Stretching only part of the letter


I have been trying to do this.

I have the word "Panther" and what I want is to stretch the letter "P" only to extend it and cover the other letter.

Here's what I am trying to accomplish. {I use paint so I just sketch it sorry}

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I tried doing this but I am unsuccessful.

  1. Create the text.
  2. Convert the outline.

3.a I tried dragging the anchor point with the direct slection tool but I am not able to drag all anchor points along the curve of "P"

3.b I tried using the warp tool but it seems to skew the whole letter P.

Any hints? Just picked up illustrator and learning the ropes. Thanks.

5/3/2014 1:37:00 AM

You could try this.

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Select your text and 'Create Outlines'. (MENU: Type>Create Outlines)

I select the text again and Ungroup everything. (MENU: Object>Ungroup)

Select the 'P' with the Selection Tool (V) and resize it appropriately while holding Shift to maintain proportions.

After I resize the 'P', I use 'Offset Path...' to remove the extra letter width. (MENU: Object>Path>Offset Path...)

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Next, you can use the Selection Tool (V) to select & remove the larger left-over 'P' surrounding your new path.

At this point, I position the 'anther' under the 'P'.

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Add extra anchor points to the horizontal section of the 'P' using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+).

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Lastly, use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select only the anchor points in the bowl of the 'P', including the anchor points we just added. Click/Hold on a selected point and drag the selected section to the right while holding Shift.

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Once you're at this point, you can use some of those same steps and the Pen Tool (P) to do some other nifty things.

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I'm not an Illustrator wizard but this is hopefully a viable solution to your question.


5/3/2014 6:14:00 AM