How to make a depth effect text in Adobe Illustrator

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In this video tutorial you'll learn how to give more depth to text in Adobe illustrator. You'll also learn how to use type as paths to get more attractive results. Get ready to transform a simple text into a colorful title.

Hello my name is Maria Keller and I'm a digital artist from Mexico. On this tutorial, I'll teach you how to make your work more interesting through the use of depth. All the keys and shortcuts I use will be displayed on the screen so you can follow along. Let's begin. The first thing we're going to do is open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. If you don't know how to do that, I'm gonna teach you very quickly how. We're gonna go to File and go here to New. Or you can press Ctrl + N on your keyboard. And once you do that, a window like this should appear. I'm using the latest version of Illustrator CC, so if your interface looks different it's totally fine because this information, while in a different layout, should be the same. I'm going to click here and type a width of 600 and a height of 800. Make sure that you're horizontal, actually inverting the numbers. And then you're going to go here on color mode and make sure that you're selecting RGB, because you're not going to be printing this project. And then you hit create. Once you have your document open, the first thing we're going to do is create a word that will be the one that will contain our different layers of depth. So I'm going to here to my tools panel or press T on my keyboard. And when I do that, I'm just going to simply click and type. In the case of myself, I want to do: "hello". So I have my word. Now, if you're not sure what kind of font you want to use or if you want to type a different word, like for example, you want to type your name; you probably want to pick a font that reflects your personality or the word that you are typing. So a great site to find very nice fonts is Google Font. And what Google Font does is that- this site that i just opened here- it lets you select the different fonts that you want. So for example, if you want a font that has Serif or doesn't have Serif. Or you want a handwriting mode because probably you're typing your name or something that is more fun. And here you can see that I click on thickness, and then I took it all the way, or probably a little bit more to the top. Because I want a font that is bold enough so I can see the inside of it, and see the layers that I'm going to place inside. So in my case, I went for Alegreya Sans. And you can also type in here a little preview and see how your work looks. So you can type in "Hello", or you can type in here "Hola" which means hello in Spanish. And now that you've selected your font, you can type your word in here in Illustrator. And then the next thing I want to do is to Center it on the canvas. So to do that you can see that when you select an object, here on top you can see the alignment tools. Or you can go to Window> Align, or press Shift+F7. Once you do that, a window like this should appear, and here you can align your objects. And here on the bottom you can see Align To. And if you click there, you can see that you can align to the selection or align to the artboard. In our case we want to align to the artboard, so I'm going to click here. And then I'm going to go here on the top where it says Align objects and Align to Horizontal Align Center, and then to Vertical Align Center. So now I have a word right in the center. And the next thing I want to do is select my work by clicking on it, and then go right click and then go Create Outlines or press Ctrl+ shift + Alt. Once you do that, you're going to have paths instead of the texts you had before. And the next thing you're going to do is select your word or your text, or your ex text because now it's paths. And here, go and swap the fill and stroke. So you can only see the outline. Now I'm going to lock this layer, here I have the layers window. But if you don't see it for whatever reason you can go to Window and find Layers, or press F7. And here I'm going to lock it by clicking right next to the eyeball. So I no longer can select my work by accident and move it. And I'm going to go here on the bottom and create a new layer; and place this layer beneath the layer that contains my word. And I'm going to use the pencil tool. And if you're here on your tools panel, probably by default you're going to see this tool that is called the shaper tool. But if you click and hold the click you're going to find a pencil tool or you can press N on your keyboard. Once you do that you're going to be able to put your cursor and draw with it. So what I'm going to do right now is just click here and make a line, and you can see how I make a curve. If your hands are shaky or you're using a mouse as I am doing right now; you can go double click here on the pencil tool and the options will appear. Now here you can see that the Fidelity... you can move this around to make it more accurate. So everything that you do will be exactly as you do. But you can take it here to smooth, so it will smooth the path and even when your hand is shaking the path will be smooth. So I took it around the middle and I hit ok. And I'm going to keep making these shapes or these line, like this. And then make another line here, and then make another one here. And you can always undo while pressing Ctrl-C if you don't like what you did. So, I'm going to do something like this and then finally something like that. Now that I have this, I want to close these lines so they're paths. So I'm going to go here to my pen tool or click P on my keyboard. And then click here, and then click around here so I make sure that my shape, when it closes, it covers all the word. Then I'm going to click here and do the same for the other lines. Now that you're finished with this, the next thing would be to add color. I had already selected my pallete to save time but you can feel free to pick colors that work for your word and reflect the personality or the text that you're typing. So I'm going to select this first path that I created and swap the fill and the color, sorry fill and stroke, because I don't need the stroke. And then select this green. And I'm going to select that same color for this other shape, and then I'm going to select this other color for this part of the hello. And then select another color like this for the other part of the hello. And what I want to do is select this one and send it to back. So it's actually behind this other color. And actually I want to bring this green to the front; so I'm going to select the green and go right-click> Arrange> Bring to front. Or you can press Ctrl + Ahift + ] . And then I'm going to select this blue. I'm going to right-click> Arrange > Send to back. Then for this other shape, I'm going to select this other green. And now you can go here on your tools panel and select the rectangle tool or press M. And what I want to do is create a rectangle that's big enough to cover all the word, and I'm gonna fill it with this blue color. And I'm going to send it back again by going : Arrange> Send to back or Ctrl + Shift+ [ . Just as before you can... sorry, as always, when you are selecting shapes, you can move them around until you think you are happy with your results; for example, I think that's OK. And now I'm going to actually add depth to this. So I'm going to select everything; and then Shift and select the... Shift and click on the rectangle so I don't select that one. Then I'm going to add a little bit of depth by going to: Effect> Stylise> Drop shadow. And if you do that, a window like this will appear, and you can click here on preview so you can see a preview of what you want. And I had already selected my parameters of what I want. So I actually want an Opacity that's 75%, a mode that's in Multiply, and actually instead of having a color that is black for my shadow; I want to click on Darkness and have it 100%. And the rest of the values offset in X 1.5 and Offset in Y 1.5 and the opacity as I had it and i'm going to click ok. So you can really see which shape is on top of the other. And now what I want to do is make a mask. So I'm going to unlock my layer that contains my text, and what you can do is: if you have a shape that is on the top of the others, you could make a mask. But if you select your text, if you go here on the Appearance and if you don't have a window you can go to your Window> Appearance or press Shift F6. If you see, when I select my text, you can see that this is a group, it's not actually a path. And what this means is that if I double-click on this word, you can see that each individual letter is actually a compound path. but they're all contained in a group, so I don't want that. I'm going to select my text and go: Object> Compound Path> Make or press Ctrl + 8. And when I do that, now you can see that it actually removes the fill and stroke. But I can click here and make it black all again. But you can see on the appearance how now it's a Compound Path. So now if I make the mask it will work. I'm going to select everything and then go right click> Clipping Mask. And when I do that, my word now has contained the layers that I created on the other one. And you can still change this. So if you double click on this you can go inside that clip group that now is on the clipping mask and move around your shape. So for example maybe you can move this around here... Make this green a little bit more prominent and move this one to the top. You can see all these little details that now are appearing here. And then double-click outside this. And now, with this you have given more depth to a word and made it more interesting, instead of that boring. And again just before you can double click and move around your shape until you are happy with the result. So with this, we have concluded this tutorial. I hope you have enjoyed it. Thank you very much for watching, see you
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