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15 seconds is all you need for these Simple text effects in Inkscape:
1) 3D effect
2) perpective shadow
3) reflection on floor
4) glow
5) drop shadow

This isn't a tutorial, its just what I did to get these basic text effects.

3D effect:
inkscape 3d effect image
a) Using text tool write your name. Its better if you choose a bold font. Select a dark color for the fill and no stroke.
b) Now duplicate this text(Ctrl-D). For this set no fill for the fill and a dark color for the stroke. Send this text object to bottom (keeping the layer selected, press pagedown)
c) Now give a slight shift to this object and you have your 3D effect. Try shifting in different directions to see the 3D effect in different directioins.

perpective shadow:

inkscape perspective shadow effect image
a) Using text tool write your name.
b) Now duplicate this text(Ctrl-D). Fill this object with grey color.
c) Now double click the object twice (so that the rotate/skew handles are active). Using the non-corner handles skew it horizontally.
d) Send this object to bottom(pagedown) and position it so that the lower corners of both the text objects are at same point.


inkscape reflection effect image
a) Using text tool write your name.
b) Now duplicate this text(Ctrl-D). Drag this object using the top-center handle to make the reflection.
c) Fill this object with a gradient which has a dark to light transition. Change the direction of the gradient so that the darker color is towards the base of the text object.

inkscape glow effect image a) Using text tool write your name. Its better if you choose a bold font. Select no color for the fill and black for stroke color.
b) Now duplicate this text(Ctrl-D). Apply some blur in the Fill & stroke dialog box.

drop shadow:
inkscape drop shadow effect image a) Using text tool write your name. Select a dark color for the fill and no stroke.
b) Now duplicate this text(Ctrl-D). Apply some blur in the Fill & stroke dialog box. give it a little shift.

All these effects are available in this SVG file.

Comments & suggestions for improvement are welcome..


  1. Janice said...
    Would you be able to help me create a "shadow" with no perspective on text that is "welded together" . I am trying to use a craft cutter and want to mount my text on some background colors that are about 1/4 inch bigger than the word. I can email you a picture of one if you have a way to email you.
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