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Premium Tutorial: 3D Golden Text Effect

golden text effect

Learn how to create an 3d golden text effect in this premium illustrator tutorial. See how to create text using 3D extrude and the techniques to clean up the broken shapes. The final steps will teach you how to create glows and highlights for the 3D text. This will be a great tutorial for beginners to create professional 3D text effects in Adobe illustrator!

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

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1. Create a 700 b 300px document. Select the Type Tool(T) and add your text. Use the Myriad Pro Bold font with a size of 155px. Select this text and go to Object>Expand. Fill the resulting shapes with R=234 G=179 B=85. Now, select these shapes and apply Effect>3D Extrude & Bevel effect then go to Object>Expand Apperance.

2. Now, you should have 7 main groups of shapes. Let's focus on each letter separately. Start with "V". Select the v shape, ungroup it (Shift+Ctrl+G) and name it "V". Fill it with R=255 G=219 B=127 then add the Inner Grow effect. Continue with the shape selected in image #2, ungroup it, and name it "V1". Fill this shape with the first linear gradient. Next, is the shape selected in image #3. Ungroup it, name it "V2" then fill it with the second linear gradient. Finally, the shape selected in image #4. Ungroup it, name it "V3" and fill it with the last linear gradient.

3. Let's continue with the letter E. Select the e shape, ungroup it and name it "E". Fill it with R=255 G=219 B=127 then add the Inner Glow effect. Select the bottom shape(image #2), ungroup it, name it "E1" then fill it with the first linear gradient. Continue with the shape selected in image #3. Ungroup it, name it "E2" then fill it with the second linear gradient. Select the shape shown in image #4, ungroup it, name it "E3" then fill it with R=206 G=139 B=34. Next is the shape shown in image #5. Ungroupt it, name it "E4" then fill it with the linear gradient. Select the shape shown in image #6. Ungroup it, name it "E5" then fill it with the linear gradient shown below. Finally, ungroup the shapes selected in images #7, #8, and #9. Name them "E6", "E7", and "E8" then fill them with the color and gradients shown in the final images.

4. Now the C. Select the C shape, ungroup it, name it "C", fill it with R=255 G=219 B=217 then add the Inner Glow Effect. Next, select the shapes shown in image #2 and click on the unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape "C1" and fill it with the linear gradient. Select the shapes shown in image #4 and click Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape "C2" and fill it with the second linear gradient. Finally, select the shape shown in image #6, ungroup it, name it "C3" and fill it with the last linear gradient.

5. Next is the "T". Select the T shape, ungroup it, name it "T", fill it with R=255 G=219 B=127 then add the Inner Glow effect. Select the shape shown in image #2, ungroup it, name it "T1" and fill it with the linear gradient. Select the shapes shown in image #3, ungroup it, name it "T2" then fill it with the second linear gradient. Continue with the shapes selected in image #4. Ungroup it, name it "T3" and fill it with the third gradient. Select the shape shown in image #5, ungroup it, name it "T4" and fill it with the fourth linear gradient. Finally, select the shape shown in image #6, ungroup it, name it "T5" then fill it with the final linear gradient.

6. Select the O shape, ungroup it, name it "O", fill it with R=255 G=219 B=127 then add the Inner Glow effect. Select the shapes shown in image #2 and click on the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape "O1" then fill it with the linear gradient. Select the shapes shown in image #4 then click on the unite button from the Pathfinder panel. Name the resulting shape "O2" then fill it with the other linear gradient.

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  1. Gravtar for Ilie Ciorba
    Ilie Ciorba July 24th

    Good work Andrei, the text looks amazing!

  2. Gravtar for serban
    serban July 27th

    looks good. :) the “R” has a strange effect lol

  3. Gravtar for michael
    michael August 4th

    You have a problem with the tutorial download. Non-members can download it too. send me a mail and I’ll explain to you.

  4. Gravtar for Tony Soh
    Tony Soh August 4th

    I have fixed the bug already.

  5. Gravtar for michael
    michael August 5th

    Are you sure? I can still download some of the premium tutorial while being a non-member.

  6. Gravtar for eswar chand
    eswar chand September 6th

    looking good. the effect was nice

  7. Gravtar for Briggs
    Briggs February 16th

    Adding that twinkle to the corners seals the deal, great work!

  8. Gravtar for Geoffrey Trebilco
    Geoffrey Trebilco August 25th

    I am having trouble with steps 11-16. My resultant bottom shadows sit over the top of part of the letter shapes. Trying to bring the orignal parts of the letteres to the top does not work. What am I missing?

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