Broken Text Effect in Illustrator

First of all, I think creating this kind of effect is covering the text with some shape. This technique is easy but it will be a great problem if I want to change the background color. However,the most interesting thing I found in this tutorial is whenever I change the background color, it doesn’t affect my work.

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Steps:

1. Create a new document with A4 size.  Set orientation as portrait.

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2. Type the text you need and set the color you want. In this tutorial, I typed “Broken Text” and use the font named Impact.

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3. Go to Object – Expand and press OK. This step will simply separate all your text and make it into shapes. 

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4. Now you can make your text into irregular shapes with the Direct Selection Tool.

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5. Draw some triangular shapes and a circle at the center with the Pen Tool. (Don’t worry the color)

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6. Select one of the shape and go to Object – Path – Divide Object Below.

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7. Now the shape is disappeared and the Text is divided. 

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8. Select the small part and press Delete to remove the shape.

Image9. Repeat the steps with all the shapes so you can have your new broken text.Image10. Move some of the broken part a bit and make it more interesting.Image

 

11. Now you are done. You can also play with different text color and background. 

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Learning Source:

Broken Text in Illustrator

 

Photoshop Text Effect

This is another text effect creating with Photoshop. The thing that I found very interesting is the background. Unlike what the topic of the online tutorial said, it is not created in 5 minutes. It is more than I thought!

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Steps:

1. Open a new document and set it as 600 x 600 pixel.

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2. Set the background color as #0593a4, then press Command + Delete to fill the background.

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3. Pick the Custom Shape tool.

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4. Select the shape named Registration Target 2.Image

5. Set the foreground color as #02a0b3 and draw the shape (to make it as a circle, hold the shift button when you draw).

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6. Select the Shape layer, go to Layer – Rasterize – Shape.

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7. Now you’ve convert the shape into layer. Go to Filter – Distort – Twirl. Set the angle to 200 and click OK. In this step the straight lines will be twisted into curve lines.

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8. Pick the Pen Tool and Draw a path following the curve of the shape. Image

9. Pick the Text Tool. Click on the path so you can type your text on the path.

10. Duplicate the text and make it more interesting. You can convert them into a layer(Layer – Rasterize – text) or group with Command + G.

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11. To make a focus at the center, create a new layer above the Background layer. Make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee Tool and Fill it with color #005964

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12. Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur to apply the blur effect to the circle. Image

13. Done!

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Learning Source:

How to Make Inspiration Frame in 5 Minutes

Introduction of Mesh Tool

This tutorial is about 3 dimensional drawings in illustrator. Apart from the 3D effect I have mentioned before, there is another way to create a sense of 3 dimensional for the objects. Gradient Mesh is the way for drawing 3D objects without using 3D effect.

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1. Create a new document with illustrator and draw the shape shown as below.Image

2. Fill the color of the candle stand, and set the stroke color as none.Image

3. Select the candle stand with the Selection Tool and pick the Mesh Tool.Image

4. Click on the candle stand and you will see some lines on the candle stand.Image

5. click few more time and create a grid on the candle stand.Image

6. Select a point with the Direct Selection Tool and change the color of the point to create shading.Image

7. Continue to change colors and tones of the candle stand. You can also increase the number of grids to make it more 3D.

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8. Add shadings on the candle with the gradient Mesh tool.Image

9. Select the flame and fill it with light yellow.Image

10. Add gradient mesh on the flame. Select all the points at the edge and fill it with white.Image

11. Add orange and red on the flame.Image

12. draw a curve line to join the candle and the flame.Image

13. Put them all together. adjust the size of the shape if you need. In this step, the drawing is now finish.Image

Source:

Introduce Gradient Mesh Tool

3D text effect (illustrator tutorial)

3D effect in illustrator is interesting and this tutorial is focus on 3D text effect. I learned this from the online tutorial and I found that is easier than I thought. Therefore, I would like to introduce this playful 3D text effect. Here is my final work.

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Steps:

1. Open a file and type each separately. I am using Arial Black. (The thicker font your use, the better result you have.)Image

2. Pick a letter, go to  Effect – 3D – Extrude and Bevel. Choose the angle and effect. You can also move the cube to see the effect.Image

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3. Change the color and size. You can also rotate if you want.

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4. Repeat the steps for the rest of the words. Then this is what you will have.Image

5. Add blur to create depth. Go to Effect – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Select the pixel (I choose 10 pixel)

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6. Continue to add blur effect to some other words. (I add A-10px, E-2px, R-6px) You will get this afterwards.

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7. Next, give some letters gradient. Select a letter and type Command/Ctrl + C and Command/Ctrl + F to copy the letter and paste it on the front. Select the copied one and go to Object – Expand Appearance.

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8. Go to Object – ungroup (or Right click and choose Ungroup) to ungroup the image. Continue to ungroup the object until you can select the surface of the letter. Give gradient to the surface of the letter.

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9.  Draw a rectangle and fill it with radius gradient. Click “right click – arrange- send to back” to send the background to back.

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10. Add circles and squares to the background (you can add radius gradient if you need).

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Learning Source:

Let’s Make a Playful Yet Robust 3D Letter Design

Typographic Wallpaper

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This is a typographic I learned from the internet, and I would like to introduce it to the others. Here is my 12 steps tutorial.

 

1. Open a new document. Set the size as 1920 x 1200 pixel. 

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2. Fill the background with dark color and go to the Filter Gallery.Image

3. Choose the Film Grain effect under the Artistic column.

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4. Add new layer and apply radius gradient.

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5. Set the layer to Overlay and change the Opacity to 70%.

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6. Add large text on another new layer. In my case I type “SCAD”.

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7. Reduce the text opacity to about 15% and create a new group. Create texts in the group with different sizes and fonts.

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8. Duplicate the text group and Merge the group.

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9. Select the large text. Click on the merged text layer(in my case it’s named “Text Group copy”) and press Ctrl + J. A new layer(Layer 3) will be created.

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10. In the layer option of the merged text layer, choose color overlay.

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11. Go to motion blur and set the angle as 0, distance as 35 pixel.Image

12. Add text underneath if you want.

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Learning Source:

“How to Create Great Typographic Wallpaper in Photoshop” by Daniels Mekss

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