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Post Mon May 12, 2008 12:58 pm

which design do you think has the correct shadow effect?

OK I have a boat name to do with a shadow, the name is in an arch (not my scene).

I have produced a shadow in signlab (using shadow tool) but because the text is on an arc, the shadow is produced as if the sun is shining from the top right, so the amount of shadow under the text varies. That is OK in reality but to the eye seems wrong. I produced a shadow as normal then used Transform tool to bend the text in an arc, this keeps the same amount of shadow but distorts the text. So I resorted to producing the shadow as normal, then arching the text then placing the shadow original shadow onto each letter.

You can see the results attached, which is the correct way, which looks best etc etc.

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Post Mon May 12, 2008 1:06 pm

I don't know which is correct Dave, but I like the bottom one the best.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 1:15 pm

I think John is right, there is no right or wrong, its whatever looks the most appealing. I like the middle one :D
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 1:17 pm

Middle one for my eye, the NA looks skewed in the bottom one.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 1:37 pm

middle one looks good to me :D

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Post Mon May 12, 2008 1:51 pm

I prefer the top.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 1:59 pm

Hi Dave,

I'm inclined to prefer the middle one.

I think it's because it appears (to me) to be more a 3-D effect rather than an actual shadow.

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Post Mon May 12, 2008 2:19 pm

i would do middle one

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Post Mon May 12, 2008 3:43 pm

Middle one for me too. To do this in Signlab I put the shadow onto straight text and then use 'fit to circle' and adjust start and end points and then inside centre point to alter distortion. EasySign users have a fit object to arc tool which does the same thing but slightly more straight forward to use.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 4:08 pm

Middle one for me, but I always prefer a drop shadow down and right
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 4:17 pm

Thanks for all your input guys, yep middle one for me too.
Alan I will try that way and see how it looks too.

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Post Mon May 12, 2008 4:23 pm

I used to find this a useful bit of software for this sort of thing.

http://www.typestyler.com

Haven't used it for a long time though because we're waiting for a Max OSX version.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 5:21 pm

All those effects are easily and quickly created in photoshop.
I use them a lot.
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 5:42 pm

Steve Underhill wrote:All those effects are easily and quickly created in photoshop.

As vectors?
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Post Mon May 12, 2008 9:13 pm

I would say middle looks right
all the verticals follow (or appear to) the same radius.
You need to rotate it a bit so the base line is the same for the start and end letter

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Post Tue May 13, 2008 12:15 am

Peter wrote;You need to rotate it a bit so the base line is the same for the start and end letter What do you mean by that peter?

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Post Tue May 13, 2008 1:07 am

FWIW, I like the top one best. I think it stands out better and looks more nautical :D
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Post Tue May 13, 2008 4:12 am

Definitely the top one.
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Post Tue May 13, 2008 9:23 am

its probably a trick on the eye but the top text looks a tad bolder. :-?

anyway... i think i prefer the shadow on the the second because it is consistent and to joe bloggs they will be looking at it in this way as opposed to whats actually correct.
based on whats correct, would be the top one because the light is directed from the top right onto arc'd text. so the shadow on the lower right of the letters would be more shaded than the lower of the letters on the left as they are more exposed to the lights direction, but the left of these same letters are now less exposed than the lower right so the shadow increases in depth.
. if that makes sense?

i'm not keen on the bottom text at all... text looks all skew'd into the arc...
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Post Tue May 13, 2008 9:26 am

top one for me :)

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