How to Make Embossed Type on Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator is a graphic-design program that makes it possible to create posters and digital drawings. Marketing companies tend to use designers to make these types of digital artwork to solicit new business and customers. When you have to create a design in Illustrator that includes text, you can use a wide variety of fonts and different effects, which can help you capture the attention of a company or potential customers. One of these effects is embossing your text. With even basic knowledge of the Illustrator program, you can create embossed text.

  • Open Adobe Illustrator. Open a new document by going to "File" and selecting "New." Note that the standard measurement for a new document is picas, but you can change this measurement to inches under "Units."

  • Select the "Type" tool in the tools panel on the left side of the screen, or press "T" on your keyboard to access the tool. Click on the blank new white page and type a word or phrase. Select the black arrow at the top of the tools panel and click on the text to select it.

  • Click on the "Colors" icon in the right-hand tools panel. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the icon left so that it tears away from the panel. Select a color for your text by placing your cursor at the rainbow strip at the bottom of the box.

  • Select the "Graphic Styles" icon in the right-hand tools panel. Follow the same procedures as in Step 3 to tear it away from the panel.

  • Click on the small "fx" icon that appears third from the left in the "Appearance" box. This will bring up a list of effects that you can apply to your text.

  • Choose the "3D" option that appears second from the top of the list. Select "Extrude and Bevel." This will bring up a small box where you can set a "Perspective" degree and the type of bevel you want to apply to your text.

  • Enter a number in the "Perspective" box or click on the arrow beside it and drag the tiny triangle to select a number. Click on the arrow in the "Bevel" box and choose a bevel style. You will see options such as "Classic," "Complex 1," "Complex 2," "Complex 3," "Cove," "Jaggy" and "Rolling."

  • Click "OK" to apply your bevel options to your text. You will now see a small box that says "Generating Geography" and then "Rendering Artwork." When the process is completed, your text will have its new bevel effects.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is no effect called "Emboss" in Illustrator, as there is in Adobe Photoshop. The effect is called "Extrude and Bevel" in Illustrator.

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