I’m working on a logo in Illustrator where the pieces have black outer glows to give depth to a paper-fold style logo theme.
The shadows on the outside of the logo text are just a result of the effect needed to achieve what I want on the inside of the logo text.
I want to contain the outer glows so that they only appear within the bounds of the letters, not showing up against the background.
How can I do this?
For a fast, rough example of my goal, I took this into photoshop and pajnted over the shadows I want to hide:
In photoshop, I could just mask the edges of this properly, but I need it done in Illustrator, in vector.
You will want to use an outer glow, in order to retain the shadow effect. The best way I think to achieve this is to mask your shapes, so their effects don’t extend beyond the total shape. Proceed as follows:
- Copy all shapes and paste in front (Edit > Paste in Front or Ctrl / Cmd +Alt+Shift+V);
- With just the new shapes selected, unite them with the
Pathfinderpalette (the first icon);
- With the resulting shapes still selected, choose Object > Compound Path > Make;
- In the
Appearancepalette, click the ‘stop board’ icon to remove the path’s appearance (and mainly, the copy of the glow effect);
- Add your original art to your selection;
- Make a
Clipping Maskby choosing Object > Clipping Mask > Make (or right-click > Make Clipping Mask).
You can edit the clipping mask as well as its contents separately by entering