I am new to Illustrator and am still trying to wrap my mind around the concept of vector shapes.
In Photoshop, I used to make a glare very easily. I would write text and then I would put a rectangular marquee shape over the text. I would then fill it with a gradient of white to transparency and turn the opacity down until it created the effect on the text. I would then take the magic wand and basically delete the entire marquee shape except for the part where it overlapped with the text thus just having the glare on the text and not on the background.
I'm trying to do the same for Illustrator. I've created a logo and then put a rectangular shape over top of the logo and filled it with a gradient and changed the opacity. I can't for the life of me figure out how to delete the negative space of the rectangular shape now so it just overlays on the logo and not all around the logo. Does my description make sense? And if so, does anybody have a solution? Thanks.
I like live type. I try and keep text live as much as possible. This effect can be done while keeping text live and editable. You don't need the rectangle. You can accomplish this easily with an extra fill and the Appearance panel. Especially with Illustrator CS4+ and the ability to add transparency to gradient stops.