Mini Lesson: Text in Illustrator

There are several techniques we can use to create visually appealing text in Adobe Illustrator.

1. Converting text into outlines (so each letter becomes a separate shape with points), and altering the points to create your own custom letter forms:

deconstructivism_letters

 

2. Tracing over hand drawn text with the pen tool (note how the fill color is black and the stroke color is white):

grateful_dead_lettering

 

3. Drawing a new path with the pen tool, selecting the “type on a path tool,” and typing a word or phrase along the path you just created:

text_on_path

Today we will:

  • learn a variety of different ways we can create visually appealing text in Adobe lllustrator
  • practice using these techniques
  • post our practice files to our blog, and analyze which techniques will be most useful in the creation of our vintage poster

 

By the end of today’s class, you will create a new blog post with the following:

  • a PDF in which you traced over each letter in the design with the pen tool
  • a PDF in which you typed a word in Illustrator, converted the text to outlines, broke apart the letters, and arranged them creatively (bonus points if you adjusted individual points on the letter to create a unique letter form)
  • a PDF in which you a drew new path with the pen tool, selected the “type on a path tool,” and typed a word or phrase along the path you just created
  • a paragraph describing which, if any, of these techniques you plan to use in your final poster design
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