In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a folded text effect in Illustrator. We are going to lay out our text and then use a warp effect to make it appear as though it is folded in half. We will then learn how to use a gradient to add shading to the effect.
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Step 1: Start by typing out your message. The font used in this example is called Antonio and can be found on font squirrel. Click Here to download.
Step 2: Expand your type (Type > Create Outlines). Select your word and drag a guideline to the middle of the text where you want the fold to occur. Do this to each word (if you have multiple words).
Step 3: Make a copy of your text layer. Lock the original layer and on the new layer, use the pen tool to draw a single horizontal line using the guides.
Step 4: Select the line you just made and the text at the same time and through the Pathfinder, click on “Divide”. Repeat this for all words.
Step 5: Ungroup your letters (Ctrl + Shift + G) and delete the bottom portions of all the letters. I have changed the color to a light gray so you can see the changes.
Step 6: Select all of the top letters and go to Effect > Warp > Rise. Click on “Vertical” and change the percent to around 35-40%. Hit OK. We will adjust the letters as needed through the Appearance panel.
Step 7: Select each letter and line them up so that the bottom of the folded part lines up with the original letters.
Step 8: Go through the letters and adjust the amount of the rise so that all of the folded portions line up. You can see in our example, the “L” needs a little bit of an adjustment. Select the ones you need to adjust and through the Appearance Panel (Shift + F6) you can see the “Warp : Rise”. Clicking on this will open the Warp settings so you can adjust it.
Step 9: Adjust the slider as needed. Make sure “Preview” is on so you can see the changes.
Step 10: You may also need to move the letters around. This will all depend on your letters and font.
Step 11: Once you are happy with the folds, it is time to color them. To start, I create a blue background #6ECDE2. Then I applied a gradient to the full, non-folded letters. The cream color is #E0E4CC and the orange is #F2852F.
Step 12: With the gradient text still select, we are going to adjust the gradient so that it has the appearance of shading. Make sure you have the gradient panel up (Ctrl + F9). Click in the middle of the line to add a node to the gradient.
Step 13: This will generate an extra slider (the diamond shaped node at the top). Select that and drag it as far to the right as you can.
Step 14: To help make sure I am moving the gradient enough, I changed the folded portion of the letters to the same cream color # E0E4CC. On the original gradient letters, I created a new color node and made it a little darker than the main orange color (#BE5F1E). Move the sliders so that the transitions line up with your fold. This step will vary depending on your letters, so play around with the sliders until it lines up like in the picture.
Step 15: Select the folded portion of your letters. You can use the eyedropper to apply the same gradient, then delete the orange nodes from the gradient. To delete the nodes, just select the node and drag it off the gradient slider.
Step 16: Adjust the slider so that the slightly orange color is just at the bottom of the fold.
Step 17: Apply the same gradient to any other folded letters you have. I also used one of Transfuchsian’s light grunge graphic styles to add some texture. I set the color to # D1D3BC and set the Transparency to Multiply.
Congratulations you are done.