Star Shapes with Text in Illustrator

    ●   The Basic Shapes that students learn to create in Illustrator are usually circles, squares and stars.

Learn About:

Star Tool BlendEffects

  •   This tutorial is an entry level tutorial often used in the Make a Scene, the CD Cover and We Can Be Heroes! Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples inspired by this tutorial.

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 lock your other layers.

new layer

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.

star points

Step #4: Colors ~

Set your Stroke Color to none none

… and set the Fill Color to whatever you want.

fill color

Step #5: Create the Star Shape ~

Drag a Star Shape on the Artboard.

Step #6: Duplicate the Star Shape ~

Using the Selection Tool selection tool and holding holding alt option key 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

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.

star blend

Step #12: Drop Shadow ~

Go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and add any other Effects you want.

star effects

 Try different Effects!

Step #13: Text ~

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

type tool

… and type some text.

splash 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!

shiny button example

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:

shift key+ +



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


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.