oHi everyone, long time no see, I hope you all had a great little holiday vaca…Last week I showed you a tutorial on how you can use the text on a path feature now. A few of your requested I show you how to use the slice tool as shown in that tutorial. SO, today I am going to be doing a tutorial similar to the December 20th post.
Start out with the size you want your circle to be. I am going to be working with a 4.25″ circle. This will be important later on.
Once I have that ready to go, I choose my font and type out the text I want. From here I will drag the arrow toggle on top of the circle, where it will drop right onto the path. If you do not see and arrow toggle, make sure to download the latest version of the software 1.3.0. I have two separate texts that I am using so I will need to type both out separately. Of course both need to be dropped onto the path using the arrow toggle.
Now that I have them in position, I want to get rid of my “gray” path circle. To do this I simply select both texts and right click to select make compound path.
A compound path is a shape created by a grouping of shapes that allow holes to appear where paths overlap.
You can see here that I have moved the gray circle from the text and my text holds the shape of the circle. You can now delete the circle path.
This is where you will want to remember what size your circle was. Create another circle, in my case a 4.25″ circle. Then create a an internal offset of the circle and apply. Once you have both circles created, select them both together and right click to select “make compound path”. This will allow you to slice the circles together. I added stars as well to embellish the circle.
Grab your slice tool, You will want to zoom in to see the spots you want to slice a little closer. If you try to slice while unable to see each point clearly you could end up slicing some of you font which will not produce a desired effect.
Once you have each point sliced, remove and delete the pieces you don’t want welded to your shape and then weld all the pieces together. You may ask why I did not just weld the text to the circles. I did not want each letter to be welded with a line through it, so I only connected the circle to the text where I felt a line would be appropriate. I do hope this tutorial has been helpful and a little more user friendly while you are learning to use the Silhouette. Have a great day and check in tomorrow for the free shape of the week.