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    Posted: 30/Nov/2010 at 11:37pm
Hi All,
I'm wanting to learn to make an outline of printed "stitches" like the ones that are going around the outside of the design below.  It one of the designs that are printed to resemble tackle twill (sewn on) or applique`lettering.  Sorry for the cell phone photo.

I assume I need to set up the lettering, create outlines, offset the path... how do I do the repeat pattern and get it to go all the way around the outline?

I figure this is going to be one of those things that is actually easier than I think it will be once I learn how to do it.

I appreciate any help you can give me.

Thanks!
Kenny

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One way is to type a few "v"s and set them reamm Cole together. You then create a pattern brush out of it.

Next you copy the layer you want to stitch and turn that into the pattern brush you created. Then move it on top of the original image.

I hope this makes sense, and let me know if you have any questions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lafndog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/Dec/2010 at 4:09pm
Coy,
I got the brush created.  How do I get the pattern to "flow" around the path?  I tried to apply it, but the brush remained stiff/straight and did not follow the curves.  I thought if nothing else, I could type a "V" around the whole path (as I would with regular text), but once I united the text to create the outline/path, it wouldn't let me type on it.  Any ideas?
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Hint: Round the corners.  Need more info, PM/E-mail me... I've found a ton of ways to do this.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lafndog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/Dec/2010 at 1:12pm
JB,
I tried sending you a PM, but it bounced back.  I would appreciate your help.  I'm open to whatever you think is the easiest way to get this done.  I'm not sure what you mean when you say "round the corners".  You can reach me at lafndog@gmail.com.
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Kenny
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Post Options Post Options   Quote phuck.stic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/Dec/2010 at 10:01pm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lafndog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/Dec/2010 at 10:05pm
That is what I was talking about!  I'm hoping to take info from this tutorial and translate it for screen printing.  The pic I provided looks like that print is a 3 color... orange, then white, then gray.

JB, Is this what you had in mind?  If there's another, ie easier, way, please pass it on to me.  Thank you guys so much for taking the time to help me!

Kenny aka lafndog


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Post Options Post Options   Quote lafndog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/Dec/2010 at 7:11pm
I'm having a lot of trouble trying to duplicate the tutorial.  I never work in points (increments), so I'm having trouble getting the 2nd stroke to offset properly... then it's not dashed.  Harder than it should be.

JB- Still hoping you can send me method(s) to do this trick easier.  Tried to PM you, but it said your box was full.  Any ideas?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thedesignplaybook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/May/2011 at 10:21pm
Not sure if you're still trying to get this effect but I wrote the tutorial you're trying so here's my reply. The effect in the tutorial is a bit overloaded so I have attached a picture similar to the image you attached to your original post which I knocked out in 5 minutes. It only requires 1 fill and 2 strokes. As for the Offset Effect, it doesn't matter if you use points or inches (I actually use inches) since all measurements are relative. After doing many of these, each one is a little different from the last so it takes a bit of trail-and-error to get exactly what you want. Anyway, if you need more info just let me know. Good luck.

P.S. I run a screen printing company and have used this effect many times over, so it translates quite well to a garment.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote joshrodgers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/May/2011 at 1:28pm
Yeah, I remember this tutorial (the link was posted by Jason in a previous reply to this topic) - it's an awesome effect and it is super-easy to do!! Thanks for sharing!

BTW - I think you have a really nice website! Good tutorials - nice, clean design :)

Josh


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Post Options Post Options   Quote trevisw513 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/Jul/2011 at 2:40pm
SO very awesome!!!!!  Thanks for sharing, loving learning new things w/ illustrator!!!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote reeian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/Sep/2011 at 6:41am

I think people with screen printing knowledge can help you better. It is a very easy task, if you know the tricks. The problem is it is not commonly used by individuals. Also you need to do the repeat pattern also.  Only people with some business requirement for direct mail will be handling these kind of stitches.  I am forwarding it to one of my friends he is good in these kind of works. Wait for one or two days, if you have time.



Edited by reeian - 02/Oct/2011 at 4:51am
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