Adobe Illustrator CC Advanced Text Effects

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest


In this Adobe Illustrator CC Text Effect tutorial we will be going through a process on giving you the completed built resource so we can spend time just applying the effects. This goes through some procedures that are a little more advanced, but if you are new I still think you can work your way through the tutorial.

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Offset Paths can go inside or outside of a shape. They are different from adding on a stroke since they are already in shape form rather than a stroke which has to be expanded. This is great for immediate use in pathfinder and applying effects.


Be aware of my mouse clicks or my lack of mouse clicks after applying offset paths. They will group if you click off and will have the same color as the shape you added them to, which makes them hard to grab.


The appearance panel does quite a bit in this tutorial. We will be adding effects such as halftones, drop shadows, and inner glows. You can edit and adjust each effect and even a combination of effects within the appearance panel.





Offset Paths Background Shape

There are a total of 6 offset paths for the background layer. Each offset path will be added on to the previous shape. Use the direction on the file for the specific numbers for each offset path. The smallest is .025 and the largest is .25. A majority of the offset paths are .05. Use your arrow keys to nudge the large shapes and halftone paths into position.

Drop Shadow using Shapes

The drop shadow effects works very much like the offset paths we have been creating. In fact you can use the same process and just nudge over an offset path. Adjust the effect to the ones on the resource file. Expand Appearance – Ungroup. Use the Shape Builder tool (holding alt/option) to delete the unnecessary shapes.

Color Halftone & Gradients

Use a solid or gradient using a midtone gray color. Go up to Effect – Pixelate – Color Halftone. We are using 8 as the radius. Changing this will change the size of the dots in the halftone. The gray will leave some space around each dot. The darker it gets the more the halftone dots will merge together. Go through the video to set up the preferences in Live Paint and save the Preset!

Stylize Drop Shadow

2. Select the Background Offset shape we just created. Select Effect – Stylize – Drop Shadow. We want Multiply – A light gray color. Opacity 75% X: 0 Y: 0.1 Blur: 0.1

Highlight using 2 Compound Paths

4. Do this on its own layer above. Duplicate the main text shapes and create a slight Offset Path of -.025. While still selected change color and make a compound path. Object – Compound Path- Make. Copy Paste in FRONT. Make a compound shape and color the base color. Nudge down shape with your cursor. Select both shapes and click Minus Front in Pathfinder.

Inner Glows

The main text will be getting an Inner Glow effect. You can make the shape a coumpound shape after uniting it in Pathfinder. Adjust the Inner Glow to the desired amount. The tutorial keeps it as a highlight and in the center. The bonus round we will use this same effect and add on a color halftone effect the inner glow..

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Top notch video as usual man. Cheers!Made by Mighty
I really love your channel, thanx for your tutorial really helpful 🙂 Sara Abdalla • 1 year ago
First time dive into Illustrator. This was great, learned a ton! ThanksPhilippe Lachenal
Such a cool drawing ! My favorite in this series !!!! Espermaschine • 1 year ago
I appreciate your videos. I have been an illustrator user for years and have my own ways of doing things. It’s great to see other ways of using tools and learning tricks I didn’t know were available! It’s also good to see you doing the same thing as me in other instances, confirming I’m on the right track!Andy Zenz
Awesome tutorial! I don’t think I’ve picked up something so easily from someone who knows what they are doing. I managed to draw my first vector art and it was a joy! Great work keep it up!blitz145
Great job Jason, you make it look so easy. And it actually was. Thumbs up!Little Richard • 5 months ago
That was a fun tutorial. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for such a detailed, easy to follow tutorial! Daniel Huckabay • 1 year ago
Love your video thanks so much. you blow out of the water!!!!Steve Yensel
Brilliant video. So much great info packed in here. I’m just getting started drawing cartoons with my Wacom tablet, and this was a huge help. Thumbs up and thanks!Dorian Staten
Wow Thanks Jason…was really struggling with making images with basic shapes. Your tutorial is helping me out!!Kishor Rajani
thanks a lot you are really one of my favorites, I like the steps you give us, and I’m so thankful for that effort you do for helping us :)Wessam Lotfi
Keep up the good work Jason. I’ve been doing tutorials for a few months now and I got more out of your videos than what I’ve received at Lynda. Keep it up and Thank You!!bobby jacobs • 1 year ago
These tutorials are amazing. Just started using illustrator and really glad I found your channel. The only videos that explain everything step by stepAida Stan
You are definitely one of the best teachers I’ve found dealing with start to finish creative process. Great work!!!Jasen Fisher
Thank you loads! Compared to other tutorials, yours are just really well-explained and easy-to-follow. Can totally see that you’ve got a passion for what you’re doing and that’s just wonderful! 🙂 Keep it up, you’re doing an amazing job. Yulia Kachurova
Thank you so much man, I loved the way you explain this, I spent days looking for a good tutorial vid, thanks a lot, gonna keep watching your videos!!!Karel Marccenaro