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ok i've got a question thats been bugging me-

everytime i go to do text in a rouded arch around a circle, it distorts the text to be really wide and bulgey and weird - how do i get it to stay normal but get it around a circle?

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ok i've got a question thats been bugging me-

everytime i go to do text in a rouded arch around a circle, it distorts the text to be really wide and bulgey and weird - how do i get it to stay normal but get it around a circle?

Are you typing on a path or warping the text.

It sounds like you are warping your text. Try typing on a path instead. All you have to do is draw your path, click close to that path with your text tool, and you are done.

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Nobody here knows how to do this?

I've seen the work of some of you guys and it is really impressive. I thought this would be a pretty simple request with the talent level on this board.

If I am asking for some trade secret that must never be shared then I apologize... :)

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Check out the tutorials at The Web Machine.  Under illustrator, there is one for fake 3d effects.

Thanks alot quantumfreak! I took the tutorial and soon after was able to create this rendering of my intended subject:

e9f3ep.jpg compare with dolphinsnumbers.jpg

Not too bad for a first effort. Obviously I need to increase the angle of the 3d portion. I will keep practicing. This was a little different in the tutorial in the fact that it uses 3 colors instead of the tutorials 2 colors.

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Is there an easy way to do this?

eim9np.jpg

I want to fill in the background only in areas behind my drawing...

I guess it requires a masking technique but I am not sure how to do that..

For illustration purposes I drew in the black lines manually but on a large piece of artwork that would become very tiresome. ^_^

Any help would be great. Thanks.

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Is there an easy way to do this?

eim9np.jpg

I want to fill in the background only in areas behind my drawing...

I guess it requires a masking technique but I am not sure how to do that..

For illustration purposes I drew in the black lines manually but on a large piece of artwork that would become very tiresome.  ^_^

Any help would be great. Thanks.

I'd be thinking of tracing around just the outline of the top drawing to make one shape.

Then make a black box behind the drawing, then make the drawing a Clipping Path.

When you place this under the top drawing, only the background will show thorugh.

wysinwyg.jpg

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Is there an easy way to do this?

eim9np.jpg

I want to fill in the background only in areas behind my drawing...

I guess it requires a masking technique but I am not sure how to do that..

For illustration purposes I drew in the black lines manually but on a large piece of artwork that would become very tiresome.  ^_^

Any help would be great. Thanks.

I'd be thinking of tracing around just the outline of the top drawing to make one shape.

Then make a black box behind the drawing, then make the drawing a Clipping Path.

When you place this under the top drawing, only the background will show thorugh.

wysinwyg.jpg

You... You're good. :D

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When using images that are web ready how do I select only what I want from it? You know when you click "save as", and you get say for example a box with white surrounding the logo you want to use?

Thanks

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When using images that are web ready how do I select only what I want from it? You know when you click "save as", and you get say for example a box with white surrounding the logo you want to use?

Thanks

don't 'save as'. use the 'save for web' function and make sure you are saving a transparent .gif file....i think that's what you were asking.

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Sorry, I'll try to be a little clearer.

I enjoy doing some of the jersey concepts etc, but I am horrible at making new logos etc. What I am trying to do is this:

I went to a certain team website and saved a picture that I thought would look good on a jersey. When I saved it though, it keeps showing up with white surrounding the logo (it is a .jpg).

Is it possible to edit this logo in Illustrator to remove only the material I would like to work with, and not the white surrounding it?

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The only way to crop out the extra area around your picture would be to create a mask for it so only the part you want to see shows through.

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alright guys I'm extremely new to illustrator, heck, my computer is so old i could only download a trial of illustrator 10. this is probably the stupidest question ever but....i cant figure out how to add color. Is there like a dump paint feature? Every time i use paintbrush, after about 3 strokes it all disapears. Can you help me?

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