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How to Make a stunning Retro Text Effect in Illustrator

March 23rd, 2022 · 636 views
Great typography can enhance and polish any project. When you take text and apply unique and intriguing text effects, you create a whole different piece of art. The Retro text effect is one of the most beautiful and appealing text effects, and it is ideal for making poster titles, website headers, and a variety of other projects that are gaining more popularity in today's design.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a retro text effect using the appearance panel in Illustrator while keeping your text fully editable.

Here's a little peek at the effect we'll be working on today.

So let's get started!

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What You Will Need:

⭐ Adobe illustrator

⭐ Retro font

Step 1: new document in Illustrator:

To begin, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document (follow my new document settings down below).

Use any size that is appropriate for your final application, but make sure the RGB mode is chosen so that the most vibrant colors are accessible.

Step 2: adding the text:

Now that you've got everything set up, let's look at how to apply the retro effect to text in Illustrator.

⚫ Create a text element with the suitable font style for your specified phrase

⚫select the Type Tool (T).

⚫ Open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character).

⚫ Set the font size to 600 px

⚫ choose the typeface.

Step 3: select your palette.

Step 4: adding the retro effect:

Using the appearance panel, follow the steps below:

 🌟Go to Window > Appearance or press Shift + F6.

🌟 Make sure the text is selected before taking any of the following steps.

 🌟 a new fill using the appearance menu on the right side of the appearance panel.

🌟 Add the first color to the text.

🌟 Add a new fill and add the other color.

🌟 Then go to the effect (fx) section of the appearance panel and select Distort & Transform > Transform.

🌟 In the transform effect dialogue box, choose the move to 1 mm for both the H and V options and the copies number (choose the number you want according to the length of the shadow you want).

🌟 Add a new fill and add the other color, and repeat the last steps until you’re satisfied with your design.

And there you have it, a very easy way to do a retro text effect using the appearance panel.If you like the post and found it useful, please share it with your friends on your favorite social media platform, it would mean a lot to me.Do not hesitate to share your final results with us using the hashtag. #designedmomenttuto.

The Quick Way

If you don't have enough time to come up with a set of your own styles, Check out this collection of envato element retro text effect styles that I put up for you, which I'm sure you'll find quite useful in helping you finish your projects faster.

Until next time, stay creative! ZAKIA.xoxo

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