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How to create a "glossy text" effect in Illustrator?


Question

I need to transform my PSD logo to Illustrator, so I will re-design it there. The purpose of it is that I will print it on business cards.

On Photoshop using the Marquee Tool I create a white Elliptical and then holding Control I click on the text layer, select inverse and clear.

What is this effect called, and how can I achieve it in Illustrator?

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2014/01/09
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1/9/2014 10:12:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Find a tutorial? How about this:

  1. Write out your text in your desired font.
  2. Create a white oval on top of your text
  3. Lower the opacity on the white oval (Window >> Transparency)
  4. Select the text, right-click it and "Create outlines"
  5. Select the text and the oval, now go to the pathfinder window (Window >> Pathfinder)
  6. Select "Trim"
  7. Select the Direct Selection Tool (A) and click on the non-overlapping part of the oval
  8. Delete it.
  9. You're done!

My result:

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[EDIT]

For a crisper and smoother result:

  1. Write out your text in your desired font.
  2. Create a white oval on top of your text
  3. Lower the opacity on the white oval (Window >> Transparency)
  4. Select the text, and copy it to your clipboard
  5. Select both items, right click and select "Make Clipping Mask"
  6. Paste in place (Ctrl + shift + v)
  7. Then move the text behind the clipping mask
2011/11/01
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11/1/2011 11:07:00 PM