newbie venturing into the world of AI - please help...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by spaghbol, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. spaghbol macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie so please be gentle. I'm having to *reluctantly* dive into the world of adobe illustrator and i'm at the deep end already, I was wondering if you could help me with something.

    I have been given an .ai file to work on (AI CS2). It consists of 5 rings, one outside the other getting bigger. I have no idea how it has been made but i believe it may have been using masks. I want to apply text on a path - the path being one of the rings - but it tells me I have to do this on a non-compound, non-masking path - what does that mean?! I have tried releasing the compound mask but this removes the white space between the rings - hence why I think it uses masks. I have typed text on the exact path i want in photoshop - exporting the one ring i need and making that a path in PS etc - but when i save for web as a PNG and import it back into flash 8, the quality is terrible. The writing follows the path so accurately that any bumps in the path mean the writing is bumpy. I thought maybe if i did this in AI this wouldnt happen as it is all vectors and smooth and nice and pretty. But at the moment I am losing patience....!

    Am i on the right track? What am i doing wrong (both with PS and AI)? Please just tell me whatever you think will help as I am 100% stuck. I am still really a beginner with PS and have only ever used AI under the guidance of a friend so i really am a newbie.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    draw your own circle, which you intend to place the text on, over the other circle(s).

    just have the stroke be a bright color so you can tweak it to match the underlying original.

    write the text on the path

    change stroke to clear
  3. spaghbol thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    so simple when you know how - thanks for your help

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