Slicing Text in Illustrator
Slicing text is a simple way of creating a nice graphic effect. Using Illustrator you can easily create a range of text effects, warping, cutting and reshaping to turn a fairly simple font into something a little bit more unusual.
If you want to slice your text, there a several options. Here are a couple:
1. Convert the type to outlines (Cmd + Shift + O).
2. Draw a rectangle (or other shape) over the type. (Use the Spacebar to position it before you release the mouse.)
3. Select both the type and the shape and go to Pathfinder > Intersect. Click the expand button afterwards.
Here’s the original and the quickly modified version:
Now, this could have been done using a shape mask, but it was just to show a technique. Here is another option that has been used a lot, using the knife tool to cut through the text outlines.
The Knife is ‘hidden’ in the Eraser palette so click and hold to reveal it. When using the knife tool, you can either cut straight lines or wavy lines through your shapes.
The trick to cutting in a straight line is to hold the Alt key down first. Click to select your start point and click again for the end point. When you release the mouse key, your shape will be cut into 2 halves, but they are grouped together. Cmd + Shift + G will ungroup them.
Go and click on the main selection key (V) in the tool box.
Click on the top half of the type shape and nudge it slightly to the right. Select the rotate tool (R) and place the anchor point at the bottom-left of the shape. Rotate it up slightly.
That’s the basic technique. You can add effects and textures, or even sub-slices then remove sections to create shatters… It depends what you are trying to achieve.other page