50 Excellent Text Effects Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator

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We are all well acquainted with the power of  the Adobe Illustrator and how important it is to a designer. Be it creating appealing text effects or creating awesome characters, Adobe Illustrator is always there to help out designers. In this collection, we are presenting some amazing and helpful tutorials regarding creating incredible text effects by using Adobe Illustrator. With this selection, you can learn how to create blurry, sketchy, bubbly, sticky, sleek, glossy, retro, or futuristic effects.

Without further ado, let us move towards the collection of amazing tutorials. Kindly note that some of these tutorials may also require the use of Photoshop intended for finer details.

If you think we have missed some cool tutorials out there, then let us know or share them with us in the comments. Enjoy!

1. Create a Slick Golden Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial. you will learn how to create a slick golden text effect. Although it’s a pretty short tutorial, the sixteen steps cover many techniques and effects that can be used for other projects. The Pen Tool steps may be a bit challenging, but with patience and some basic knowledge, you will succeed.

Create a Slick Golden Text Effect with Adobe Illustrator

2. How to Build Letter Art From Bricks In Illustrator

In this tutorial, we’ll use 3D-rendering, blends, and an art brush for creating the final brick art. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to creating various brick letters. Enhance your vector skills as a digital brick artist in today’s Illustrator tutorial. So let’s get started!

How to Build Letter Art From Bricks In Illustrator

3. How to Create a Neon Text Effect

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a neon text effect using Gradient Mesh, 3D Modeling, art brushes and a transparency palette. Let’s begin!

How to Create a Neon Text Effect

4. How to Create a Sparkly Text Effect

In the following quick tip, you will learn how to create a sparkly text effect in fifteen simple steps. It’s another tutorial focused on the Appearance panel. Basically, almost the entire text effect is made using only one compound path. A compound path with a simple fill, eight strokes and some basic Illustrator effects.

How to Create a Sparkly Text Effect

5. How to create candy cane typography.

In this tutorial, we will create a superb candy cane type design using Illustrator and Photoshop. Apply this effect to your own text and create cool and unique Christmas cards!

HOW TO CREATE CANDY CANE TYPOGRAPHY

6. Meltdown Text Effect

Create a super cool meltdown text effect for a typeface in this premium illustrator tutorial. Have fun with your imagination and artistic skills. Learn how to create glows and a liquid drip effect for text in this tutorial. You will learn the techniques which I used to create beautiful text effects.

Meltdown Text Effect

7. Create a cool water effect

In this tutorial, the artist will walk you through the process that he has used in one of the design projects I finished recently. You will learn how to use the mesh tool to create water droplets, use the symbol sprayer tool using symbol of water droplets and dispersing them.

Create a cool water effect

8. Tron Legacy Tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a beautiful effect like the Tron Legacy Style. For this tutorial the artist used Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Cinema 4D.

Tron Legacy Tutorial

9. Create a Jar Illustration and Splashy, Purple Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a jar illustration and splashy, purple text effect. We’ll craft this with numerous, layered shapes and with various opacities. We’ll work with paths and the Pathfinder tools to enhance our text, give it dimension, and style. Let’s get started!

Create a Jar Illustration and Splashy, Purple Text Effect

10. How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Text Effect

For all the chocolate lovers out there, here is how to create a delicious chocolate bar text effect in Illustrator. You will use the Blend Tool, effects like Roughen and Chrome, different blending modes and also the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect to create perfect chocolate squares. Enjoy!

How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Text Effect

11. Create Colorful, Layered Paper Type

In this tutorial the artist will show you how to brighten your mood by creating vivid illustrations with layered paper text and ribbons. We’ll create a custom type and use Illustrator effects extensively to enhance our work.

Create Colorful, Layered Paper Type

12. Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

In this tutorial the artist showcases three different approaches for creating simple 3D lettering effects in the context of poster design. Onward and upward we go!

Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

13. Create a Furry Calligram

In this tutorial, artist will walk you through creating your own calligram inspired by a dog named Poppy. You’ll learn how to manipulate a typeface through to rendering fur, adding doggy features, and various details.

Create a Furry Calligram

14. Create a Mummy Text Effect

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create this treatment with some gradients and, of course, heavy use of the Appearance panel. There isn’t a lot of steps, but the tutorial is slightly more advanced.

Create a Mummy Text Effect

15. Golden Text with Diamonds

In this illustrator tutorial, we will learn how to create a golden text style with diamonds using the appearance palette and scatter brushes. You will learn lots of new techniques on applying transform effect, offset path and seamless pattern on appearance palette.

Golden Text with Diamonds

16. How to Make a Flesh Ripping Zombie Type Treatment

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a Flesh Ripping Zombie Type Treatment.

How to Make a Flesh Ripping Zombie Type Treatment

17. Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

In the following Illustrator tutorial, the artist will teach you how to create a green type treatment. It works great for logos and other design elements.

