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2.7 3D Text Style 7

Let's keep exploring even more Illustrator 3D text effects. Now that we're familiar with the Extrude and Bevel Tool from the previous lesson, we can look at how to map text onto a 3D object.

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2.7 3D Text Style 7

Hi, everyone, welcome back to the course. In this lesson, we're going to be using the extrude and bevel effect that we used in the last lesson, only this time, we'll be using it to map text on to shapes. As you can see in this Economist cover here, we've taken the time to make it look like the words are on the side of the bomb are really written on it. The text has a very subtle curve and perspective to it that makes it appear real. So I'm going to show you a technique for how to do that, which in turn gives you other opportunities to create some really fun 3D text. Like our last lesson involving the extrude and bevel effect, feel free to choose whatever style of font you want. I'm going to go with this bold word down here, brazen. Just going to copy that, bring it into this document So now that's on the art-board. The first step is to create a symbol from your text. So what you need to do with your Symbols window open, drag your word into the Symbols window, this green cross should appear, so drop it in. Then this window comes up, I'm going to name it Brazen and then export type needed as a graphic. Dynamic symbols, fine and OK. And you can see it appears here in your symbols window. So I'm just going to move this down here out of the way slightly. And the next step is to draw, using the Ellipse tool, is to draw a circle. I'll just center that to the page as well. And then when it's selected go Effect, 3D, Extrude and Bevel. Now I'm gonna set these axes to zero, I'm going to go 50 with this one and zero with this one. I'll hit preview and gonna make this slightly deeper so it looks like this long cylinder. Then for the next step, we're going to get Map Art. And then this new window appears. So you can see in this surface section of the window, it's given the choice of one of three, that's because it's sort of picking up that there are three surfaces to this shape. There's a circle here, which is at the end, and then if you go to this next one, there's another circle, which is this circle at the end. And then this last shape, is this rounded edge of the cylinder, and this is the one we're going to be working with. And the one we're going to map our work to. So with that one selected, in Symbol, go down to brazen, the word that you put into symbols, and then it will appear. And you can see it's wrapped around the shape at the moment. So what we're going to do is position it, so it's how as I want it to be. So I'm going to rotate it and then fit it into the shape. So there's a light side you can see here. So there's a light side and a dark side. The dark side is the other side of the shape, the back of the shape that we can't see. And then anything we put on the light side is this side of the shape. So if you move up here, you can see it disappear on the back. Likewise if I put it down the bottom, we can see it disappearing around the bottom. So I'm going to have it centered. And press OK. OK again. And now I want to be able to edit this shape. Because at the moment this is just an effect, so I can't really click on or change the color, it is not as adjustable as I want it to be. So I'm going to go object, expand and expand again. So now, all of these are vectors which means I can easily delete parts of it and change the colors. And now I want to get rid of the circle shape in the end. Also, it's caught this white background if I want to get rid of And we don't need this brazen down here anymore, so I'm going to delete that. And then I'm going to center it to the middle of the art-board the word that we're left with. So now I'm going to add color to this And add a background end. I'll resend that to the back and make that red and then, now to color the word So going to have yellow fill and then a green stroke. Just going to make the stroke slightly thicker. And there you have a very simple way of making text appear like it's curved and like it's coming out towards you. One final thing we can do to make this appear even more effective, is I'm going to get our original word again, copy that, bring it back into here, drop it in behind our curved word that we've just made So I'm just going to rotate it slightly so it matches the angle of this one. Then I'll need to squash it slightly to match for shape. So when I drop it behind, it gives us this extra shadow and makes it appear even more effective and gives even more depth. So there you have it, you can experiment with mapping text onto a variety of shapes and experiment by putting them on different faces of that shape. Thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next lesson.

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