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Old School Type - Line Gradients

One of our readers suggested we write a tutorial explaining how to do this cool text effect. On the Dragonforce logo above, the basis of my typography was sketched on paper first and then vectored in Illustrator using the Pen Tool. The process for creating the base logo is not included in this tutorial. Instead, we are going to take the base logo and add that cool “line gradient” effect that you see inside the actual letters. This gives the text an old-school or vintage feel to it. This look is prevalent in wood engraving and sign lettering. Here are some more examples: So in order to get this effect, we will need both Adobe Illustrator CS2 or higher and Adobe Photoshop. You can see the kind of effect we are going to create. Step 1: Prepare your base logo or typeface. We will use our Dragonforce Logo as our base, but you can simply use your favorite font. 1a: Open up Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop 1b: Create your base text (just type something out using a bold font) Conclusion:

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