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Creating Editable Letterpress Styled Text in Illustrator

Creating Editable Letterpress Styled Text in Illustrator
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. Final Image: Letterpress Styled Text Below is the final letterpress styled text treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Details: Letterpress Styled Text Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4Difficulty: BeginnerEstimated Completion Time: 5-10 minutes Step 1: Letterpress Styled Text Create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool (M) and fill it with a color of your choosing. Step 2 Type out some text with the Text tool (T) and chose a font. Step 3 From the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel, choose New Fill. Step 4 With the new fill selected in the Appearance panel, go Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Related:  TECHNIQUES

Illustrator Tutorial: Giving Your Flat Text Some Depth | GrandmasterB dot com It’s been quite awhile since I have put together a tutorial using Adobe Illustrator. I’ve been working with Illustrator a lot more recently and decided to share an easy tutorial that will give your text some depth and make it pop off the page/screen a little more. I’ve used a few of these techniques before in my tutorial “ Feature Post Logo ” that I wrote last Spring. In that tutorial the finishing touches showed how to use the pen tool to add some shading to the text. This tutorial shows you another technique to achieve a shadow on your text. STEP ONE – Open Illustrator, Create a New Document and Set your Text I started out by creating a new document. After you have setup your new document, grab your text tool and set your type. I set the font size to 100 point, so that I could shrink it down later on for use on the web. STEP TWO – Create Outlines This step is very easy, and there are two ways to go about accomplishing the task. STEP THREE – Give the Text a Bit of Tilt (Optional)

Create a Retro Triangular Pattern Design in Illustrator Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create the popular retro style pattern design made up of lots of colourful squares and triangles. The process is pretty simple, making this a good tutorial for newcomers to Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be using tools to accurately align our elements, then see how the Pathfinder can easily create custom shapes. The pattern we’ll be creating is this cool retro inspired somewhat mosaic like design. The mix of squares and triangles along with the limited colour palette attracts the eye with cool illusions. View the final retro pattern design Open up Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Repeatedly press CMD+D to repeat the last transformation until the width of the artboard is filled with evenly spaced lines. Repeat the process, but this time with a horizontal line. Next, draw a diagonal line at 45 degrees across the artboard. Hit Enter to bring up the Move options and enter 20mm in both the Horizontal and Vertical fields.

Create A Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment In Illustrator If you found the previous Letterpress, Sketchy, and Metal type treatment tutorials useful, then you are going to like this Stitched Label Type tutorial. Like the previous tutorials, this one relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements. Final Image Below is the final type treatment we will be working towards. Tutorial Detail Program: Adobe Illustrator CS4Difficulty: IntermediateTopics Covered: Appearance panel, Effects, gradientsEstimated Completion Time: 15-20 minutes Step 1 Create a new document and without the Type tool (T) and type out some text. Step 2 Before we start adding new fills and strokes from the Appearance panel, it is good to start with a clean slate. Step 3 From the pop-up menu of the Appearance panel, select New Fill. Step 4 Again, create another New Fill From the Appearance panel. Step 5 Select the red fill in the Appearance panel then go Effect > Convert To Shape > Rounded Rectangle. Step 6

12 Apps for Successful Graphic Design Client Meetings - MoneyWiseWomen Working as a graphic designer, especially if you work for yourself, means you have the opportunity to be creative but also need the skills to run your business effectively. Here are 12 iphone, ipad and web apps that can help you manage client meetings and grow your clientele with skill and professionalism. 1. Penultimate This iPad app allows you to take extensive notes at client meetings and even show off preliminary sketches at a moment’s notice. 2. Moodboard Pro a design tool that offers you the opportunity to gather inspirations for projects in one convenient place. 3. Clients expect to be able to offer constant feedback. 4. The quest to find just the right color palette for a project can really hinder progress. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 11. 12.

How to Add Decorative Glamour to Your Ordinary Script Font 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. Beware of the following boolean operations galore! Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. Below is the final image we will be working towards, as well as a few color variations. For this tutorial, I used CorelDRAW but the techniques discussed apply for most vector editing software. Find the relationships in your copy and organize the text accordingly. To modify the font we will need curves. Shift-select the inner (I've altered their color to orange) and the outer parts of a character and press trim on the Property Bar. We are almost there.

