Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Minimalist type with the Live Paint Bucket, part of Type Tips Weekly.
- [Nigel] Hi, I'm Nigel French. Welcome to this week's Type Tip and for this episode I am in Illustrator and I want to show you a way of creating minimalist type using a combination of create outlines, guides and the live paint bucket. Essentially what I want to do with this bold version of Futura is chop bits of the letters away leaving me with just the essential letter form.
So in terms of setup, I have here some paragraph type. It's paragraph type so that I can use the full justify option. And you get the paragraph type or area type just by defining a text frame by clicking and dragging with your type tool or after the fact you have this little widget here which will convert paragraph or area type to point type and vice versa and we also see the same option under the Type menu.
We can convert to point type and from point type, we can go to paragraph type, but it is only in paragraph type that we have the option of full justify. Now the main part of the setup involves drawing guides around the letters, drawing guides for every possible permutation of how we intend to slice the letters, that's why there are so many and these need to be very accurately drawn.
I found it was helpful to turn off my Smart Guides which were actually preventing me from making very fine adjustments with the guides. But when drawing the guides and I have drawn them on a separate layer, make sure you get in nice and big so that you can really see what you're doing and that the edges of the guides correspond with the edges of the letters exactly.
So with this in place, what we now need to do is select that guide layer and then from the View menu, we are going to convert those guides to lines or we are going to release the guides. So we now have lines rather than non-printing guides. The lines themselves have no fill and no stroke. In addition, I will swipe over the text, not including the small type, which is on a locked layer, and then create outlines.
Now I'll select the guides or what was formerly the guides, now the lines, and the outline type. I'll come to my live paint bucket and then when I move over my selected objects, I see the message click to make live paint group. I want to make sure in this case that I am painting with a fill of none. So if necessary, you can come to your swatches panel and just make sure that none is chosen or you'll have those three swatches above your cursor.
Just tap left or right so that you get to the red slash. Now I'm going to zoom in and I'm going to take away pieces of the letters. I need to make sure that with those letters that have overshoots beyond the baseline like the S and the O that I also get those small black segments.
And for those letters where there are multiples, they don't necessarily need to look the same. I'm going to take away a different segment from each of the O's. And now we can remove that. I need to take away pieces of the letters. And I think that is me now finished. Let me just deselect, make sure the guides are not selected and now we see our minimalist type created by slicing away those segments of the outlined letters using the live paint bucket.