So after I made the mistake I remembered somebody else did as well. I wanna say it was @marmak3261, but I could be misremembering that. So I’m just kinda posting this here as a refresher on picking the right font for the job.
I’m working a little project where I’m sandwiching clear acrylic between black acrylic and I’m cutting words out from the black, and engraving them on the clear. The idea being it’ll look very cool and readable while it’s unlit, and super-mondo-awesome when it’s lit.
So I just cut (wasted) my only sheet of black acrylic. As it began to cut, and I thought about what was happening, I smiled and said to my son “Wanna know how I just failed?” He said “What do you mean, it’s looking great so far. I can read everything.” I said “That’s 'cause all the little cut pieces are still in place.” I explained that anything with an inner section will simply disappear. Letters like “a” “e” and “o” will generally look about the same. In case you haven’t it thought it through, there’s nothing holding the top part of an “e” together, for example. To make this work you really need a stencil style font.
So I haven’t decided how I’m going to fix this. I can’t use a very different font (like a stencil style) because it would be wrong for the piece. So I think I’m simply going to draw little connectors or lines through each letter that needs it, and re-run the job (after I order more black).
Anyway, thought I’d share my fail in hope to help others.