Star Shapes with Text in Illustrator
● The Basic Shapes that students learn to create in Illustrator are usually circles, squares and stars.
✓ Star Tool ✓ Blend✓ Effects
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Step #1: 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 your other layers.
Step #2: Star Tool ~
✓ Get the Star Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …
✓ … and click somewhere on the Artbord with the Star Tool.
Step #3: Set the Points ~
✓ Set the number of points for your star - any number you desire.
Step #4: Colors ~
✓ Set your Stroke Color to none …
✓ … and set the Fill Color to whatever you want.
Step #5: Create the Star Shape ~
✓ Drag a Star Shape on the Artboard.
Step #6: Duplicate the Star Shape ~
✓ Using the Selection Tool and holding holding click the star and copy it.
Step #7: Change the Color ~
✓ Change the color of the second star.
Step #8: Shrink the Second Star ~
✓ Shrink the second star down like this …
Step #9: Select Both Stars ~
✓ Select both stars by dragging a box around them with the the Selection Tool
Step #10: Blend Options ~
✓ Go to: Object > Blend > Blend Options …
✓ … set the number of specified steps, usually 4 or 5, but try anything you want
Step #11: Blend ~
✓ Go to: Options > Blend > Make or hit the keybord shortcut: Alt (⌥)+Cmd(⌘)+b.
Step #12: Drop Shadow ~
✓ Go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and add any other Effects you want.
✓ Try different Effects!
Step #13: Text ~
✓ Get the Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✓ … and type some text.
✓ Then go to: Effect > Warp > Arc and modify the settings to your liking …
Step #14: Colors and Effects ~
✓ Go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow on the text and star shape - try the other effects also - Try different stuff! Make something interesting!
Step #15: 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.
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.