Let me preface this by saying that I'm still very new to Blender, so I don't know all the tricks and terms.
So I am following along with this YouTube tutorial to engrave text in a mesh in my model. I followed along, but ran into the following problem.
After going through the Decimate Modifier step in the tutorial, I noticed that there were a couple locations (both ds, the s, and the A) where there are lines crossing over the letter. I don't know what this means, but it looks like it's the shortest length between two points on the letter connecting with one another, crossing over the letter to do so rather than the next point on the "outline" of the letter.
After the applying the Boolean Modifier Step, the surface I am trying to subtract material from immediately looks like it does below.
Then when I hide the text mesh, the surface looks like it does below.
As shown above, something funky happened. It looks like the operation worked for the two letters at the beginning and the end ("Ed and WA"), but the weirdness occurred in the middle, and I'm not exactly sure what happened. I have a suspicion that this may be happening because the text is cursive because I've done something similar with a serif font before and it worked. But yeah, I have no idea what's going on here/why it's not working.
Do any of you have an idea of what might be going wrong, or what I could try to do to fix this? Thank you so much for your help!