3D Lettering Shadows & Highlights Tutorial | Adobe Illustrator



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Hey guys! So in this tutorial I am showing you an easy way to add highlights and shadows to your vectorised lettering work. I have had a few people ask me how I create this effect and of course this process would be fairly difficult to simply explain over a message, so I thought I would make a tutorial on this to help those people and to also give you guys a bit more insight on the processes I regularly use when creating my vectorised lettering. As I said at the very start, adding these highlights and shadows can make a great impact on the overall look of a piece of lettering, it helps bring some depth to your piece without being overly intrusive if done correctly. You of course need to keep in mind the colours you’re using, you don’t wan’t the shadows to be drastically darker than the background and you don’t want the highlights to be drastically lighter than the lettering they’re sitting on because then they will simply stand out too much and can easily make your lettering look over-designed and messy, so please keep that in mind.
I hope this tutorial has cleared this up for you guys and hopefully helps you out in your journey to becoming better at both hand lettering and the vectorising stages. It’s always nice to learn something new in the digital process to make your lettering stand out more. Let me know what you guys think of this tutorial, and as always, if you have any suggestions for future tutorials, feel free to drop a comment down below! Thanks everyone!

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