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making a monogram

joannagjoannag Posts: 7Member
edited January 2011 in Help for Make The Cut
Is there a way to make letters become a shape like this monogram? I've tried welding, joining onto a circle. It dosen't bend the letters the way these are. Can you do this with another program and then bring it into MTC? image

Thanks,
Joannag
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  • cleversomedaycleversomeday Posts: 1,129Member
    edited January 2011
    No, there's not a way to do this except tediously by hand. The font is here for sale
    http://www.fontbros.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=HAFO-CIMO
    but if you don't mind a little distortion there is a free oval one you can squish
    http://simplythebest.net/fonts/fonts/hm-black_oval.html
    Or, you can sorta fake it with msword
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  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    There is a pdf file (it appears to be vector) on using a purchased ARK font. You might be able to trace in some of the letters to get what you want. I was not able to import it.

    http://origin.myfonts.com/s/aw/original/65/0/33304.pdf
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  • Calgalcr8sCalgalcr8s Posts: 2,623Member
    Joannag,
    Here is a sample of what you could do with the font that Cleversomeday posted (HM-Black Oval Three font). Not exactly like the Circle Monogram font but you could play around and use other fonts to your liking. Let your creative juices flow.

    I just brought it some circles from basic shapes. Did a shadow and joined. Then brought in the text and warped the letters into a circle shape.

    Calgalimage
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    I was able to make this monogram using the pdf file/

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  • debzdebz Posts: 3,304Member
    try this font...
    HM-Black Oval Three is freeware. (It was formerly called Black Oval Monogram.) Use the instructions below and give it a try. If you like it, there are 7 more in the set to produce black and white, oval and diamond, 2- and 3-letter monograms! And, now available separately, Script Monograms (see the web site.)

    Harold's Monograms fonts allow you to create any monogram easily by just typing in any program.

    Here's what you do:

    1. Install the font and launch the program, of course.

    2. Type ? [question mark] to get the ring (optional).

    3. The left-hand letters are located at the lowercase positions (a-z). Type the left initial.

    4. The large center letters are located at the uppercase positions (A-Z). Type the center initial.

    5. The right-hand letters are somewhat trickier to locate. The letters are located as follows: (in numerical order mostly, not too hard to find)

    A 1 H 8 O % V = or +
    B 2 I 9 P ^ W [ or {
    C 3 J 0 Q & X ] or }
    D 4 K ! R * Y \ or |
    E 5 L @ S ( Z ; or :
    F 6 M # T )
    G 7 N $ U - or _

    After the right-hand initial is typed, the monogram is complete and the cursor will move to the right.

    For a one-letter monogram, use a three-letter monogram font. Type ? [question mark] for the ring; < [less] for the blank in the left position; [CAPITAL INITIAL]; > [greater] for the blank in the right position.

    For an A&B style insignia, type ` [grave accent] to produce the ampersand in the center.

    Also:

    In the 2-letter monogram fonts, skip step five above; the monogram is complete after the second letter is typed.

    Except for the final letters, the characters have a pre-set width of 0 to allow for proper alignment of the assembled monogram.
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  • JulesJules Posts: 839Member
    djhippychick, tfs, just tried this and it's brilliant!
    Julie in Dorset, UK - across the pond.
  • JulesJules Posts: 839Member
    Forgot to say I removed the three separate panels by breaking the image and selecting the three inner frames and then welding them into one, then rejoining everything, also looks good stretched to circle, thanks so much!!
    Julie in Dorset, UK - across the pond.
  • elliott37elliott37 Posts: 1,007Member
    You can do this in microsoft word, too, using word art & effects. Type the letters, then apply the shape effect... Then you can save it as a pdf & import... It comes into mtc like any other vector.
    In NC cutting with a Cameo & 18" BC Cougar
  • joannagjoannag Posts: 7Member
    elliott37,
    Can you give a little more detail on the way you do this in word? I tried and couldn't figure it out.
    thanks
  • MaxineMaxine Posts: 4,002Member
    djhippychick thanks, what is the web site? I love this monogram.
    Im happiest when Im working
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    I was able to make the monogram but it leaves a thin line between the numbers when I make it that way. Did anyone else have this trouble?
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  • cleversomedaycleversomeday Posts: 1,129Member
    Joann,
    My first post in this thread has a mini-tut on doing this in word. For instrux on how to get it out of Word in vector form and into MTC, see this post on my blog
    http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/using-msword-to-generate-circular-text-for-cutting/

    Nelda,
    see Jules' post above for how to fix this.
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    try this font...
    HM-Black Oval Three is freeware. (It was formerly called Black Oval Monogram.) Use the instructions below and give it a try. If you like it, there are 7 more in the set to produce black and white, oval and diamond, 2- and 3-letter monograms! And, now available separately, Script Monograms (see the web site.)
    Did I miss the link to the website? I found HM-Black Oval at the website Kay gave (http://simplythebest.net/fonts/fonts/hm-black_oval.html) but I do not see the Script Monograms there. TIA!!
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  • Calgalcr8sCalgalcr8s Posts: 2,623Member
    edited January 2011
    Nelda, when I tried this, I too found this issue with the thin lines separating each panel of letters. So this is what I did:

    Do a Break on the whole monogram
    While holding Shift Key, select each letter - Join and move to its own layer
    Select each panel - Weld
    Center the letters back to the oval and Join.

    You probably know how to do all this. I just thought I would share just in case someone new wants to fix the thin lines that separate each panel.

    Calgal
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  • debzdebz Posts: 3,304Member
    I don't remember the site, but I just googled free monogram font and it came up in the first couple choices. Glad it worked for you. I haven't tried it yet.

    deb
    Deb
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  • cleversomedaycleversomeday Posts: 1,129Member
    Here's the link to a collection of Harold's other monogram fonts
    http://www.fontbros.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=HAFO-HAMC
    but only the oval one is free.
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    Calgal - I did figure out how to do it, and you do not need to move them. Evidently they were joined when formed not welded - so it you break and then weld, you loose the line without needing to move them. Thanks for your help!
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  • CohensLollieCohensLollie Posts: 99Member
    djhippychick: I just tried your instructions and it worked great!! I am so excited about being able to cut monograms for my different projects. My first project is an umbrella. I'll try to post a picture soon!! Thanks again for sharing.
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