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

18. Create a simple blood text

In the following steps the artist will show you how to create a simple blood text effect. You’ll start with a simple text then you will use the Roughen and the Warp effects. Finally, you will need multiple gradients and some simple brushes.

Create a simple blood text

19. How to Create a Zodiac Themed Graphic Style

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a complex graphic style, using only the Appearance palette and commands from the Effect menu. We will be creating a style based on the signs of the zodiac. All the style elements are created from a single character. Is it hard to believe? Let’s get started!

How to Create a Zodiac Themed Graphic Style

20. How to Create Smoky Brushes and Type In Illustrator CS4

In this tutorial, the artist explains how to create realistic smoke, make it into a brush and use it for the type. Let’s light up our vector cigarettes and get smokin’!

How to Create Smoky Brushes and Type In Illustrator CS4

21. Old School Type Line Gradients

A detailed tutorial on how to create old school style type.

Old School Type Line Gradients

22. How to Make a Wooden Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you can learn how to create “wooden text”. Using the 3D Extrude and Bevel Tool combined with some clever gradients and layer effects you can make this great effect that’s perfect for text and symbols alike.

How to Make a Wooden Text Effect

23. Creating stunning, detailed typography with illustrator

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create stunning, detailed typography with Illustrator.

CREATING STUNNING, DETAILED

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

This tutorial is perfect for the confident beginner who wants to take her skills to the next level. We’ll explore how to create 3D text and use depth-of-field to enhance a design.

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

25. How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

In this Illustrator tutorial, the artist will show you how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It’s a relatively easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.

How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

26. Bling Bling Text Effect

In this tutorial, the artist will be teaching you how to create this eye-catching bling bling effect in Illustrator. You will learn how to create the texture and apply it to any text. So let’s get started.

Bling Bling Text Effect

27. Create a glossy, smooth text effect

In this tutorial, the artist will show you how to create a glossy, smooth text effect using multiple fills and strokes with different blending modes and varied opacity percentage. For some discrete details, the Star Tool, the Pathfinder options and some other basic effects will come in handy.

Create a glossy, smooth text effect

28. Create a Stitched Type Effect

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a stitched type effect. You will create simple geometric patterns, a pattern brush and use the appearance panel to create the final look. Let’s get started!

Create a Stitched Type Effect

29. Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

In this tutorial, the artist will show you how to create a grimy text treatment utilizing Illustrator’s Blob brush, Live Paint, and a pen tablet. You can easily apply these techniques to other illustrations, type treatments and logos.

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

30. Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment

You can easily create this effect without the Appearance panel, but creating this effect like in this tutorial, you can easily adjust anything with the text without changing the effect. It is also a good idea to create a graphic style for easy implementation to other text and objects within Illustrator.

Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment

31. Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography

In this tutorial, we’re going to create a 3D Typography based design. All the elements will revolve around the centerpiece and theme: dreaming. The word will dictate the entire layout and control the space by allowing everything else to emerge from within. The trees will grow out of the letters; the mountains will show themselves behind the word and overshadow the glowing moon.

Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography

32. Grungy 3D Text

This tutorial will teach you how to use the 3D tools in Illustrator along with some simple but clever shadow techniques to create some awesome looking grungy 3D text.

Grungy 3D Text

33. How to Create a Hand Drawn Style Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to use different brushes and effects to create a hand drawn text effect. Perfect for illustrative designs, you will create a cute and fun lettering effect.

How to Create a Hand Drawn Style Text Effect

34. Create a Bending 3D Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a 3D Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator. In addition to using the 3D tools, you’ll layer letter shapes to create color shifts with gradients and highlights. You’ll also work in subtle patterns controlled with opacity Masks.

Create a Bending 3D Text Effect

35. Create a Green Viscous Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to expand an existing font, use illustrator’s 3D tools to add dimension, and then add a green viscous text effect. If you want to add a fun, vector text effect to your portfolio, then get started now.

Create a Green Viscous Text Effect

36. Create a Vibrant 3D Pixel Type Treatment

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a fun 3D pixel font type treatment. Using a free font, gradients, and Illustrator 3D filter, you will easily create a type treatment that you can apply to many other fonts.

Create a Vibrant 3D Pixel Type Treatment

37. Illustrator Tackle Twill

This tutorial will show you how to simulate a tackle twill look with Illustrator’s Appearance palette. When we’re done you will be able to apply this style to any text or shape within Illustrator.

ILLUSTRATOR TACKLE TWILL

38. How To Create Detailed Gothic Linework Typography

Follow this step by step walkthrough of the design process for my recent gothic typography design. We’ll be customizing a blackletter font with various black and white elements and creating a range of tones with detailed line work to create a cool gothic style design that would be right at home as a logo for a heavy metal band or dark apparel brand.

How To Create Detailed Gothic Linework Typography

39. Retro 3D Arcade Text Effect

In this tutorial, we’ll make clever use of Illustrators built-in 3D capabilities, gradients and opacity masks to design a retro 3D Type Effect.

