Say i'm rounding the corners of a word that i've typeset in Illustrator (as if i were creating a logo). That word is 'Kresge' and i've set it in 'Avenir Heavy', a sturdy sans-serif typeface. You'll notice that 'Kresge' contains letterforms that are naturally round like the 's' or the lowercase 'e'.
When i navigate to Illustrator's menu and select: Effects > Stylize > Rounded Corners, it brings up a dialog prompt asking me to specify the radius of the rounded corners and I do. In this case, i want the radius to be almost undetectable at 0.004 inches.
When i hit 'Okay', it does indeed round the edges of the letterforms. But the letters that are already rounded to some extent become jagged and loose their precise geometry. This is because the algorithm is trying to round a shape that already has round proportions. Makes sense.
What i'd like is for the style to focus only on the pointed "hard" edges of the 'e' or the 's', but not the entire letter. Is there a way to get Illustrator to do this? A way that might allow me to now have to go back in and smooth over the jagged edges of each letter after i've applied the style?
Example of what i'm experiencing (before & after corner rounding):
Thanks very much for your help!