Adobe Illustrator Text Effects

In Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials by Jason Secrest


In this Adobe Illustrator CC Text Effect tutorial we will be going through a new process on giving you the completed built resource so we can spend time just applying the effects. This does cover quite a few of the most common questions I get in Illustrator from compound paths, pathfinder, and the appearance panel. I really enjoy doing these, make sure you leave a comment on YouTube if you have any text effects or suggestions.

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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.


We will be using stroke panel to align strokes to the inside and outside edge of the two major shapes of the main text and offset path.


The appearance panel does quite a bit in this tutorial. We will be adding effects such as a drop shadow. We will also be adding strokes aligned to the outside and a layer style to a 2nd fill with a gradient.





Offset Path Background Shape

1. Duplicate out the shape layer. Color the layer below off white. Select Object – Path – Offset Path. Make the Offset Path .15 inches with rounded corners. Select All and Unite using Pathfinder. Fill in any stay gaps.

Drop Shadow using Shapes

3. Duplicate the main text color by edit copy. Edit paste in BACK. While the text is still selected change the color to the light blue and make the shape a compound shape. Nudge the shape down with your cursor arrows. Select everything and click Pathfinder Merge to clean up the overlapping shapes. The stroke aligned to the outside will give us the gap.

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

Aligning Strokes

4.We have 2 shapes for our primary text and the black shape underneath. Align strokes in your Appearance Panel and Stroke Panel. Click on align stroke to inside for the white text. Align the stroke to outside for the black offset path. A white stroke also is a fun look.

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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