Money Text in Illustrator

    ●   Create a bold number with lines in the middle that looks like money!

Learn About:

Offset Paths Serif Fonts Swatches Appearance Panel

  •   This tutorial is part of the Free Trade Project.

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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 lock your other layers.

new layer

Step #2: Text ~

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

text tool

… and draw a text box somewhere on your composition.

Step #3: Type your Text ~

Type some text you can use in your project, like the numeric value of your currency - or large Roman Numerals like “V” or "X."

Step #4: Text Size and Font ~

Change the size of the text and font by clicking Character

… and raise the size as big as you can.

Choose a "serif" font like Times New Roman Bold or any other big font with the little feet on them.

Step #5: Create Outlines ~

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

Right-Click or go to: Type > Create Outlines

… or hit + +

Remember: ALWAYS create outlines of your text!

Step #6: Colors ~

Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches

… find the custom color swatch you made from this tutorial

… set your Fill color from your Swatches and set the stroke Black.

Step #7: Expand Appearance ~

Select the numbers and go to: Object > Expand.





Expanding text turns the letters into images.



It also means that you cannot edit the text anymore.

Step #8: Line Segment Tool ~

Now, get the Line Segment Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (\)…

… draw a line approximately the width of your text while holding the Shift key down to keep it perfectly straight.

Lower the stroke weight (if necessary) …

… until you get a narrow thin line.

Step #9: Duplicate the Lines ~

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

… holding Alt - duplicate the line and drag it down a little.

Then hit Cmd (⌘) +D to repeat the duplication as many steps as necessary.

Step #10: Duplicate MORE Lines ~

Select ALL the lines …

… and duplicate them AGAIN to get a tightly packed group of lines.

Step #11: Drag to Swatches ~

Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches

… and drag the group of lines into it.

Step #12: Appearance Panel ~

With the text selected, open the Appearance panel or go to: Window > Appearance



…OR hit the keyboard shortcut (Shift+F6) …

… and click the Add New Fill icon.

Step #13: New Pattern Swatch ~

Now click the new pattern swatch you just made.

Step #14: Copy the and Past the Text~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) and select all your text …

… go to: Edit > Copy or hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd(⌘)+c

… then go to: Edit > Paste in Back or hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd(⌘)+b.

Step #15: Move the Copied Text~

Using the arrow keys, move the text over and down slightly.

Step #16: Fill with Black or White ~

Fill the background text with white or black to create a hard-edged drop-shadow look.

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.

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