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How to create Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator?


Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

We will create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Adobe Illustrator with the help of Rectangle Tool and Pathfinder Tool. We will also use the Drop Shadow Effect.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

We will first create the Paper Cut-Out background which will be filled in the text. So start by launching Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle on the artboard. I have filled the rectangle with color code #d87881.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now copy this rectangle by pressing Ctrl + C and paste it in front by pressing Ctrl + F. Fill this new rectangle with different color. (Color code #6dd47e)

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Pencil Tool from the Tool Panel and draw a random shape on the rectangle.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Select the random shape drawn and the top rectangle and go to the Pathfinder Panel. In the Pathfinder Panel, click on Divide and then Ungroup the selection.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

After ungrouping the selection, delete the random shape created.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Now select the top layer of rectangle and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Stylize and select Drop Shadow.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Drop Shadow dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box make required changes and then click OK.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Now in similar way make few more layers of rectangle.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the Type Tool and type your text. Place it over the layers created then press Ctrl + A to select all the artwork. Then click on Make Clipping Mask button in the Properties Panel.

Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

And the Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator is ready.

Practice this tutorial. You can use different colors for the layers and create your own Paper Cut-Out Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator.

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