Downloading Fonts and Blending Text in Illustrator
● This tutorial is an introduction to downloading and installing Fonts.
✓ Downloading Fonts✓ Blending
• Remember: Always Be Creative! Try different things!
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Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Find a Font that Matches your Project ~
✓ Go to http://www.dafont.com/ and search for a font that fits your project theme -
• If you want something that looks like Money, search for that. Get it?
Step #2: 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 …
Step #3: Open Font Book ~
✓ Go to where you downloaded the font, open it, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …
✓ … when Font Book opens, click Install Font.
Step #4: Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
Step #5: Pen Tool ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … and draw the a gently curved line across your composition.
Step #6: Stroke and Fill Off ~
✓ With the line selected, turn the stroke and fill off …
Step #7: Stroke and Fill Off ~
✓ With no stroke and no fill, you can't see the line, but it's still there.
✓ Get the Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✓ … hover over the invisible line, and type SOMETHING YOU CAN USE IN YOUR PROJCT!
Step #8: Choose your Downloaded Font ~
✓ Select your text …
✓ … select your Font in the Character panel …
✓ … select Size here …
✓ … and Colo r in the menu bar.
Step #9: Create Outlines ~
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✓ … Right-Click on the text and select Create Outlines (or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift+O).
Step #10: Duplicate the Text ~
✓ Now duplicate the outlines by holding and dragging with the Selection Tool.
Step #11: Change the Color of the Text ~
✓ Change the colors to match your project.
Step #12: Shrink the Duplicate ~
✓ Select the duplicated outline, and, holding , shrink it down …
✓ Holding Alt (⌥)+Shift while you transform the image changes all sides simultaneously.
Step #13: Make ANOTHER Copy ~
✓ Make ANOTHER Copy of the larger text and drag it off to the side …
Step #14: Blend Options ~
✓ Select the remaining 2 outlines together …
✓ … and go to: Object > Blend > Blend Options …
✓ … and set the number of specified steps, usually 4 or 5, but try anything you want …
Step #15: Blend ~
✓ Go to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:
Alt (⌥)/Option + Cmd(⌘) + B
Step #16: Top Text ~
✓ Now get the topmost duplicated text and drag it over …
✓ … you may need to Right-Click the top text and go to: Arrange > Bring to Front.
Step #17: Stroke the Text ~
✓ Add some Stroke to the top text to make it stand out more …
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai file.
✓ Attach it and continue working …
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• 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.
Other Resources: http://adobe-illustrator.wonderhowto.com/how-to/create-cool-blend-text-effect-illustrator-298123/