CREATE THIS TEXT EFFECT IN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR! | Learn to break down a typeface and add color and highlights to complete this effect.
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we will take a look at adding rounded corners to a typeface to make some “soft” text and then we’ll build a fake 3D base for the text facade, add a gradient that spans multiple objects, and use the paths to create a retracted stroke that will become a dynamic highlight for the edges of the text.
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- New doc 2560×1440
- Add text, typeface: Dubtronic (Solid) @ 300pt with 225pt leading
- Select text and convert to outlines
- Go Effects>Stylize>Round Corners and round 15px
- Copy and paste this text in front.
- Shut off the copied layer
- Select bottom layer and go Object>Expand Appearance
- Turn on top layer and open Appearance panel and get rid of the Rounded Corners
- Ungroup and delete all letters except the “R”
- Ungroup the group with rounded corners and select both “R”’s and use Pathfinder to Divide them, Ungroup what you get, and get rid of the bits you don’t want
- Select remaining bits and use Pathfinder to Merge them all together
- Group all the text together
- Duplicate and paste in front 2x (three copies of the text altogether)
- Shut off top-most text group
- Select both text groups visible and set fill to #00a5e0
- Select bottom-most text group and nudge down and to the left Shift + 2x nudges
- Go Object>Blend>Blend Options and choose specified steps and set that to 150
- Select both purple text groups and go Object>Blend>Make
- Turn on top-most text layer again
- Set fill to a gradient and create gradient that goes:
- #ff1c53 0%L > #ffe469 42%L > #8ce2ff 100%L
- Use Gradient tool to drag gradient from top to bottom
- Copy the gradient text and dump the fill and apply a 5px white stroke with rounded corners && caps
- With stroke selected, go Object>Path>Offset Path and offset by -9px
- Before deselecting, go Edit>Cut and then select the outer stroke that is left and delete it
- Go Edit>Paste in Front to paste the offset path back in place
- Use a combo of the Direct Selection tool and the Scissors tool (C) to nip and snip to create little highlights all around the top right edges on our letters
- Use Magic Wand tool to select all white stroked paths and Group these x 3
- Set the group’s blend mode to Overlay
- Lock all bottom layers and use the Direct Selection tool to select just the top strokes and reduce opacity to around 65%
- Open the blend that makes the base of the text and select the back-most piece of text and change the fill to #61fcff to complete the fade of color on the base of the text.
- Group and align all text to the artboard