These can be implemented in two ways - using layers and using kerning. However, this could not be done in all programs but most graphic programs support at least one of the two methods.
Layers is supported by most graphics programs and this is the simplest way to do this. This is a cinch in Photoshop.
For example, you wanted to make 2014 in red with blue shadows and here's how to do it:
- Set the text color for your shadow and type the numbers using the number keys. In our example, set the color to blue then type 2 0 1 4.
- Create a new layer on top of that first layer. Set the text color and type the same number but use the number in the Shift-number position. In our example, set text color to red, then press the Shift key and type 2 0 1 4 (or @ ) ! $ keys)
- If numbers in the two layers are not properly aligned, center align the two layers horizontally and vertically.
Kerning is the information stored in the font that programs use to adjust the distance between two specific characters. However, not all programs support kerning. For programs that support kerning, it is implemented automatically.
- Set the text color for the shadow, type the number you want, set the text color for the foreground, press the Shift key and press the same number key. If there is a need to do more numbers, just repeat the process. For example, in our 2014 example, set text color to blue, type 2, set color to red, press the Shift key and type 2. Repeat for process for 0, 1 and 4.
- Another way to approach this is to insert a space between the number and shift-number pairs. Set the appropriate colors and then delete the space characters. If your program uses the font's kerning data, the two characters will automatically align.