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Layered 3D Text Effect in Illustrator

Posted on 16th July 2019
1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.



2 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your Font and type your text (we used “Myriad Pro Bold Italic”). Size it to fit almost the entire Document.





3 - Center it using the “Horizontal and Vertical Align Center” options on your Top Menu and make sure that “Align to Artboard” is selected. Or use the same options in the “Align Panel”. Give it NO “Fill” and “Stroke” colors.





4 - With the Text still selected, go to the “Appearance Panel” and click “Add New Fill” at the bottom of the Panel, choose a very light Grey from the “Swatches Panel” (K=5).





5 - Add another “Fill”, make sure it sits under the previous one and change the Grey to a slightly darker shade (K=10).





6 - With it still selected click on the “Illustrator Effects” Menu at the bottom of the Panel and navigate to Distort & Transform > Transform… Apply a “Horizontal and Vertical Move” of 0.03 cm and make 5 “Copies”. Click “OK”.





7 - Add another “Fill”, make sure it sits under the previous ones and change the Grey to a slightly darker shade (K=20). Also apply a “Transform Effect” with a “Horizontal and Vertical Move” of 0.03 cm and make 10 “Copies”. Click “OK”.





8 - Create yet another “Fill”, make sure it at the bottom and change the Grey to (K=30). Again, apply a “Transform Effect” with a “Horizontal and Vertical Move” of 0.03 cm and make 15 “Copies”. Click “OK”.





9 - Keep adding “Fills” making the Grey darker in increments of 10 and apply a “Horizontal and Vertical Move” Effect in increments of 5 “Copies” until you reach K=90 and 45 “Copies”.







10 - Duplicate your text (Command/Control + C and Command/Control + V), change the word you are using and head to the “Appearance Panel”. Drag the bottom “Fill” Layers to the top to reverse the order. Double-click on the “Transform” Effect of each “Fill” and change the “Horizontal Move” value to -0.03 cm. Repeat for each “Fill” until you reverse the entire effect.







11 - Check it out.


by @lornacane

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