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Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

Use the Style Inspector along with Artboard’s new transform settings to create a polished raised type treatment. It is super easy to apply the style to other shape objects.

Final Image

Below is the final type treatment we will be working towards.

Tutorial Details

Program : Artboard for Mac OSX
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topics Covered: Style Inspector
Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes

ATTENTION: As of Artboard 1.7, “shared” styles are no longer part of the default workflow, therefore, references to “New” and “Clone” in this tutorial are no longer current. As of Artboard 1.7, the “New” button in the Format Bar and Style Inspector becomes the “Reset” button. See the Users Guide for more information about shared styles.

Step 1

Open a new drawing and choose File > Drawing Size & Units from the main menu and set “pixels/points” as the units of measure. Use the Rectangle [r] tool to draw a rectangle the size of your drawing canvas and fill it with a gray color. Having a background color from the beginning will make it easier to see the changes we will be making to the text.

Step 2

Add a new layer by clicking the “+” at the lower left corner of the Layers panel. Drawing on a new layer keeps your drawing objects separate from the background and will help prevent accidentally selecting the background object. With the Text Box [t] tool, drag out a large text box. Return to the Select [s] tool. Double-click the text box with the Select tool to edit the text. Use the Font panel to choose a font family, typeface, and adjust the size. Our example uses 96pt for big header text, but you can adjust the text to fit your needs. After you get it just how you want it, convert the text to a shape (once you do that the text will no longer be editable). Choose Graphic > Convert To > Shape from the main menu (or right click and choose Convert To > Shape).

Step 3

Open the Style Inspector – Expert pane (EDIT: As of Artboard 1.3 the “Simple” and “Expert” buttons have been removed from the Style Inspector (it edits all expert styles by default)). With the text selected, click “New” to create a new style. Click onto “Fill” and “Stroke” in the components list and click the “–” to remove them, then click “+” and add a Gradient Fill style component. Change the first gradient color stop white and the second a light gray; move the location of the first white color stop to 40; and move the rotate knob to set the angle to 90-degrees.

Note, Artboard does not currently support transparent colors in gradients.

Step 4

From the Style Inspector, add a new “Color Fill” like in the previous step. Drag the fill component to the top of the components list (so it is visually below the first gradient fill). Click the color-well and choose white from the Colors panel. Click “Transform…” to open the transform dialog. In the Transform dialog, change the Y Offset to 1.0pt and click “Done.”

Step 5

From the Style Inspector, add a new “Color Fill” like in the previous step. Drag the fill component to the top of the components list (so it is visually below the other fill). Click the color-well and choose black from the Colors panel. Click “Transform…” to open the transform dialog. In the Transform dialog, change the Y Offset to 1.0pt, set “Number of additional copies” to 2, and click “Done.”

Step 6

With the text still selected, from the Style Inspector, add a new “Color Fill” like in the previous step. Drag the fill component to the top of the components list (so it is visually below the other fills). Click the color-well and choose a medium gray from the Colors panel. Click “Transform…” to open the transform dialog. In the Transform dialog, change the Y Offset to 1.0pt, set “Number of additional copies” to 10, and click “Done.”

Step 7

With the most recent fill still selected in the Style Inspector, check “Shadow” and adjust the Shadow Distance to about 1, the Shadow Blur to about 2, and the Shadow Angle to 90-degrees. We’ve set Shadow Color to black with around 50% opacity. That is pretty much it!

Step 8

You’ve created a great ad-hoc style with a polished raised treatment. Optionally, you can save the style to easily apply to other vector objects in this and other drawings. Simply click onto “Style” in the components list to return to the main window. Add a name for your new style and press enter. Click “Add To ‘Collection’…” to add it to an available My Library user collection. Pretty cool!

Final Image

At this point you can make the treatment better by jazzing up the background with some grain textures, different colors, and simple offsets to other text. In this image we’ve applied the style to our Artboard logo text.

Credit Where Credit Is Due…

In the sincerest form of flattery, this tutorial was directly inspired by “Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment” tutorial on the Vectips website, and a request for this feature from our users. We’ve done our best to replicate the tutorial to show how Artboard’s new style transformation tools can achieve professional results.