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"Postcard" Effect in Illustrator: 3D Text

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In this tutorial viewers will learn how to create a postcard text effect in Illustrator and get an introduction to the 3D tools

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1. Open a new document in Illustrator

2. Using a very bold font, type your Postcard text

3. Select the type, and go to Type > Create Outlines

4. Go to Effect > Warp and adjust the "bend" of the text"

5. Go to Object > Ungroup

6. Go to Effect > 3D. Click and drag the image to have the correct 3D effect

7. Go to Object > Expand Appearance and the effects will appear

8. Select all objects and go to the color panel; select a random color. Then use the drop-down to specify RGB (or CMYK) color so it isn't in Greyscale

9. Ungroup all objects

10. Select all objects on top and make them white; Change the color of the 3D objects

11. Select the white letters and add a stroke using the color panel

12. Select the white letters and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to a negative number to create "inner" layers. Set them to a different color.

13. Copy and paste onto an image in Photoshop.

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