“3-D Text” Part 2
Welcome back to the second part of the 3-D text tutorial. In this part, we will add a faded shadow to our 3-D text.
What You’ll Be Making:
- Illustrator CS4/5
- Slight experience w/ Illustrator
1. A. Start out by locking our original text and not the blend. B. Now you’ll be able to select the blended text.
2. A. Copy-drag a clone of the blend to anywhere else on the screen. B. Make sure that the blend is selected and go to Object>Blend>Release. C. You should see the blend being separated into different objects as you see below. D. Delete the larger text since it wouldn’t make sense for a casted shadow.
3. A. Copy-drag (holding option/alt) a clone of the new unblended text in any downward direction. B. Use the blend-tool again to make a blend with these two texts. C. Double-click the blend-tool from the tool bar to bring up the settings for the blend-tool. Give it a specified-steps spacing with 50 steps to make a smooth blend (go higher for more smoothness) so the computer doesn’t do too much work in making blends.
4. Give the most bottom text an opacity of 0% by first selecting it with the white arrow tool then adjusting it’s opacity. This will give faded shadow look. B. If the blend looks off, select one of the text and right-click and choose Arrange>Send to Back/Bring to Front. C. You should see something change. D. It is best to lock our original object before proceeding any further.
5. A. Move the shadow blend back onto our original object. B. If it’s not already behind the original text/object, then right-click and choose Arrange>Send to Back. C. You should see the “shadow” move to the very back.
6 A. Improve this blend by lower its opacity to around 50%. B. Use the white arrow tool to move the text with 0% opacity closer to the solid-filled text. You will have achieved a 3-D effect as you see below.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned a new skill.
Posted on February 16, 2011, in 3-D, Blend Tool, Effects, Layouts, Perspective, Text, Tips, Tutorials and tagged 0%, Bring-to-Front, Faded Shadow, Opacity, Send-to-Back. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.