A perfect name plaque for a fisherman on your list would be this next one. I made it for John from Colorado. There are a couple tricky steps in making this plaque as I wanted the fish texture to go through his name but not through the border around it. The files were created in EnRoute Pro 5. The vectors are first. I started with the letters and simple oval. I then created an offset oval (to the inside. This vector was distorted using the distortion tool to create a slightly wavy line.
I created a comes relief using the outside vector, modifying it by adding the center oval as a raised relief ( 0.15″ )
I then added a texture using ‘SPLOTCHES’ from the TEXTURE MAGIC collection using a value of 0.1″.
The fish texture was next, again from the TEXTURE MAGIC collection, this time with a value of 0.15″.
The lettering border was first created as a flat relief 0.5″ tall. I then modified it using an oval vector and the dome tool to make the border the same radius as the base relief. I then went to the front view and using the up/down keys positioned the letter outline relief to the right place in relation to the base relief.
Then I selected the lettering (not the lettering outline) and the base relief and modified the base relief by raising the lettering. It had the fish texture through it. it.
I could then merge highest the lettering outline and the base relief creating the effect I desired.