Star Shapes 2 in Illustrator

    ●  All good magazine covers, advertising, and packaging have a "Call to Action" such as: Available Now! or Buy Today! - Sale - Win - Free - Offer Expires - Hurry - Best Value - Free Shipping - Reply Today - Click Here.

    ●  Create your own Call to Action by following this tutorial.

Learn About:

Star Tool Text Tool Create Outlines Effects

  •   This entry level tutorial is often used in the Make a Scene, Drive Me Wild, and Cereal Package Design Projects.

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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~

Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.

new document

Step #2: Star Tool in Illustrator ~

Get the Star Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …

… click somewhere on the Artbord with the Star Tool

… and set the number of points for your star. TRY DIFFERENT THINGS!

star points

The greater the difference between your two Radius settings the more your points you have. The points setting is the number of points on your star.

Here’s a little tip for using the Star Tool: Draw a star shape with the Star Tool, but don’t release the mouse button!

Instead, use the up up and down arrows on your keyboard to change the number of points on your star.

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If you keep pressing the down arrow, you’ll end up with a triangle.



When you get the number of points you want, you can release the mouse button.

Step #3: Effects ~

Select everything by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A and go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow

… and change the colors of the stroke and fill. Try different stuff! Make something interesting!

Step #4: Text ~

Get the Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …

text tool

… draw a box.


Type some text you can use in your project - a Call to Action! like these: https://www.netatlantic.com/blog/2012/04/20-effective-call-to-action-cta-phrases/

Step #5: Find a Font that Matches your Project ~

Go to http://www.dafont.com/ and search for a font that fits your project theme -

  •   For instance, if you want a text or font that looks Old, search for that at dafont.com.


  •   If you want something that looks like Money, search for that. Get it?

Step #6: Download the Font ~

When you find a font that matches your project, Right-Click and save the file to your desktop, or somewhere you can find it …

download font

Step #7: Open Font Book ~

Go to where you downloaded the font, open it, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …

ttf file

… when Font Book opens, click Install Font.

font book install

Step #8: Find your Font ~

Choose your new font in the menu bar and modify the size, color, etc.

Step #9: Create Outlines ~

Right-click the text and choose Create Outlines.

crreate outlines

Step #10: Rotate Text ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

selection tool

… then tilt the text.

tilt text

Step #11: Save your Work ~

Save your work as an adobe illustrator document somewhere you can find it …

save as


Only if you are working in Photoshop and want to use your star shape there, open Photoshop and go to: File > Place

file place

Find the file you created in Illustrator and use it in your Photoshop document!



Last Step: Save and Attach ~


Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.