Distorted Horror Text in Illustrator
● Use the Free Distort Effect to Create Dynamic Text in Illustrator.
✓ Text & Font ✓ Free Distort✓ Stroke & Fill
Other People's Work:
These are examples created by students following this Tutorial.
Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT)…
✓ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
✗ IF you don't have a anything, then open a new document the size of your project …
Step #2: Type Tool ~
✓ Get the Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✓ … and type some text you can USE IN YOUR PROJECT from your graphic organizer sketch.
Step #3: Download a Scary Font ~
✓ Go to: http://www.dafont.com/ and search for a scary font that fits your project theme:
Step #4: 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 #5: Open Font Book ~
✓ Go to your Destop, where , open the font you downloaded, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …
✓ … when Font Book opens, click Install Font.
Step #6: Format the Text ~
✓ Select your text and choose the font you installed, change the size and color, etc …
Step #7: Create Outlines ~
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✓ … go to: Type > Create Outlines …
✓ … or hit the keyboard shortcut:
✓ … but however you do it, be sure to ALWAYS create outlines of your text.
Step #8: Distort Text ~
✓ With the text selected, go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort …
✓ … and distort the text like this:
Step #9: Stroke ~
✓ Add a contrasting stroke to your text by changing the stroke color to something opposite it's surroundings …
✓ … and also adjust the stroke:
✓ Raise and lower the Stroke Weight ~
✓ Change the Brush ~
✓ Take A Risk!
Step #10: Effects ~
✓ Select everything by hitting Cmd (⌘) +A and go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow.
Step #11: Save your Work ~
✓ Save your work as an adobe illustrator document somewhere you can find it …
ONLY IF YOU'RE WORKING IN PHOTOSHOP ~
✓ Only if you are working in Photoshop
and want to use your star shape there, open Photoshop and go to: File > Place …
✓ Find the file you created in Illustrator and use it in your Photoshop document!
Last Step: Save your Project and Attach ~
✓ Attach your work!
• 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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