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    Stroking text with outline

    Is there any way of easily applying an outline to some text? I've tried scaling a duplicate version to 110% but the characters don't match properly.

    Any suggestions are welcomed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsi
    Is there any way of easily applying an outline to some text? I've tried scaling a duplicate version to 110% but the characters don't match properly.

    Any suggestions are welcomed!
    Well this is what I came up with using only F5. It's rather crude and I guess there are better ways of doing it. Anyway you have to break apart your text. Then duplicate it. Then change the color of the copy->Modify->Shape->Expand fill..->Direction:insert. Then place your resized copy over the original. You hve to "tap" it carefully into place. Hope that helps.
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    Here's a much simpler way. I think the results are also a little bit finer. Simply break text apart and then apply a stroke with the ink bottle tool. I'm glad you asked this question because I never knew how to do this either.
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    Nice one lads - blunderboy's solution is much simpler mind! I tried breaking the text apart then highlighting and changing the stroke property of each character but that didn't work. Thank god for the ink bottle tool!
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    The second solution is much better.
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    D'oh!!! It's early morning mate - still not quite awake!
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    Another suggestion

    I have a slightly different way of doing the same thing that I think might work better.

    Basically you do the same thing that Blunderboy suggested, with an extra step:

    Make a copy of the text that you're working on and place it on a layer underneath the original text.
    Break apart this text and apply the stroke. (You may want to hide the upper layer of text to see what you are doing).
    Using this method you'll probably want to use a stroke that is 1 pixel more than the desired stroke.
    Now reveal the upper layer and you will have an even stroke on the text.

    The reason I suggest doing it this way is because Flash seems to add the stroke to the center of the edge of the text, instead of the outside of the edge, so it will take away a bit of the fill area of the text. With smaller or more complex fonts this could be a problem.

    Keep in mind this wont work on all fonts or all sizes. But neither will pretty much any other method.


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