Jul 22 2011

Outstanding Text Effects Tutorials in Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool that you can create fluffy, vague, sparkling, gelatinous, glossy, glittery, retro and revolutionary effects with. Creating a particular text effect in Illustrator is not that difficult now; thanks to the availability of huge number of tutorials that guide you through each step.

Here we have gathered a collection of around 50 amazingly helpful tutorials that let you create breathtaking typographic effects in Illustrator. Some of them also use Photoshop to give the text effect its fully refined look. Let’s have a look at this collection.

Text Effects in Illustrator

Create a Poster Theme Illustration in Illustrator
This following tutorial lets you create beautiful poster theme illustrations simply, using Adobe Illustrator.

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How to Create a Neon Text Effect Using Adobe Illustrator
Create appealing and tempting neon text effects by using Gradient Mesh, 3D Modeling, Art Brushes and Transparency palette. Let’s begin!

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How to Create Colorful Neon Text with Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial teaches you some quick tips on how to create a colorful neon text effect. In this tutorial, you will learn the use of thick font and the Round Any Corner Script to create letter shapes and other techniques to create neon text effect.

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Creating a custom Font : Understanding the Dynamics of Blend Tool
This tutorial is designed to help you create a custom Font, while at the same time accepting the dynamics of the Blend Tool.

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How to Create a Colorful, 3D Text Effect
This tutorial is shared here to let you learn the technique of creating some colorful and appealing 3D texts.

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Create an Airport Time Table Type Effect
In this quick tutorial, you will learn to create an airport timetable text effect. Creating such an effect is ideal for websites, posters and even logos.

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How to Create a 3D Sketch Text Effect
This tutorial lets you learn how you can play with the 3D options in Illustrator to create 3D letters while also transforming them into a sketch text. Add any color that you like as the transparency allows you to place it on any background.

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Create a Jar Illustration and Splashy, Purple Text Effect
This tutorial walks you through creating a jar illustration with a splashy purple text effect. You will see how different layered shapes and opacities are used in this tutorial and how the paths and the Pathfinder tools are used to enhance the result and give your text dimension and style.

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Create Colorful, Layered Paper Type in Illustrator
Let’s create some vividly colored illustrations with layered text and ribbons. Here, you will learn to use Illustrator effects expansively to optimize your work.

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How To Create a Cool Chrome Text Effect in Illustrator
The following tutorial helps you get the skills required to create cool retro chrome text effects by using Illustrator. This tutorial teaches you all the steps from beginning to end.

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How to Create a Retro Style Textured Logo
This tutorial helps you learn to create a retro vector seal logo by using Illustrator with Ryan Quintal. This extremely easy to follow tutorial lets you create an awesome final effect.

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How to Create a Paper Style Alphabet using Illustrator 3D
With this, you will learn to create a paper style alphabet and the shadows of them by using 3D modeling. This tutorial is perfect for creating logo designs.

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Create a Chalkboard Type Treatment
This tutorial lets you create amazing chalkboard type treatments by using some gradients, a bristle brush, and some freebies from Vector Mill.

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Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering
This tutorial showcases three unique approaches to create different script lettering styles. The tutorial starts with a simple basic script and leads you to more advanced techniques.

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How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration
Creating a perfect entangled lettering illustration is what you will learn in this tutorial. You can also learn casting shadows and highlighting through abstract color shapes.

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Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design
This tutorial teaches you different techniques of creating simple 3D lettering effects in the context of poster design.

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Create a Green Viscous Text Effect
This tutorial helps you learn the use of existing font and 3D tools of illustrator to add dimension and create a green viscous text effect.

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How To Create a Simple Sticker Text Effect
This tutorial showcases the technique of using text and the Round Any Corner script to create a simple sticker effect. Such text effects can be used in graphics, including shapes and symbols.

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Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator
Here you will learn to create your own calligram by manipulating a typeface, rendering fur and by adding dog features and various details.

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Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering
This tutorial is designed to teach you different techniques of creating beveled lettering styles. The tutorial starts with the least complex and moves on to the most polished and professional look.

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Cool Typography with the Blend Tool in Illustrator
Here you will use Illustrator’s Blend tool first and then use Photoshop for some final retouches in order to create cool typography.

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Create a Top Gun Badge on Illustrator
Here, you will see how to create a vector badge and then make it look more appealing by adding some features. Simple to execute.

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Tron Legacy Tutorial
In this tutorial, you will use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Cinema 4D. This is an interesting tutorial that helps you learn all three of these programs simultaneously.

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Vintage Badge in Illustrator and Photoshop
In this tutorial you will see how to create a vintage badge by using Illustrator and Photoshop. Take a look!

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Grungy 3D Text In Illustrator
Use Illustrator to create appealing grungy 3D text with some smart shadow techniques.

