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Jimmy L Taylor
12-08-2011, 8:49 PM
Any ideas on how to create, connect, and thicken cursive words in Corel X5 to cut out the entire word? Can I use different fonts or is there only one that works?

Dewey Schramm
12-08-2011, 9:48 PM
I believe there are a couple of approaches I have seen people use. One is to reduce the spacing between letters and merge the letters together (I believe Corel calls it welding?).

My approach isn't purely text, but it allows me to use ANY font and get a similar result. I use Illustrator instead of Corel, but I think the premise is the same.

What I do is to use whatever font I (or the client) prefers. I get the spacing right by working with the font characteristics like kerning, etc. Once I have what I roughly want, in Iillustrator I create a thin outline around the entire word(s) that I want to cut out. This outline is what joins the words, not necessarily overlapping the font letters. This allows me to include things like accents and punctuation.

In terms of the actual technique - in Illustrator the outline is created by using the "offset path" tool. I think the equivalent in Corel is called the contour tool. I wish I could offer you step by step instructions for the Corel tool, but again I use illustrator.

Good Luck and I hope this helps,

George M. Perzel
12-09-2011, 2:37 AM
Hi Jimmy;
Really fairly simple if you realize that script fonts are just like block fonts, each letter is an individual object.
Change your text to Artistic text-under Arrange break Artistic text-this converts a sentence into individual words-remove any you wish and move remaining words together
Pick a word-click break Artistic text again-this breaks the word into letters-remove any letter you want and realign remaining letters.
Pick a letter-remove fill by selecting letter and then left click on no color block on color palette
Select letter-under Arrange click on convert to curves
Now you can manipulate nodes comprising letter as you wish
Good luck
Best Regards,

Mike Null
12-09-2011, 11:00 AM
There may be an easier way. Type the text then with the shape tool select the text and highlight the little boxes on the letters you want to connect and move them. You can also select the boxes and use the arrow keys to move the letters.

There are a number of script fonts in Corel and almost all connect except for the first letter. You can convert that to curves and add a connecting line if needed.

andrew zen
12-10-2011, 3:00 PM
Yeah, you want to create a stencil design. Maybe ... Right?????

i create a rectangle in CorelDraw. This is your "Bridge" which connects your "holes" to their surrounding, like the hole in an "a". decide on top to bottom or left to right but stay consistent.

I put the Bridge (duplicate) over the areas in the "a" which keeps the cutout portion connected. I then use the "Weld" or the "Merge top to bottom" or whatever to get the outline of the letter to merge with the bridge to create an outline that contains the merger part - the internal "islands" of the letter.

You create an alphabet doing this and the you cut and paste letter from the alphabit after you "Convert to Curves" on the text with the bridges.

There are stencil fonts out there but they are usually not good for lasering because the "bridges" are too thin after the laser claims its width.

If you want to cut around a cursive font, then contour is your friend.

Craig Matheny
12-11-2011, 1:38 PM
Artwelder does a great job on any text you want to merge it takes maybe 10 seconds to push the buttons and get it done. So if you have a lot to do might be worth the cost.215428

Jimmy L Taylor
12-19-2011, 4:18 PM
Thanks, so much, for all of the responses! I got it to work and got the work out the door! Thanks!