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Downloading Fonts and Blending Text in Illustrator

    ●   This tutorial is an introduction to downloading and installing Fonts.

Learn About:

Downloading FontsBlending

  •   It is part of the Monster Mesh, Make a Scene, CD and other Projects.

  •   Remember: Always Be Creative! Try different things!

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Step #1: Find a Font that Matches your Project ~

Go to 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


  •   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 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 alt option key 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 alt option + Cmd(⌘) cmd key + B

blended text

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 …

stroke text

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.

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