tutorial is written for version 8, but can be done in
version 7 and 9 - but some things may be on different
menus and have slightly different options
available. This tutorial is not written for
complete beginners - it is assumed that you know how to
select materials and create text etc.
Width = 4
Width = 2
use this technique you either need a very chunky font or
large text. The bigger and chunkier your text is
the wider your foil border can be.
a new image 150 x 450 pixels, transparent
background. (the width depends on how long your
name is, but you can crop later if it is too wide)
a new Vector Layer
on the text tool
up your Colour/Materials Pallet as follows:
your foreground and background colours to a very light
and a dark shade of the colour you want your text filled
your background to gradient and then select your
Foreground-Background gradient option - Style Linear,
Repeats 7, Angle 45.
your foreground to gradient and select "Metal
Steel" as the gradient option. If you
don't have that particular metallic gradient, you can
use any silvery, gray gradient. Set the Style to
Linear, the Angle to 45 and the repeats to 2.
on your image with the text tool.
in your text and then highlight it.
your stroke width to 2, size to 72, and select a
font. You will be able to see a preview of your
text on your image. (Version 7, make sure
"Create as Vector" is ticked.
Apply - then stretch your text if necessary, to fill
most of the image.
on your text, then highlight it in the text entry
box. Increase the stroke width if necessary
- what works best depends on the font you are
using. Make sure enough of the fill colour is
showing for a shadow to show up on it, but don't reduce
the stroke width to less than 2. If not much of
the fill is showing, try a different font.
you are happy with your text click Apply
menu, duplicate layer
the layer pallet, click the + next to the "Copy of
Vector 1" layer, and on the line that is revealed, click on your
on the text on the image, highlight the text in the text
entry box and then set the background colour/material to
null (the no-entry sign)
menu, Convert To Raster
3D Effects, Drop Shadow :
= 1, Vertical = 1, Opacity = 60, Blur = 1, colour =
the Layer Pallet, click on the Vector 1 layer
menu, Convert To Raster
Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise :
you want to, you can add further effects to this layer
(the text fill). In the example above I have used
the Blinds Texture, Width = 4, Opacity = 40, Color
you've finished applying affects to the fill text layer,
merge your layers. This is best on a white
background or on top of a background image/tube.
It doesn't work well saved as a transparent .gif because
of the drop shadow.
don't have to use a silver foil for the
stroke/foreground material - you could use almost any
color gradient with light and dark shades of the same
can also use this technique on top of a background