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Text Halo

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04-01-2010 08:36 AM
Is there a way to put a "halo" around text? Not a text mask. We have text over an aerial and would like a white outline around the text to accent them better.

Thanks,
*Bill Gilliss
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Re: Text Halo

04-01-2010 08:47 AM in reply to: tremblay
On 4/1/2010 11:36 AM, tremblay@hws.com wrote:
> Is there a way to put a "halo" around text? Not a text mask. We have text over an aerial and would like a white outline around the text to accent them better.
>
> Thanks,
>
This has been addressed here any number of times. AutoCAD does not seem
to be able to do this natively with any kind of font.

With SHX fonts, the best bet seems to be to copy the text to another
layer, use a very fat color 255 pen for that layer, and use DRAWORDER to
keep the white text under the regular text.

With TTF fonts, which are not affected by pen weight, people have copied
the original text a slight amount in several directions, colored the
copies white, and again used DRAWORDER to keep them under the regular
text. The first approach seems a lot easier to me, if only because there
are fewer things to change when you need to edit the text.
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Re: Text Halo

04-01-2010 08:48 AM in reply to: tremblay
Thats what I was afraid of.

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Re: Text Halo

04-01-2010 09:36 AM in reply to: tremblay
You may want to look into a lisp program from the lisp sites that will draw a box around the text you want. Or if you know lisp, you could write one yourself. One quick and dirty trick is use the wipeout feature, turn frames on and then explode the wipeout and get the linework. Make a new layer current in case you want to isolate the linework before creating wipeouts.
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Re: Text Halo

04-01-2010 10:59 AM in reply to: tremblay
Not sure what you mean by 'halo' but could you use a text mask and then have the wipeout frame display?

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Re: Text Halo

04-01-2010 12:01 PM in reply to: tremblay
You could block the TTF text then copy the block around like you said.
*Bill Gilliss
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Re: Text Halo

04-01-2010 12:25 PM in reply to: tremblay
On 4/1/2010 3:01 PM, ZEROrdinary wrote:
> You could block the TTF text then copy the block around like you said.
>
Good point. All the copies would then update automatically. This would
work with the SHX solution, as well.

Or... you could use a field that referenced the contents of the text,
and not have to block anything. Need to regen to see the changes in the
field.
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Re: Text Halo

06-07-2010 09:53 AM in reply to: tremblay

I posted a block a while back that works just how you are wanting to... see my post in the Augi Forums:

 

http://forums.augi.com/showthread.php?t=104277&page=2

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Re: Text Halo

06-07-2010 09:55 AM in reply to: mdemint
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