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Creating a grainy texture vector is great for retro illustrations, typography, and logos. Alternatively, you can incorporate these effects into compelling new styles. You can always scan in similar textures and Live Trace them in Illustrator, but you can pretty easily create this type of effect all inside Illustrator!
In this Chalkboard Text Vector tutorial I’ll show you how to create a chalkboard vector effect with some gradients, a bristle brush, and some freebies from Vector Mill! This chalkboard text vector effect tutorial is relatively simple and can be applied to many other Illustrator projects. Use this effect for logo creation, back to school backgrounds, or even menu and invitation designs. Final Image: Chalkboard Text Vector Effect Below is the final chalkboard text vector we will be shooting for. Tutorial Details: Chalkboard Text Vector Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate Topics Covered: Grain Effect, Bristle Brush, Brushes Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Required Files: Vector-Mill-Sample.ai (compatibility CS4-CS5) Step 1: Chalkboard Text Vector Effect To start out this chalkboard text vector tutorial, create a new document and create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool (M). This will be our chalkboard vector background. Step 2 Fill the new rectangle with a radial gradient, change the first color stop in …
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20 Minute Tut! Create Your Own Customized Chalkboard Text Vector
What You’ll Be Creating Adobe InDesign is not always considered as versatile for formatting images and shapes as some of its sister applications, like Photoshop and Illustrator. This is a huge preconception. It’s true that advanced effects should only be tackled in a specialist image-editing program, but there are still loads of fantastic things you can do to enhance graphic elements directly in InDesign.
What You’ll Be Creating In this Quick Tip screencast, you’ll learn how to create a circus-style text effect that you can apply to live type. Using only the Appearance panel, you’ll see how to add strokes, fills and effects to the text to create the different components of a lighted sign. Once all the elements are in place, you can save the overall effect as a Graphic Style to use with any live text. The Appearance panel is one of Illustrator’s most powerful and versatile features. Here are a few more tuts and tips that use the Appearance panel with type: Quick Tip: Create a 3D Retro Text Effect With the Appearance Panel How to Create a Varsity Lettering Effect in Adobe Illustrator Quick Tip: Create a Shiny Text Effect With the Appearance Panel
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Create a Carnival Text Effect Using Adobe Illustrator’s Appearance Panel
I’m sure a bunch of you have seen this gradient text vector technique before in other blogs or are already aware of how to add gradients to text, but it is worth mentioning for those that don’t know this technique. Moreover, I found that adding an extra step to this known technique, enables you add transparent gradients to text in Illustrator CS4 while still keeping the text editable! The Problem: Gradient Text Vector In Illustrator, you can’t apply a gradient to text the way you normally add gradients to other objects. You can Outline the text and then add a gradient, but then you can’t edit the text later. No need to worry, there is an easy way to add gradients to text and keep them editable. Step 1: Gradient Text Vector Create some text with the Type tool, with the font of your choosing. I am using my favorite font of the moment, Klavika Bold Condensed. Step 2 Next for this super simple gradient text vector tutorial, set the fill and stroke of your text to none. If you don’t this, after you have applied the gradient to the text in the following steps, you will sometimes see the original text color peeking out on the text edges. Moreover, setting the fill and stroke to none, will make transparent gradients in Illustrator CS4 look correct. If you don’t set the fill to none initially, the color of the original text will show through your …
Super Simple Gradient Text Vector!
Raised text is about as classic as it gets. Creating your own raised text in Illustrator, you can instantly create a super elegant or modern typeface or logo. Using the Appearance panel, some gradients, and transforms, you can create a polished lifted type treatment. Using the Appearance panel makes it super easy to apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements. Final Image: Raised Text In Illustrator Below is the final raised text in Illustrator treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Details: Raised Text In Illustrator Program : Adobe Illustrator CS5 Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Appearance Panel Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Step 1 To create this raised text in illustrator, open a new…
Rise Up & Create Your Own Raised Text in Illustrator!
As these chunky button vectors get more popular I find clients requesting them more and more. If you are getting the same requests or just want to learn how to create them, you’ll be happy to know it is pretty easy. With heavy use of the Appearance panel, this tut is similar to others I have written. Like in the previous tutorials, it is easy to make a graphic style and apply the effects to other elements! Tutorial Details: Chunky Button Vectors Program : Adobe Illustrator CS5 (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4 but some of the tutorial images might look different.) Difficulty: Beginner /Intermediate Topics Covered: Appearance Panel, Gradients Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 Final Image: Chunky Button Vectors Below is the final chunky button vector we will be working towards. Step 1 First …
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Chunky Button Vectors in 20 Minutes
In this Holiday Ornament Vector and Sketchy Festive Pattern tutorial we will learn how to create an original seamless holiday pattern using the Draw Inside mode and Pattern Maker feature. In the process of creating a holiday ornament vector we will be using gradient fills and Opacity Mask. Finally, to create light accents we will be applying the Color Dodge blending mode. Have some festive fun learning with our new Adobe Illustrator tutorial…
Follow along as we create a simple photos icon in Illustrator. We`ll practice basic masking and transform effects, as well as learn how to use multiple fills, strokes, and effects in the Appearance pa…
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In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple retro text vector sign treatment. Even though its simple, it uses some powerful Illustrator features. If you’ve wanted a truly customizable retro text vector tutorial that you can bust out in a quick afternoon, this is the one for you. Final Image: Retro Text Vector Below is the final retro text vector treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Details: Retro Text Vector Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 (You should be able to create this tutorial in CS4 and CS3 but some of the tutorial images might look different.) Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate Topics Covered: Appearance Panel, Effects Estimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Step 1: Retro Text Vector Create a new document and type out some text with the Text tool (T). I used Clarendon Bold at 48 pt. Take off any stroke and fill on the text. Step 2 With the text still selected, choose Add New Fill from the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel. Fill the new fill with a reddish orange color. In the Appearance panel, press the drop-down arrow for the new fill to reveal its attributes. Press the Opacity link and change the Blending Mode to Multiply. Step 3 Create another new fill in the Appearance panel, select …
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Retro Text Vector Sign in Under 30 Mins!