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Create a Silky Ribbon Text Effect
This tutorial teaches you to use the Pen and Gradient tools in order to create a swirling ribbon text effect. You can also use this effect to create different shapes and scrolls.

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How to Create a Glassy Text Effect in Illustrator
In this tutorial, you will see how to create a splendid glassy text effect by using Illustrator. Here you will learn some clever techniques to enhance your skills.

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Create a Mummy Text Effect
This guide helps you give your text some classic mummy treatment by using a few gradients and the Appearance panel.

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Create a Polished Raised-Type Treatment
Learn to create a polished, lifted-type treatment by using the Appearance panel, some gradients and transforms. You can also apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements as well.

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Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment
Here you will see how to create retro type treatments by using some powerful Illustrator features and texture effects, Warp effects, and some simple layering.

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Create a Glossy Smooth Text Effect
This guide lets you discover how to create a glossy smooth text effect by using multiple fills and strokes with various blending modes and different opacity settings.

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3D Golden Text Effect
This tutorial will be great for beginners who want to create professional 3D text effects in Adobe illustrator. Here, you will see how to create text using 3D extrude and the techniques to clean up the broken shapes and then apply glow to the 3D text.

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Golden Text with Diamonds
This tutorial showcases the use of the appearance palette and scatter brushes to create this stylized text with diamonds. Several other useful techniques will also be taught in this tutorial that will help you in your future endeavors. So let’s get started!

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How to Add Decorative Glamour to Your Ordinary Script Font
Learn to add glamour to your ordinary scripts in simple to follow steps and add some extra sparkle to your ordinary font.

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How to Make a Flesh Ripping Zombie Type Treatment
Follow the artist’s steps and create flesh ripping zombie characters and type treatments for this blood-curdling illustration.

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Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment
This tutorial lets you create some cool and soothing environmentally friendly green type treatments that you can apply to your different projects.

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How to Create Candy-Cane Typography With Photoshop and Illustrator
Learn how to craft some lip smacking Candy-Cane type by using Illustrator and Photoshop and create the appeal that you always wanted to harness.

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How To Create Detailed Gothic Linework Typography
This step by step explanation demonstrates the design process for an amazing gothic typographic design.

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Multi-Stroke Tips for Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial, learn to add multiple strokes to objects in Illustrator using the Appearance panel.

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Produce a Glowing Neon Open Sign Using Illustrator CS5
Here you will see how neon tubes are produced in the Illustrator world by simply altering a path and adding stroke colors with Gaussian blur. This will allow you to produce our own glowing neon open sign in Illustrator CS5.

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Create a Bubble Text Effect
Use different tools such as Ellipse, Rectangle, Rectangular Grid and Twirl along with some basic effects to create this Bubble Text Effect.

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Stylish text effect tutorial using Illustrator
Here you will see how to use Illustrator to create stylish and elegant text effects with a subtle vintage look that can be applied to any specific typeface.

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Create a Simple Blood Text Effect
This is an extremely easy to follow tutorial that will teach you how you can create simple blood text effect.

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Create a folded paper text effect
Create a simple folded paper text effect by watching this tutorial and also see how to improvise the final look.

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Make Grunge Type with Live Trace and the Pathfinder
This tutorial aids you in creating a grunge type effect by simply creating a vector texture with Live Trace first and then applying it to the text.

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How to Create a Piped Frosting Text
This tutorial will help you learn how to create a paste text effect. You will also learn the use of different tools to create the text effect that can be used to demonstrate a piped frosting effect.

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How to Create a Gummy Text Effect
Here you will see how to use the Offset Path function and various other coloring techniques to create cool and cute gummy text effects.

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How to Create a Zodiac Themed Graphic Style
This particular tutorial helps you learn the basic techniques to create a complex graphic style, using only the Appearance palette and commands from the Effect menu. This lets you create designs based on zodiac signs. Let’s get started!

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How to Create Smoky Brushes and Type In Illustrator CS4
Here you will see how the smoky brushes and type are created in Illustrator. You will be amazed to see the realistic results.

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About the Author

Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • Asmaa, 22 July 2011

    Thanks a lot Aquil for the mention :)

  • lxn, 22 July 2011

    Awesome tutorial! Thank’s for sharing it!

  • carol, 22 July 2011

    nice stuff

  • Krysten, 22 July 2011

    Awesome collection of tutorials! These techniques would be great to employ when designing logos. Thanks!

  • Emma, 22 July 2011

    Sweet list, thanks for compiling it!

  • Andrei Marius, 22 July 2011

    Thanks for including my tutorials.

  • Venkatesh, 23 July 2011

    Great Tutorials…

  • Ayman, 26 July 2011

    please correct first tutorial link to be http://skyje.com/2011/06/create-a-poster-theme-illustration-in-illustrator/

  • kabeer khan, 21 February 2013

    GREAT Stuff…..Thanks for sharing

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