Graphics Programs Reference
Begin by setting up the scene for extruding the text. The text
needs to be duplicated and mirrored, and the environment also
needs a little editing with the Photo Tool:
Move the image out to the pasteboard area of the
drawing window. Select the text, and then with the
Selector Tool, hold CTRL (constrains proportions) and
drag the top center control handle down, clicking the
right mouse button to drop a copy before releasing both
CTRL and then drag the mirrored copy down until
there is about 1-inch clearance between the two objects.
Move the image back onto the page so it covers the top
Choose the Photo Tool. With the image
selected, drag the Sharpness slider
on the Infobar almost completely to
the left, blurring the daylights out of
the image. The reason for doing this
is twofold: You diminish the visual
importance of what will become the
surface of the chrome word so the
audience sees the geometry of the
word first and you also suggest a
slightly rough surface for the word.
In the real world, only your next-door
neighbor's car—you know, the vintage
auto freak—has perfectly reflective
chrome. On his car.
Optionally, decrease the saturation of the image.
With the Selector Tool, hold
CTRL and then click and
drag the top center bounding box handle down, releasing
the mouse button after right-clicking to drop a copy.
Move this photo down to cover the mirrored text
(holding CTRL to constrain the movement). Then choose
the Photo Tool, and decrease the brightness of the
duplicated image by about -30.
Select both the top image and its underlying text, and
then press Q to clip the image to the profile of the word.
Then do the same with the mirrored text and its image.