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Old 08-25-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default Window Trim mask easy in Adobe Illusterator.

If some of you have wondered how to design a window trim on the computer, here is one easy way to do it using Adobe Illustrator.



For more tips and tutorials, go to www.cfxpaintworks.com
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Thats awesome. Good tutorial. I prefer my X-Acto though.
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Any tricks to making something that comes to a point not have a flat end? If you goto 4pt stroke, it flattens the point, I can manually fix it, just cuirous if there was a different way, the 3 cap choices don't do it. (Illustrator 10).
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Any tricks to making something that comes to a point not have a flat end? If you goto 4pt stroke, it flattens the point, I can manually fix it, just cuirous if there was a different way, the 3 cap choices don't do it. (Illustrator 10).
What you can do is with the pentool, hit alt and slightly curve your line then connect the rest. Once you close your path, it should be sharp at the end.
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I've done designs in Photoshop, but what type of material do you print them on?
I tried full-sheet avery labels, which are expensive paper and don't always peel nicely after being cut out - they always seem to have rough edges. I'm way more accurate with a scissor than an xacto, which may explain the rough edges.

Also, this works great for decals with complex graphics but the label paper doesn't hold up well to wear and washing onthe outside of the body. Is there a clear material available to ink-jet the designs onto?
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Yes, they clear vinyl you can print on from Avery. I highly do NOT recommend Avery labels though. Because it is paper based, the paint with eat into them and make your paint bleed.
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Any tricks to making something that comes to a point not have a flat end? If you goto 4pt stroke, it flattens the point, I can manually fix it, just cuirous if there was a different way, the 3 cap choices don't do it. (Illustrator 10).
Mike, just change the "miter joint" setting to a higher value like 200. Miter joint is just below the stroke weight setting.

Although for window trims, I usually prefer a rounded joint even if I have to use a tight radius.
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