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02 - 2012
Creating iPhone-like inner beveled text

In a few short steps, I’ll show you how to use Cubender to create that beveled text effect popularized by the iPhone and iPad. The appearance of a beveled or chiseled effect is often just a simple drop shadow.

If you take a look at the following screenshot, you’ll see the effect in action. Instead of applying a normal shadow which typically drops directly under the lettering, the shadow is placed around the top edges of the lettering producing an inset feel.

Beveled Text

We’re going to do something similar, but reversed – we’re going to use dark text on a lighter background. Considering the text will be dark, our shadow is then going to be light. The result will look like this:

Beveled Text

To achieve this effect, first start by applying a mid-tone background color to your webpage. Then, add a Text object to your page and give the text a darker tone than the background while ensuring there’s enough contrast that the text remains legible.

In the example, we used a camouflage green tone (#6F7063) for the background and black for the text.

Click the Text object once to select it and open the “Effects” window from the Action Menu as shown here:

Beveled Text

In the iPhone example above, the shadow is placed around the top edges of the font because the shadow itself is dark. In this scenario, our shadow is white so we’re going to place the shadow around the bottom edges to achieve a similar result.

Start by enabling the Shadow effect as shown here:

Beveled Text

Now, apply the following settings:

Beveled Text

By setting the angle to 90 (facing directly down), the opacity to 54% (or adjust to taste), the distance to 1px, the size to 0px and the spread to 1px, we’ve achieved the effect we’re looking for.

Beveled Text


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