Retro 3D Arcade Text Effect

40. Create a simple folded paper text effect

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a simple folded paper text effect. Also, to improve the look of the final result, you will learn how to create some ink blobs and stains from some simple ellipses and brushes.

Create a simple folded paper text effect

41. Create a Silky Ribbon Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will use the Pen and Gradient tools to create a swirling ribbon text effect. Even though we’re applying the ribbon to text, you can use this effect to make shapes and scrolls. Let’s get started!

Create a Silky Ribbon Text Effect

42. How to Create a Smokin’ Western Type Treatment

In this easy tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a western type treatment primarily using Illustrator’s Effects. Using the effects from this tutorial, you can easily apply them to other type treatment and logos. Let’s get started!

How to Create a Smokin’ Western Type Treatment

43. Stylish text effect tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a beautiful text effect with a subtle vintage look that’s going to be applied to a specific typeface, just to help you get an idea, we will try to generate an old school text that can be implemented on modern web designs.

Stylish text effect tutorial

44. How to Create a Colorful, 3D Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a colorful three-dimensional text effect. We’ll use several Illustrator effects, built-in patterns, a modern font, and more to bring this effect to fruition. Let’s get started!

How to Create a Colorful, 3D Text Effect

45. How to Create a Glossy, Colorful Text Effect

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a glossy, colorful text design in Illustrator CS5. We’ll use an interesting font choice, opacity masks, shape building techniques, and more to create this text effect.

How to Create a Glossy, Colorful Text Effect

46. Create a Glassy Text Effect Filled with a Green, Acidic Substance

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a glassy text effect filled with a green, acidic substance. You’ll use shape creation tools, opacity masks, and filters. This project could work well to add a mad scientist feel to your next creative design project.

Create a Glassy Text Effect Filled with a Green, Acidic Substance

47. Create a Marker Text Effect

This tutorial involves intermediate vector shape building skills in Illustrator to create the markers, along with some layering and script usage to create the text effects. Let’s get started.

Create a Marker Text Effect

48. How to Create a Fun 3D Plastic Text Effect

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create colorful 3D plastic letters using the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect and also an all-purpose plastic look that you can save in the Graphic Styles and use it in other projects.

How to Create a Fun 3D Plastic Text Effect

49. Create a Chalkboard Type Treatment

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a chalkboard type treatment with some gradients, a bristle brush, and some freebies from Vector Mill! The tutorial is relatively simple and can be applied to many other Illustrator projects. Moreover, you can use the Vector Mill freebies in other projects!

Create a Chalkboard Type Treatment

50. Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment

In this tutorial, the artist will show you how to create a simple retro type treatment. Even though it’s simple, it uses some powerful Illustrator features. If you have read my tutorials before, you know this means the Appearance panel! Along with the Appearance panel, we will be using some texture effects, Warp effects, and some simple layering.

Create a Reusable Retro Type Treatment

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Jameel Khan is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 4 years. He also writes for other blogs and is also the founder member of www.webdesigncore.com. His biggest passion is blogging and vector illustrations.

7 Comments Best Comments First
  • Tim

    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 08:17

    6

    Tutorial #1 says “Vector Teets” :)

    +1
  • Alex

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 15:37

    5

    Wow! Awesome designs. Will try recreating some of them for practice. Thanks for sharing.

    -2
  • Asmaa

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 08:23

    2

    thank you so much for adding my tutorial , it is a very nice collection of tutorials.

    -3
  • Jean-David

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 11:38

    3

    4 br, excuse me they can’t pass in html by the form

    -3
    • Rean John Uehara

      Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 12:08

      4

      woops, that’s a lot of br’s. Thanks!

      -3
  • Wade

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 03:37

    1

    that’s really awesome effects

    -3
  • Biggizi

    Thursday, April 26th, 2012 21:46

    7

    Yeahhh !! Thank you very much for this amazing selection. I was looking for some effect tutorials like these ones.
    Thank’s again

    -4
  • Biggizi

    Thursday, April 26th, 2012 21:46

    7

    Yeahhh !! Thank you very much for this amazing selection. I was looking for some effect tutorials like these ones.
    Thank’s again

    -4
  • Tim

    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 08:17

    6

    Tutorial #1 says “Vector Teets” :)

    +1
  • Alex

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 15:37

    5

    Wow! Awesome designs. Will try recreating some of them for practice. Thanks for sharing.

    -2
  • Jean-David

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 11:38

    3

    4 br, excuse me they can’t pass in html by the form

    -3
    • Rean John Uehara

      Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 12:08

      4

      woops, that’s a lot of br’s. Thanks!

      -3
  • Asmaa

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 08:23

    2

    thank you so much for adding my tutorial , it is a very nice collection of tutorials.

    -3
  • Wade

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 03:37

    1

    that’s really awesome effects

    -3

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