Pow! Text in Illustrator

    ●  Create Text in Ilustrator and make it Blink in Photoshop.

Learn About:

Duplicating Text Downloading FontsShear Transform Filter
Selection Tools Pathfinder

  •   This tutorial is part of the Comic Book Cover Project.

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Step #1: Open a New Document in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator and create a New Layer.





… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …





Step #2: Type Your Text ~

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

type tool

… draw a box and type something you can use:

For Instance:


… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #3: Download and Install an Appropriate Font ~

Download An Interesting Font you could use in your work.

  •   Go to: and download a font that fits your theme.
  •   Look for big Bold fonts appropriate to your project.

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

… then go to your Downloads (probably Window > Downloads), open it, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …

ttf file

… when Font Book opens, click Install Font.

font book install

Select your Font in the Character panel …

… select Size here …

… and Colo r in the menu bar - something loud and obnoxious like Red, Yellow or Orange …

orange color text

Step #4: Create Outlines ~

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

… go to: Type > Create Outlines



… or hit the keyboard shortcut:

shift key+ +



… but however you do it, be sure to ALWAYS create outlines of your text.


Step #5: Duplicate the Text ~

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

Selecton Tool

… hold down the Alt (⌥)/Optionalt option key and make a duplicate of the text.

Step #6: Color and Arrange ~

Change the color of the text to something darker …

darker color

  … also, Right-Click, click Arrange and hit "Send Backward."

sorr send to back

  Lastly, move the duplicated text so it is off-center just a little.

Step #7: Transform > Shear ~

 Select both texts with the Selection Tool …

 … then Right-Click and hit:  Transform > Shear.

transform shear

 Set the Shear to anything you like, start with this:


Step #3: Create 2 Star Shapes ~

 Lock your Text Layer …

 … create another New Layer below your text layer and 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 9 or 10 to start with.

star points

Then do it again! That's right! Make 2 stars.

star shape text

Step #10: Adjust the Shapes ~

 Now get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) and adjust the shapes to overlap each other …

Step #11: Combine Both Shapes ~

 While holding Shift, select both shapes …

 … then go to: Window > Pathfinder or hit the keyboard shortcut shift key+ cmd key+ o key and select Unite.

unite pathfinder

Now they're together!

Step #12: Direct Selection Tool ~

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

direct selection tool

… adjust the anchor points and add color.

Last Step: Save your Project and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as -]

save as an ai

Attach it and keep working …

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this: FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

  •   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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