Design a three-colour Risograph print Risograph is a similar process to screenprinting, where one colour is printed at a time and a limited colour palette is used. There are hundreds of different ways to prepare your artwork for Risograph printing, but I’ve found an efficient method that suits my way of working and illustration style, which we’ll walk through here. In this tutorial we’ll prepare a three-colour print – when overprinted these can create a fourth colour – that’s ready to be brought to life using a Risograph printer. Once mastered, you can experiment with this technique and adapt it to your creative process to create unique prints of your own. 01 First of all research and then sketch out your illustration. 02 Launch Photoshop and open your new file (File>Open). 03 Once you’re happy with how well you’ve cleaned up the scan, open the file in Illustrator and select the Pen tool. 04 Zoom into the image and start drawing in the lines. 06 Delete the background sketch and group the new vector drawing.

Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different script lettering styles. We will start with a nice simple basic script, touch on a more athletic inspired lettering style and work our way to a classic, fancy script. Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in January of 2011. Introduction Script lettering can take on many forms, from athletic logos, to tattoos, all the way to wedding invitations - and many places in between - but they all are rooted in handwriting. Simply Drawn Script First, we'll start with simply re-creating the words 'to' and 'from' directly off of the sketch/reference. Step 1a Break out the drawing utensils and write. Step 1b Here is the super quick sketch/mock-up to use as reference for creating the script lettering. Step 2a First up is the simple/basic script, based pretty closely off of the sketch. Step 2b

Free Contract Templates & Legal Resources for Freelancers - UltraLinx Freelance design can be stressful. The time spent doing legal work and networking can get annoying when all you really want to do is design! I know that feeling. Dealing with a contract, countless emails and phone calls, and so much time in-between certain projects is a drag. Having your legal stuff in check can make for a faster and safer experience, so you can get to what you love, the design work. Free Contract Templates Contracts were always a challenge for me, until I came across some free templates. Contract Killer The Contract Killer is an amazing free template and guide to your first freelance contract. Web Design Contract This sample contract is incredible for getting an idea of what to put in your contract. Contracts and Other Legal Templates SessionsCollege offers a whole list of awesome contract templates, invoice templates, and other resources for freelancing! Sending the Contract Writing the contract is half the battle, sending it and getting it signed is another story.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Envelope Distort People have been crying out for more tutorials from us. The truth is we have been so busy working for our clients that finding time for members of the team to write tutorials is tough. However this time we’ve made the effort and hope our budding designers like this one… Intro Ever wanted to wrap some text inside a shape? The way you do it is with Illustrators handy “Envelope Distort” which can produce some very creative and exciting shapes to make your designs that extra bit special! Step 1 / Shape up Create the shape you want to eventually fill with text. Step 2 / Set the type Next – create the text you wish to fill the shape. Step 3 / Outline Now “Outline” your text by selecting it (using the “Selection tool” – Hot key V) and then go to Type > Create Outlines (or hot keys Shift + Command + O). Step 4 / Reorder & Shape Make Sure your text is ‘behind’ the shape you want it to fill – Select the object and go to Object > Arrange > Send to back (Hot keys Shift + Command [ ). Step 5 / Enveloping

Wait, We Still Like Paper!: How to Screen Print on an Inkjet When designer Briana Bolger-Schuth took a break from advertising work, she wanted to make art. She had no art studio, but she did have access to a new Epson inkjet. Working on a project one night, she had a revelation: “I suddenly thought, ‘Hey, I wonder what would happen if I set these up as separations and ran the paper through each time for different colors?'” The results are pretty wonderful. She calls the project Let’s Put the Black on Last, and the setup is really simple. After creating a design, she runs her paper through the printer twice. “The idea of getting something different out of the printer other than just what I expect is so exciting to me,” says Bolger-Schuth, “Where is the fun in knowing exactly what’s going to happen when you press the print button?” When Walter Benjamin penned The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, he bemoaned the loss of authenticity and aura in mass-produced printed works. With Let’s Put the Black on Last, I have my answer.

Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches for creating simple 3D lettering effects in the context of poster design. Onward and upward we go! Introduction I will start off by drawing the letter-forms for the three words "ONWARD," "AND" and "UPWARD." Drawing Lettering As always, good lettering starts with a sketch. Step 1a This sketch is very rough and is basically there to reference when actually creating the lines in Adobe Illustrator (AI). Step 1b Open a new document in AI and paste in the sketch. Step 2 Create outside guides loosely based on the sketch (Drag from the Rulers). Step 3a Next, we'll create diagonal guides. Step 3b In the prompt window enter an Angle of 33 and hit OK. Step 3c The guide is now diagonal. Step 4a Next, referencing the sketch and start drawing the letterforms using the Pen Tool. Step 4b Using the guides as starting points, be sure to keep the vertical lines on the letter-forms precise by holding shift while drawing. Step 4c Step 5a Step 5b Step 6a Step 6b