Adobe Illustrator/shiny look


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I am wondering how can I get this shiny look effect that you see on the letters using Adobe Illustrator CS2.


Hi Tracy,

The letters are split into two pieces using a path. The top half has a gradient from white to the letter color.

Type your test. The select the text with the Selection tool. Go to Object>Create Outlines (this will convert the text to shapes.) Draw a curved shape across the letters. Select everything and go to the Pathfinder panel and choose divide.

You will now have two separate shapes that you can color individually.



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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


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