Editable Reflections

While there are many tutorials on the web on how to do a reflection either in Photoshop or Illustrator, there are few (read: maybe none) that show you how to do it and keep your art 100% Editable! In other words, lets say you build this sweet layout for your client, you spent some time on that text on top with the reflection.

“We Love it!” It has a nice Web 2.0 look! great Job. Oh but we want it to say something else”.

This is why I love the Appearance Pallet! In these new styles you’ll be able to grab your text tool and just re type it. You can edit them as you want or need. You can even apply them to any shape or text.

Here you can see how its done. By keeping the fill with a gradient set to “Multiply” you are able to put your object on any color background.
Reflections How

Click more for a a tip and the download.

Tip: When resizing text or using shapes, edit the “Move Vertical” setting in the “Transform” Effect in the appearance pallet. Make sure the “Preview” is checked so you can see your changes as they are made.

Reflections Tip
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As usual they are in Illustrator 10, CS, and CS2:

    • kaiser
    • November 8th, 2007

    hey! man! best tip ever. i now have to look if you got a sollution for a reflection in the font too. defineatly keep your excellent work up. hope you will be the oposite to psdtuts-dot-com 😉

    • Steve
    • November 14th, 2007

    Your great! what more can I say time saving ideas, luv-em

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