Re: CAD to Artwork

John Hagen <sprinthag@...>

After much screwing around with "easier" methods I generally find it's
easier and faster to draw all new letters in Illustrator using the originals
as a pattern. It seems whenever I use any sort of converted raster images
there are so many anchor points that I have to individually remove most of
them and then adjust all the rest. I find it's quicker to set up guides for
print letters and then outline the letter by setting points at each corner.
After a few years of practice I've gotten rather proficient at it. And if I
get enough letters of the alphabet I convert it into a font so I can just
type it out for any other similar projects.

For script I draw a line of whatever is a suitable thickness. I then add
points along the way which I use to twist the line into shape. I then
convert the line to an outline and go from there. Really works great.

Al I need is a halfway decent prototype photo. Perspective is unimportant as
that can be compensated for provided it isn't too oblique.

John Hagen

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david zuhn
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 7:14 PM
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: CAD to Artwork

Ditto. Also, Adobe had a product called Streamline that would do raster to
vector conversions of scanned drawings, it might now be included in the
latest releases of AI. Adobe Illustrator's native drawing format is a
vector format making use of NURBS curves, which takes some getting used
but works really well for the flowing curves in lettering.
This is indeed included in current Illustrator. But it takes a lot of work
to get a good vector drawing from scanned lettering, especially at the size
of the typical model RR decal. It's certainly a good start, but don't
expect 'click, done' to get from a bitmap to a suitable vector drawing.

david d zuhn Saint Paul Bridge & Terminal Ry.
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