3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator

3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator

Gritty means sandy and today we will create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe Illustrator.

We will use TypeTool, Blend Tool, Grain Effect and few other tools and effects in this tutorial.

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now follow the below steps:

Step 1

Select the Type Tool and type the text on the artboard. Place the text in the center with the help of Align Panel.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Step 2

Select the text and press Ctrl + C to copy the text and then press Ctrl + B to paste it in the back. Now drag the selected towards left side.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Now create one more copy of the text and keep it aside. We will use it in the last step.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Step 3

Now select the text which we have copied and placed in the left side. Change the Fill color to # ffffff and reduce its Opacity to 0%.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Step 4

We will make a blend in this step.

Select the original text and the one filled with white color. Then press Alt + Ctrl + B to Make a Blend. Double click on the BlendTool in the Tool Panel to open Blend Options dialogue box.

In that dialogue box increase the Specified Steps to make a smooth blend and then check the Preview and click OK.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

NOTE : You can select the lower layer of the blend and make alteration in its size and position to change the blend effect.

Step 5

In this step we will apply the Grain Effect to the blend and this will give our text a Gritty Shadow Effect.

Select the blend and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Texture and select Grain.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

This will open a new window. In that, set the Grain Type as Stippled and then set the Grain Intensity as well as Contrast.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Click OK to apply the effect.

Step 6

In this step we will change the original text color. Select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle on the artboard (same size of as the artboard). Fill the rectangle with any color of your choice and then press Shift + Ctrl + [ to move the rectangle to the back.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Now select the blend and the rectangle then open the Transparency Panel (Shift + Ctrl + F10). In the Transparency Panel, click on Make Mask and then put checkmark on Clip and Invert Mask.

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

Step 7

Now select the text which we had kept aside and change its color (a little darker shade as compared to the original text color). Then with the help of Align Panel place the text at the center of the artboard. It will be placed exactly above the original text.

Apply Film Grain Effect to it.

Effect > Artistic >Film Grain

How to create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe illustrator?

This is how you can create 3D Gritty Shadow Effect in Adobe Illustrator. Practice this tutorial and share your views in the comment section. Also, share this tutorial with others.

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