Warp and Offset Path Text in Illustrator
● Create some text, apply some warp to it, and create an Offset Path shape behind it …
✓ Text & Font in Illustrator✓ Offset Path✓ Warp
Other People's Work:
These are examples created by students following this Tutorial.
Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
✓ … this assignment needs to be placed in your main project or it will not be accepted …
✓ … if you don't like the final results you can remove it after you have attached your completed assignment …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer in Illustrator and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Type Tool ~
✓ Get the Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✓ Type something you can USE IN YOUR PROJECT!
✓ The requirements for this project say,"You need a name for your cereal."
✓ … or type a Call to Action! - like NEW! or Try It! FREE! or NOW WITH FLAVOR! Examples
✓ … or if you're working on the Hero or Comic Book project,
try POW! or Try It! Blam! or Kapow!
Step #3: Font Theme ~
✓ Select your Font in the Character panel …
✓ … select Size here …
✓ … and Colo r in the menu bar.
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:
✓ … but however you do it, be sure to ALWAYS create outlines of your text.
Step #5: Warp ~
✓ Then select them all and go to: Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Warp …
✓ You don't have to copy these settings!
✓ Try different stuff!
Step #6: Expand ~
✓ Now, with the text selected, go to: Object > Expand …
Step #7: Offset Path ~
✓ Then go to: Object > Path > Offset Path …
✓ … select “Preview,” adjust your settings …
✓ … and hit OK. Notice the outer path is selected.
✓ Now move the outer path aside using the Selection Tool (v)
Step #8: Pathfinder ~
✓ With the shape selected (not the inner letters themselves) go to: Window > Pathfinder and click “Unite”.
Step #9: Color ~
✓ Change the Fill color to something from your color scheme and add some Stroke if you want.
Step #10: Send to Back ~
✓ With the large shape selected, go to: Object > Arange > Send to Back …
✓ … and then move the shape behind your text to see what you’ve got.
Step #11: Drop Shadow ~
✓ Lastly go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow …
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ 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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