40 Useful Adobe Illustrator Text Effect Tutorials

December 30, 2012 · 3 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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Adobe Illustrator is an immensely powerful graphic software. It is certainly useful if you want to create beautiful and stylish typography.

How to embellish texts or how to create them from scratch is a purely creative matter that demands skills on the part of the designer. You won’t find an automatic transformation feature in Adobe Illustrator that allows you make typography artworks in a fly. Creating unique and eye-catching typography depends upon the creative talent and skills of the individual when using the graphic tool.

If you want to develop your skills in this area of design, you should find this collection of useful Adobe Illustrator text effect tutorials helpful. These will guide you in a step-by-step method on how to produce the typography designs as shown in the preview images. Check out the tutorials and if you want to share your views, don’t hesitate to write them down in the comment section. Enjoy!

Bling Bling Text Effect in Illutrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will teach you how to create this eye catching bling bling effect in illustrator. You will learn how to create the texture and apply it to any text.

Creating Editable Letterpress Styled Text – MORE INFO

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A popular typography trend in web design and print design is letterpress styled text. This text styling is easy to do in Photoshop, but in Illustrator, it is super simple to create letterpress styled text while keeping the text editable. Utilizing the Appearance panel and Graphic Styles, you can quickly and consistently apply this style to any editable text and other vector objects.

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment – MORE INFO

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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.

Create a Slick Golden Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a slick golden text effect. Although it’s a pretty short tutorial, the sixteen steps cover many techniques and effects that can be used for other projects. The Pen Tool steps may be a bit challenging, but with patience and some basic knowledge you will succeed.

Zee Logo in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show you how to create Zee logo in Illustrator and the splash in Photoshop.

How To Create Detailed Gothic Linework Typography – MORE INFO

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Follow this step by step walkthough of the design process for a gothic typography design. You will be customizing a black letter font with various black and white elements and creating a range of tones with detailed linework to create a cool gothic style design that would be right at home as a logo for a heavy metal band or dark apparel brand.

Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial, you’re going to create a 3D Typography based design. All the elements will revolve around the centerpiece and theme: dreaming. The word will dictate the entire layout and control the space by allowing everything else to emerge from within. The trees will grow out of the letters; the mountains will show themselves behind the word and overshadow the glowing moon.

Create a Stylish Colorful Text Effect in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show you how to make a cool colorful text effect using a vector image. This tutorial will focus on showing you the technique once you know the technique you can explore and experiment it further to suit a type effect or a project that you’re making.

How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment – MORE INFO

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This Illustrator tutorial, will show you how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It’s a relative easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.

Illustrator Tackle Twill – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show you how to simulate a tackle twill look with Illustrator’s Appearance palette.

How to Build Letter Art From Bricks In Illustrator – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will use 3D-rendering, Blends, and an Art Brush for creating the final brick art. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to creating various brick letters. Enhance your vector skills as a digital brick artist in this Illustrator tutorial.

Create a cool water effect – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will learn how to use mesh tool to create water droplets, use the symbol sprayer tool using symbol of water droplets and dispersing them .

How to Create a Neon Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO

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In this Adobe Illustrator Tutorial you will learn how to create a neon text effect using Gradient Mesh, 3D Modeling, Art Brushes and Transparency palette.

Create Colorful, Layered Paper Type in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will teach you how to create a multi-layered effect of custom type. You will also learn a few of the easiest ways of making ribbons and folded paper. You will be using Pathfinder, Illustrator effects and graphic styles extensively – this way you can optimize your work and avoid routine with plenty of repeating elements. Also you will utilize the transparency panel and symbols to add detail, and more importantly, you will learn how to avoid productivity issues when dealing with multiple effects.

How to Create Candy Cane Typography – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will create a superb candy cane type design using Illustrator and Photoshop. Apply this effect to your own text and create cool and unique Christmas cards!

How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Text Effect – MORE INFO

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For all the chocolate lovers out there, here is how to create a delicious chocolate bar text effect in Illustrator. You will use the Blend Tool, effects like Roughen and Chrome, different Blending modes and also the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect to create perfect chocolate squares.

Meltdown Text Effect – MORE INFO

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Create a super cool meltdown text effect for a typeface in this premium illustrator tutorial. Have fun with your imagination and artistic skills. Learn how to create glows and liquid drip effect for text in this tutorial.

Old School Type – Line Gradients – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will teach you how to add a “line gradient” effect to a typography logo.

Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering – MORE INFO

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Tron Legacy Tutorial – MORE INFO

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For this tutorial you used Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Cinema 4D. Pretty much all the light effects and composition are done in Photoshop, the other apps were used just to create some shapes and elements, so if you want to do just the Photoshop part, in the of the tutorial there is a ZIP file with all the resource files used for this image.

How to Make a Wooden Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO

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In the following tutorial you can learn how to create “wooden text”. Using the 3D Extrude and Bevel Tool combined with some clever gradients and layer effects you can make this great effect that’s perfect for text and symbols alike.

Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a simple retro type treatment. Even though its simple, it uses some powerful Illustrator features. This means the Appearance panel! Along with the Appearance panel, you will be using some texture effects, Warp effects, and some simple layering.

How to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator. You will learn some simple techniques to enhance your types giving them gloss and shine.

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type – MORE INFO

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This  Illustrator tutorial,will teach you how to create a Green type treatment. It works great for logos and other design elements.

Grungy 3D Text In Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will teach you how to use the 3D tools in Illustrator along with some simple but clever shadow techniques to create some awesome looking grungy 3D text.

Create a Mummy Text Effect – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create this treatment with some gradients and, of course, heavy use of the Appearance panel.

How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 1 and Part 2

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In this two part tutorial, you are going to look at how to create a brief typographic message from scratch. In part one we’ll go over the basics of constructing the letterforms. In the second part of this tutorial series, we’re going to bring this treatment to life with some color. Stick around to learn about casting shadows and highlights through abstract color shapes.

Add Decorative Glamour to Your Ordinary Script Font – MORE INFO

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Sometimes you need to go a little bit wild with your typography. In these cases, you can either take the easy way and choose a fancy font from some of the free font site like Dafont or Urban Fonts, or get creative and give some extra sparkle to your ordinary font, creating a typographic design which can stand by itself. This tutorial, discusses this later option.

Create Glassy, 3D Typography in Photoshop and Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to create elegant, glassy, 3D typography using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This blueprint technique has been seen just about everywhere—even on the cover of The Photoshop Help Desk Book by Dave Cross. This is a quick demo using a blend of live effects, filters, and even a little gradient mesh to create a seemingly complex logo treatment.

Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will walk you through creating your own calligram inspired by a dog named Poppy. You’ll learn how to manipulate a typeface through to rendering fur, adding doggy features, and various details.

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will show you how to create a grimy text treatment utilizing Illustrator’s Blog brush, Live Paint, and a pen tablet. You can easily apply these techniques to other illustrates, type treatments and logos.

Illustrator type technique using shapes – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will teach you how to make a beautiful typography out of shapes.

Tutorial : Grunge effect how to give it to your text – MORE INFO

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Here is a simple tutorial which will show you how to give grunge effect to your text in illustrator , the beauty of using the technique is that you get a text that can be scaled to any size without loosing its clearity . Also you will always have crisp clear edges.

Tug and Twirl Text in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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There are thousands of wonderful typefaces, but sometimes nothing is just right. You don’t have to settle for someone else’s vision — instead, modify letters in Adobe Illustrator to create exactly what you want.  Here, you are going to learn how to modify a text to by adding  tug and twirl on the letters.

Make a Playful Yet Robust 3D Letter Design – MORE INFO

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This tutorial is perfect for the advanced beginner who wants to take her skills to the next level. You will explore how to create 3D text and use depth-of-field to enhance a design.

How to Make a Cartoon Style Cereal Box Logo – MORE INFO

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to make cereal box logo with a look and feel of cartoons.

Create a Smokin’ Western Type Treatment in Illustrator – MORE INFO

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This easy tutorial will show you how to create a western type treatment primary using Illustrator’s Effects. Using the effects from this tutorial, you can easily apply them to other type treatment and logos.

Create Vintage Typography with Illustrator and Photoshop – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will demonstrate how to customize a typeface in Illustrator and then use Photoshop to create a stunning vintage detailed typographic design.

Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering – MORE INFO

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This tutorial will cover the process of creating some illustrative shiny balloon lettering. You will also learn how to create rounded, semi-transparent, bubble letters that will make up the basis of the balloon lettering.

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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Ivan January 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Thanks- Quite helpful!

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Internet Buff December 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Still learning Illustrator. Thanks for the help Sonny (especially with the 3D stuff).

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HowToSolutionsNET December 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Great article.

I suck at design so I need every help there is:)

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