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how do you create a engraved effect in illustrator cs4?

May 16, 2009 5:21 PM

say for example, i want to make a metal object look like it has text engraved/chisled into it. what is the fastest (but most realistic) way of getting this effect without drawing all of the secondary 3d looking paths by hand based on copies of the flattened text? or am i missing something somewhere?


I wish negative values were available in the extrude depth (extrude & bevel)


any ideas?


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    May 16, 2009 10:42 PM   in reply to Thali-Hoo

    Scott Weichert has a good technique for this and posted it somewhere, if you cannot find it I am sure after the weekend he will come around and point you to it.

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    May 17, 2009 3:29 PM   in reply to Thali-Hoo

    A basic bevel and emboss created manually.....



    It does take some work. If you are looking for a quick, magic, button, there really is none.

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    May 17, 2009 4:17 PM   in reply to Thali-Hoo

    No real tips. That would need to be manually drawn.

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