Sheen Text Logo – Create a Text Based Logo with a Gradient Sheen Look, Shadows and a Reflection!

Step 5: The next effect works great for many 3D style pieces… we’re going to create a subtle shadow at the base of the text that will really bring out the 3D effect without it being in your face. It’s a simple trick to do, but looks awesome. Start off by selecting the Ellipse Tool and make sure your background color is set to black.

Now draw a super skinny oval shape along the base of the text. Make it a bit wider than the text itself on both sides and make sure you keep it quite thin… if you go too thick with your oval, it’s going to look strange.

Now we’ll apply a Gaussian blur to our shadow. I went with a 3.7 pixel blur in this example, but feel free to play around with different numbers for a varying degree and sharpness of shadow.

Now go to your object docker, and drag the shadow object to the bottom position so that it’s under the text and reflection objects.



And finally, we’ll adjust the opacity on this object as well to tone it down. Right-click on the shadow object and tone it down with the opacity slider:

Our shadow is now complete! Not exactly mind bending, but it looks great! next up we’ll add some background highlights.

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12 thoughts on “Sheen Text Logo – Create a Text Based Logo with a Gradient Sheen Look, Shadows and a Reflection!

  1. Another great tut, you should make a website that contains loads of tutorials together, also make it searchable and with its own forum. Call it….erm…….pixel2life maybe, just an idea. 😉

  2. Dan, you’re probably the only person I [partially] know that produces half-decent Photopaint tutorials. I would have thought you to be a Photoshop person, seeing how established your work (namely P2L) has become on the internet, but you do equally nice work with Photopaint. 😀

    P.S. – Why doesn’t your blog have an RSS feed? 😉

  3. Only half-decent? lol! Yes, I am a Corel guy all the way, but there’s really nothing you can’t do in Photoshop that is done almost the same way in Photopaint and vice versa. Many of the menu items are labelled exactly the same actually… just Corel has a few more powerful tools that Photopaint doesn’t have yet not to mention it’s cheaper, but Adobe is American and has a MUCH bigger budget to dominate the graphics market.

    I’m sure there’s an RSS feed… I’ll talk to Jamie to get a link up for it 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Great site and resource!

    Since I bought Photopaint 11 due to the fact that Corel chose not to develop Picture Publisher (which they bought from Microgrfx) any further I was on the lookout for tutorials.
    You are a Corel guy and Picture publisher is still a fav. of mine, I keep coming back using it.
    Ever worked with it…?

    A German guy Martin Vogler has some awesome tutorials on-line that show the programms potential. To visit
    (You might have to use babblefish though)

    It didn’t take me long to recreate this tut. in this app. too!
    I just feel sorry for this neat program Corel killed, but maybe it was inevitable. Anyway thanks for sharing your insights.

    This site keeps me learning a lot which is encouraging!
    Just discovered it and will be back.

    Best wishes for the coming year!

  5. Hey thanks Jim, I’ll have to check it out. I’ve personally never used or heard of it before. Thanks for he kudos on the site too, it’s very much appreciated and keep me going with new content 🙂


  6. Hey Dan,
    Keep up with the tutorials!! Its 2008, any new ones in mind??? I have corel draw 12, didn’t want to pay for x3! LOL I looking for logos…I have not had a chance to look over all of your tutorials just yet, but headers and logos I need the most. I am totally new to corel paint and draw Rave Trace,etc…and really…its hard to find corel tutorials. Everything out there is photoshop.
    Excellent job on this website!

  7. Hi Dan ,i use corel but i need some tuts about how to make precious stones with corel can you help me with this ? lol i couldn’t fined any,so please can you do it????

  8. The good thing about Dan’s tutorials and this blog is that it supports all kind of browsers, old and new, and any kind of connection. That’s what a designer is all about. Making considerations for everyone.

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