I am attempting to use some single line stick fonts in some tags for engraving purposes. Everything looks good in Illustrator but I need to convert that text to a path for purposes of engraving. When I convert the stick font to outlines I lose parts of the text. For example a "-" disappears as does the horizontal component of the "A". Any suggestions on a workaround?

The font I am using is available here.

sample output before and after

  • Will you show us a before/after screen shot, preferably with your font selected, so we can see the paths?
    – Manly
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 18:14
  • I've attached a before and after shot illustrating the two. I haven't gone through all the characters but it seems the A and the - might be the only two problems.
    – Jason
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 19:08
  • if you select the shapes after, are the disappearing lines there? or if you zoom in? It might be just a rendering issue.
    – spiral
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 12:12
  • Good thought... but unfortunately no.
    – Jason
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 21:09

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The problem appears to be with those fonts, at least that's what it looks like to me. You can see how poorly made the font is and that some of its characters are incomplete.


  • Thanks for your help! The font looks fine on my end considering that it is intended to be a "stick font" for engraving purposes. Can you elaborate? Or perhaps you might know of an alternative font that I might use to achieve the same goal?
    – Jason
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 20:40
  • I have to apply a stroke in AI, just to see the font. I'll admit, I don't do much with stick fonts so I don't know what the norm is, but I would assume that if the path were there then it would appear when given a stroke. Maybe just draw in the missing paths by hand? @Jason
    – Manly
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 18:18
  • I'll see if applying a stroke can resolve the issue. If I apply a stroke, then convert the stroke outline to a path, is there a way to then grab the centerline of that? In regards to hand drawing, that would normally be good but I have a VBA script which is generating thousands of tags. It would just defeat the purpose of the automation.
    – Jason
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 21:54

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