Box with Text in Illustrator

    ●   Create a Box with Text coming out.

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Manipulate ShapesGradientsFree Transform Type on Path Text Tool

  •   This tutorial is used as part of the Make a Scene and Cereal Box Design Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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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 your other layers.

Step #2: Grid ~

Turn on the Grid - View > Show Grid

… and then go to: View > Snap to Grid.

With the grid on, you can precisely snap each points to the grid so that each intersecting shape will line up perfectly.

Step #3: Set your Colors ~

Set the Stroke color to None none

Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial.


Pick some gradient colors you like.

Set the other side too …

Step #4: Draw a Square ~

Using the Pen Tool, draw a square.





Close the shape by clicking the Pen Tool where you started.


Step #5: Direct Selection Tool ~

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


… and select the Anchor point on the top side.

Now, holding the Shift(⇧) key …

shift key

… select the other anchor point on the bottom.





Holding Shift allows you to select more than one object at a time.

Step #6: Adjust the Square ~

Drag the side up a little:

Step #7: Duplicate the Shape ~

Hold the Alt (⌥)/Option key down …

alt key

…. click and drag the shape to make a duplicate.

Step #8: Adjust the Box ~

Now you can adjust the shapes to look more like a box.

Step #9: The Inside ~

Again, hold the Alt (⌥) key and make another duplicate.

Click on the Anchor point and you can move it around.

Step #10: Gradients ~

Now, get the Gradient Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (G) …

gradient tool

… and adjust the gradient to look like the shadow is inside the box.

The gradient adjust tool takes a little time to learn. Just do your best.

Step #11: Make the Top ~

Do the same for the top …

… and the lid.


Step #12: Pen Tool ~

Get the PenTool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) and draw a line coming out of the box.

Get the Type on a Path Tool which looks like this:

Click on the line and type some text you can use in your project.

With the text selected, choose a font that suits your project, and modify the style and size in the menu bar.

Step #13: Type on Path Options ~

Then go to: Type > Type on Path > Type on Path Options

… and hit Preview.

Try some of the Effects and see what they do …

Step #14: 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 #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!

Last Step: Save your Project and Attach ~

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

save as an ai

Attach it and keep working …

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   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.

Other Resources: http://www.vectordiary.com/illustrator/illustrator-tutorial-surprise-gift/ and http://vectips.com/tips/type-on-a-path-options/