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[Software] Generating nameplate templates


#1

I am trying to find a software program that is geared toward
generating images that can be printed out and used to cutout
nameplate necklaces and similar products.

That is, a software tool (or add on tool to an existing program)
that allows one to enter in a name and get out a printed name like
the image attached where all letters connect with one another and
where a design element is added in.

Anyone know of such a thing??


#2
    I am trying to find a software program that is geared toward
generating images that can be printed out and used to cutout
nameplate necklaces and similar products. 

Hi Doogster. I would think such a program would be available at a
price but have no personal knowledge of one. Depending on what
software you have already you could possibly do this without
purchasing a specialized software program. For the script, you may
be able to use a calligraphic font for your needs, adjusting the
spacing (kerning) to make the letters flow into a connected word or
"connect" the letters manually after printing the image. This
manipulation would be easier to do in a program like Adobe Photoshop
or Illustrator where you could also arrange the letters in a slight
arc rather than straight across. If you don’t have such a font,
search the web for a suitable font or program. Be sure any file you
choose is in public domain and not copyrighted. In fact, specify
"public domain" in your search to make it simpler. When you have your
image or guide sized and ready, print it on mailing labels and use
that directly on the metal as your pattern. HTH Pam Chott
Song of the Phoenix


#3

Generally, according to my friends who own The Font Bureau,
copyright law does not apply to fonts.

Rick Hamilton


#4
    Generally, according to my friends who own The Font Bureau,
copyright law does not apply to fonts. 

Typefaces, at least in the US, are not subject to copyright.
However, there are some confusing caveats.

The “program representation” of a typeface, otherwise known as the
font file, is subject to copyright, however.

Furthermore, the name of the font can be trademarked.

In many places in Europe, they more sensibly allow a typeface to be
copyrighted. By this, you already can see that I’ve got an axe to
grind, and I do. But that’s another matter, that I’ll spare the
general Orchid population my rant.

So, you are within your rights to do whatever you want to a font –
print out the letters and use them as a jewelery template, whatever.
You can even print out a font, scan it in, and create a new font with
those letter forms – which is where most of the "public domain"
fonts come from. But taking a copy of Ultraline or DelTon, which I
actually legitimately purchased (For my Apple IIgs, many many many
many years ago and have subsequently converted to Mac and later to
PC) from my machine and copying it to yours is breaking the law.

Don’t sweat too much about downloading. If the page says "Warez"
and perhaps mentions “Passwordz”, has a lot of misspellings, K3W3L
T3X7 7H47 L00KZ LiK3 Th1z, and tends to pop up porn site windows,
it’s probably illegal software. Otherwise, it’s probably one of the
many forms of freely available software.

For Windows, I’d suggest that you try using “Zoner Draw”. There’s a
free version available that’s absolutely excellent for simple
drafting work, once you get the hang of the quirks. Use that the
tweak the positioning of letters and you can probably get what you
want for a nameplate. It would be nice to automate the process, but
I suspect that automating the process so that the computer gets it
right would be much harder than it looks, so you’d want to leave that
to the artist’s eye.

Ken “Wirehead” Wronkiewicz \ \ /
http://www.wirewd.com/wh/ \ \


#5
I am trying to find a software program that is geared toward
generating images that can be printed out and used to cutout
nameplate 

Go to the web site listed below it is for a program called Font
Twister it may do what you want I believe it is shareware so you can
download it and try the web site has a PDF of all the features in
the download area and if you follow the link to the textures and
other fonts maybe you can find what will do the job for you.

http://www.neuber.com/twister/reguser.html#styles

http://www.neuber.com/twister/download.html

the download page Art


#6
    I am trying to find a software program that is geared toward
generating images that can be printed out and used to cutout
nameplate necklaces and similar products. 

You might try http://www.serif.com and look under their DrawPlus5
program. Their website doesn’t have much content so you
may want to call them for their printed material. This program will
let you do a variety of fonts within a window, which can then be
converted to curves in order to modify the shape of the lettering.
Although not as powerful as Adobe, it does have an intuitive and
short learning curve, and the price is easy enough on the budget.