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How to customize a font using Pencil Tool in AD?


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What she did initially, was to convert the text to paths, in Affinity its called convert to curves from here you can edit each letter using the node tool and moving the nodes of each letter.

When you convert text to curves it creates a group with the individual letter shapes contained within that group, you can see this on the layers panel.

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To convert text to curves, simply right click on the text and select Convert to curves 

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Thanks,

I understand that part. I was able to convert to Curves, but I still can't create actual font curves using Pencil Tool, like she did using Ai. Am I missing something?

Thank you,

Cheers!

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1 hour ago, zea said:

Thanks,

I understand that part. I was able to convert to Curves, but I still can't create actual font curves using Pencil Tool, like she did using Ai. Am I missing something?

Thank you,

Cheers!

I think, that will not work exactly the same way as in Illustrator. But you can create separate curve objects and then subtract or add them to the single characters, using boolean operations ("Geometry"), and you will get similar results. You can do that with the pencil tool too, if you want, and it will only take one additional step each time: the boolean operation to add or subtract the objects to each other.

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After converting the font characters to curves, you can create the wiggly effect (part 3) and the curving (sic!) effect (part 4) with the Node Tool. The fifth effect combining the 'L' and the 'A' can be done with the Pen Tool and the Pressure tab in the Stroke panel. Nothing really fancy about her designs.

PS: The rounded edges can be created with the Corner Tool.

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8 hours ago, zea said:

I understand that part. I was able to convert to Curves, but I still can't create actual font curves using Pencil Tool, like she did using Ai. Am I missing something?

In Designer the Pencil Tool is the wrong tool to use. Use the Node Tool, the little white arrow.

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5 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

In Designer the Pencil Tool is the wrong tool to use. Use the Node Tool, the little white arrow.

You could use the Pencil Tool in ‘Sculpt’ mode, but in general using the Node Tool is the better option.

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