Isn’t the Scribble effect used above in Illustrator versatile and effective? I posted a couple of things about it last year: See the magic of Illustrator scribble and here: Security seal tutorial.
Today I’ll tell you how to turn a font into a hand-rendered effect font and how to fill selected elements within the font with colour or gradients. AND it is so easy to do.
1. Open a new document in Illustrator. The size is up to you.
2. Type in some text using any font you like. I can’t remember which font I used here – I think it may have been Circus or Cast Iron.
3. With your text selected, go to the Swatch palette and remove the fill and stroke.
4. With the text (now invisible!) still selected, go to: Window>Appearance and click the little group of horizontal lines on the right to display a drop-down menu. Select Add New Fill.
5. You’ll see a small block of colour – leave the default colour black, keep it selected and go to Effect>Stylize>Scribble and apply the following settings:
- Angle: 45°
- Path Overlap: 0 px
- Variation: 2 px
- Stroke Width: 1 px
- Curviness: 0%
- Variation: 50%
- Spacing: 2 px
- Spacing Variation: 1.5 px
Okay the settings. (You can vary them to see the difference they make. I originally came across them in a from Vectips and for convenience I am using the same ones here. Please feel free to play around to see what they do and pick the effect best suited to what you want to create).
6. Back to the Appearance Panel. Now Add New Stroke and give the text a 2 px stroke.
7. With the Stroke still selected go to Effect>Distort & Transform>Roughen and apply the settings below:
- Size: 0.5%
- Size, select the Relative check button
- Set the Detail level to 30 Points: click on the Smooth checkbox
Click OK and the scribble effect is all done.
8. Now, using the Black arrow selection tool (V) go to Type>Create Outlines
9. With the text still selected (now displaying as outlined with many nodes) go to Object>Ungroup and keep repeating this until the option to Ungroup is greyed out.
10. Using the Selection Tool (V), select elements within your text and fill with any colour or gradient you like from your Swatches or Gradient palettes! It’s as easy as that and you can now create some punchy, great-looking text effects for all sorts of applications.
In addition, if you want to apply the Scribble effect to other fonts without having to keep going through this process, simply save your ‘scribble’ by opening a New Graphic Style in the Graphic Styles panel and giving it a name. This adds it to the Graphics Styles library. To use it again, create your new text and, with it selected, click on your named scribble effect from the Graphic Styles library.
Thought I’d be generous and give you the above graphic (b & w) as a PS brush as a freebie for the new year. Simply register to subscribe:
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