Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator


Text Reflection Effect can also be termed as Mirror Effect. You might have thought it as a hard task to perform but believe me it’s easy to create this effect in Adobe Illustrator. The trick is the correct use of Gradient Tool.

Step 1


Launch your Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now select the Type Tool from the Tool Panel or Hit the shortcut key T. Click on the artboard to activate the text box. Once the text box is activated type your text. Choose a bold font style for your text.

For Text Reflection Effect let use the text Reflection.

Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2


Select the text and press Ctrl + C to copy the text and then press Ctrl + F to paste the text in front. Now select the text which has been pasted in the front and then click on Flip along Vertical Axis. You can find this option in Properties Panel in Transform Panel.

Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Select the flipped text to fill it with the Gradient. You can’t fill the text with Gradient by simply just selecting the Gradient Fill. It will make no change in the text. To fill the text with gradient fill select the text and select No Fill. Select the Appearance Panel and add a New Fill in the panel. Select that New Fill and fill it with the Gradient Fill.

Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4


Now double click on the Gradient Tool in the Tool Panel. The Gradient box will appear. In that change the angle of the gradient to 90o.

Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

The Reflection Effect has been created. If you want you can change the color of the text. Choose any color of your choice and try this effect.


Text Reflection Effect in Adobe Illustrator

This effect is not restricted to text. You can also apply this effect to shapes, objects or your artwork.


Try this effect and share this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with others. Also write your views in the comment section.

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