USAF Defensor Fortis

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    nwaPLASMA Well-Known Member

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    Another good looking sign and I like the use of the stainless button head allen screws. What was the thought process on bridging the letters vs your other desk sign you made.
     
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    Thanks. I think the stainless button heads add a nice touch and reinforce the industrial look of a metal sign. I've been looking at capacitor discharge stud welders as a boltless option. Sometimes I could use a cleaner look with no bolts.

    When it comes to bridging I really don't have "one best way". Mainly depends on the font and the fact I use a .125 bridge. Some fonts look better bridged all the way through and some just halfway, IMO. My only rule is normally I'll bridge every letter the same for consistency.

    What are your thoughts on that subject? Seems like I've seen you comment on bridging in the past. I'm always open to new ideas. I've seen several unique approaches posted here.
     
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    Bridging is an art not a science. I usually bridge "with" the letter itself. Also certain letters like lower case e and upper R i do out the front and flows with the text. I will also create shaped bridges with the ARC edit tool to help with the look.

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    I think a sign will look better if you put some thought in the bridges, I'm like you and want to keep the bridges consistent, copy the bridge (Ctrl D) and place it on the next letter rather then redrawing another one. The font you use is what will make the sign standout, for the font here I would prefer to strike through the entire letter. The bridge in the letter D for example most wouldn't go through the trouble of what you did by nudging the bridge up to the vertical portion of the letter, then cleaning it up with Node Edit, they would end up with a little tale and ends up not looking as nice as what you did here.
     
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    Thanks. That's exactly what I did. I always go back and node edit the bridges. Otherwise it looks sloppy and all the verticals can get slanted.
     
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    Cool. Shorten the middle of that e and it would be a cool looking capital E
     

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