Adobe Illustrator CS2 Adding Text - 2

Adobe Illustrator CS2 Adding Text - 2
    Direct Selection Tool
  1. Add a drop shadow. Our text will stand out better on top of the gradient background if we add a drop shadow to the text. While the text is still selected, click on the Direct Selection Tool icon in the Toolbox. You will notice a small blue line appears under the text. From the Menu Bar, click Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow to open the Drop Shadow dialog box. Click the Preview checkbox to activate the preview. Now experiment with the settings in the dialog box to find the best look for your text and click OK. Notice that the selection box indicates the drop shadow expands outside the measurements of the banner. But the Blur was only set to 2 pixels so we can easily fix that by repositioning the text.

  2. Reposition the text. While the text is still selected and using the Direct Selection Tool again, click on the text and drag the selection box into the perfect position on the banner. You can also use the direction arrows on your keyboard. Click on the Scratch Area to deselect the text.

  3. Save your changes. From the Menu Bar, click File > Save to save your changes to your web banner image.

In the next tutorial, we will optimize your banner for the web.

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