Advice 1: How to convert text to curves in Illustrator

When working with text in Adobe Illustrator quite often to translate it in curves Bezier. This can be done with a special command Create outlines.
How to convert text to curves in Illustrator
You will need
  • - Adobe Illustrator.
Instruction
1
Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document: click the menu item File -> New (or click Ctrl+N). In a new window in the field Units, specify Pixels, and in the fields Width and Height to 500 and click OK.
2
Click on the toolbar Type tool (hot key T). If you want to change the size, color, style, font, and other options the Type Tool, use the settings panel of the instrument. If not, click the main menu item Window -> Control.
3
Then you can go two ways. The first is to specify the area, which will be a future text. To do this, hold the left mouse button in any place of the document, create a frame and release the mouse. Second – click the left mouse button in the left margin (to provide enough space for the label) workspace. You will see a blinking cursor like in text editors. Further common steps for both methods – enter with keyboard some text.
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Select the Selection tool (hot key V), then the text layer needs to stand out on their own. If not – click on the label once with the left mouse button. Perhaps the text is too small. However, it is possible to zoom in using the Zoom tool (shortcut Z). Select it and draw the text frame. As you can see the text is approached as if under a magnifying glass. To return to the previous position, open the drop-down menu that is located in the bottom left of the document window and select the bottom option Fit on screen.
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Convert labels to curves Bezier can be done in three ways. First click the menu item Type -> Create outlines. Second – press Ctrl+Shift+O. And the third click, right-click and select Create outlines.

Advice 2: How to make shadows in Illustrator

From the vector graphics editor Adobe Illustrator a lot of opportunities - including the creation of a shadow from the object. But unlike most graphics editors, a dialog for working with the shadow is not so easy to find. Let's do it together.
How to make shadows in Illustrator
Instruction
1
Open Adobe Illustrator file with the object to which you want you need to add the shadow.
2
Select the object with Selection tool (first from the top in the toolbar). Open the Effect menu and choose Stylize - Drop Shadow.
3
You will see a dialog box to configure settings for the shadow. Adobe Illustrator CS5 more than in previous versions. For example, there is an X offset and "Y offset", responsible for the shift of the shadow relative to the object. Try to change the numbers in the boxes next to these parameters, and you will see that the shadow is moving horizontally and vertically. Choose a suitable position for you shadow.
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The parameter Mode allows to set the blending mode of the shadow onto a plane. By default this will be the mode to "Multiply" (Overlay). Recommended it as such and leave, because this ensures that the shadow in most cases will darken the underlying background, as it should be.
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The value of the parameter "Opacity" is responsible for the transparency of the shadows, and the "Blur" over the degree of blurring of the edges. The item "Color" is responsible for the color of the shadow, and the item "Darkness" - for the degree of dimming (but in the case of the shadow can only be black). Experiment with these values, choose those that are suitable for your purposes.
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Don't forget to make sure that was put the box under "Preview," then you will see a preview of all chosen settings. As soon as the appearance of the shadow, you can click OK.
Note
If you want to fix something in an already created effect, don't try this using the same menu. Better select an object using the Selection tool, call up via the menu "Window" in the workspace palette "Appearence", and then select a shadow effect. Click on the name of the effect, and a familiar dialog will appear again. Now you can make any necessary changes to the shadow settings.
Useful advice
If you have an older version of Adobe Illustrator, and with the effect "Drop Shadow" work is not very convenient, you can create a shadow by copying an object and plugging it in black. Put the copy under the original slide to the desired distance to the right and to the left. blend using the effect of "Feather", which is where the effect "Drop Shadow" - in group effects "Stylize".
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