How to Create a Folded Paper Texture in Adobe Illustrator

Text in Illustrator can be given different effects so as to reach a desired output. The letters entered can be divided and given a folded paper texture in Adobe Illustrator.
To learn how to create such texture in Illustrator, follow the steps below.


Step # 1 – Enter text

Begin creating the folded paper texture on your text by entering text in font type and size as per your liking. It is better to have text with a greater font size. Place the text at the center.

Add text

Step # 2 – Make the background

Make a rectangle the same size as your canvas, enter a bill in it, send it at the back as your background and lock it from the “Object” menu.

Create the background

Step # 3 – Adjust the text

While selecting the text, “Expand” it from the “Object” menu and add a white fill into it.

Alter the text

Step # 4 – Rename the layers

In the layers panel, rename the one you are working on to “Letters”. Add a new layer from the bottom and name it as “Folded shapes” by double clicking on it.

Edit the layer names

Step # 5 – Sketch out the divisions

Draw lines on the text by means of the pen tool where you wish to give a folding effect. Select all of it and press the “Divide” option from the “Pathfinder” panel.

Draw the divisions

Step # 6 – Shift into a different layer

Now, ungroup the text from the “Object” menu, click on the “Folded shapes” layer.
Select the portions you will fold and send them to this new layer by right-clicking, going to “Arrange” and sending it to the layer you are currently on.

Move into a different layer

Step # 7 – Adjust the divided portions

Reflect the separated portions by means of the “Reflect” tool or rotate them from the “Selection” tool.
Change the colors of these folded portions to a light gray so that they are easily visible.

Alter the divided portions

Step # 8 – Apply the Warp effect

Go to the “Effect” menu, select “Warp” in the drop down menu and apply the “Arch” effect to each portion. Specify the vertical or horizontal option and the angle according to each shape.

Add the Warp effect

Step # 9 – Add radial gradients

Next add a radial gradient to folded shapes of the letters “A” and “B”. This gives it a more 3-dimensional effect.

Enter radial gradients

Step # 10 – Add linear gradients

Add a linear one the other three letters. Adjust the linear gradients so that they are darker at the turning.

Enter linear gradients

Step # 11 – Apply the “Drop Shadow” effect

Duplicate the “Folded Shapes” layer and add the “Drop Shadow” effect with the settings as shown.

Add the “Drop Shadow” effect

Step # 12 – Add a “Shadows” layer

Add a new layer, name it “Shadows” and copy the text on it. Fill this with black and reduce its opacity to “11″.
To send this behind the text, first bring the Shadows layer beneath all. It now goes behind the background as well.

Enter a “Shadows” layer

Step # 13 – Add a “Background” layer

Unlock the background, shift it onto a new layer and place it behind all other layers to complete the texture in Illustrator.

Enter a “Background” layer