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Author Topic: Shadow mats for square or straight fonts  (Read 4532 times)

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Offline Aussie Carolyn

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Shadow mats for square or straight fonts
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I presume most of us either use dynamic offset or outset to create shadow mats for text. This is an alternative method that can be used for very square or straight fonts if you want to ensure the corners stay square.

In the examples I separated the shadow mat to show how easy they are to create. However, when I do this for myself I do not move the duplicate aside, I just send it to the bottom. I can then see how it will look when finished. Either way will work and it personal choice.

I also give a few more examples at the end for achieving different looks by changing the stroke style. The round style is the same result you will achieve if you use dynamic offset. If I want a round looking shadow mat I find it is faster to use dynamic offset. The tutorial and examples are just to give you ideas and a starting point. Adapt and change it to suit your project.

This method of creating shadow mats is not limited to text. Open Inkscape and experiment with the possibilities.

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I used mitre for the join in stroke style to achieve a very square look for the corners.

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Below are examples showing how the shadow mat can look different depending on the stroke style used.

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Re: Shadow mats for square or straight fonts
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 03:51:12 AM »
Thank you Carolyn. Handy As usual.
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Re: Shadow mats for square or straight fonts
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 11:27:32 AM »
Thank you Carolyn.  I have never thought of doing it that way.
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Re: Shadow mats for square or straight fonts
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 08:56:23 PM »
This tip has been so helpful, I've been using it for all kinds of projects since you posted it.

Brillant as usual.

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