Now I open the pict in Adobe Streamline, a simple little program
that just converts grayscale images into eps outline format. I only
use two functions here. Under the options menu there's "Conversion
Setup" which gives you a window like this:
These are the settings I used for this font artwork. I like to
have more curves than straight lines so I changed that from the
factory defaults. Also I changed the details per inch ("Tolerance").
I don't know what the other stuff does.
I selected a portion of the artwork and converted it (File: Convert).
I didn't like the way the "R" was being broken up, so I hit undo
(command-z) and went in to adjust the threshold level. This is under
"Options: Color/Grayscale Setup". It gives you a window like this:
I moved the threshold slider from 50% to 39% so anything that's
39% black or darker in grayscale mode goes to black when outlined.
This way more of the image goes to black. Here's the before and
You can zoom in real close on your image, convert a part of it,
undo, adjust your settings, and convert again until you've got something
that looks cool. Many a font has come out of accidental settings
in Streamline. This is a good place to play around with your scan
to see what comes up.
Above is an example of two different typefaces that came from
the same grayscale file when I was first learning how Streamline
works. I was trying to make something that looked like the top font
(CrustiEr) and ended up with the bottom font (Moonshine) because
I didn't have the details per inch high enough.
When you are happy with your conversion, save it as an Illustrator
file and quit Streamline. Open it up in Illustrator.
Continue > > >
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