All kinds of cool effects can be created in Illustrator by outlining text into a solid shape then making various permanent alterations, but what if you want to keep your text editable? In today’s Illustrator tutorial we’ll take a look at the Appearance Panel and see how it can be used to build up layers of non-destructive effects that can then be saved as Graphic Styles so the effect can be instantly applied to any elements with just one click.
Posts from March, 2014
Access All Areas members are in for another treat this week! Expert designer Matt Borchert has kindly donated a full volume of his fantastic vintage texture packs. Vol 3 of his Vintage Texture Pack series contains 30 super high resolution textures scanned from sources dating back to the 1800s. Each one is a huge 4500x4500px file with varied levels of detail, ranging from dark aggressive details to fine etch marks.
In the past I’ve always kept away from distressed style fonts for the basic reason that using the same letter twice within any word in your design stands out like a sore thumb as the weathered markings are identical between them. However, I’ve just come across this huge creative fonts bundle on Design Cuts that contains a bunch of incredible fonts that bypass this problem by including loads of additional variations with different levels of wear and tear.
Contour lines are used in Geography to create topographic maps that show the elevation of a landscape. The contour lines create a series of concentric shapes which—aside from their important role in mapping—look pretty cool! In today’s Illustrator tutorial I’ll show you how to make use of the Blend tool to create a series of contour line style shapes. This tutorial not only creates a great contour map effect, it might also open up ideas for all kinds of intricate background designs based on the same process.
Today’s treat for Access All Areas members is another set of awesome resources from Vintage Design Co. The Hipster Pack is a collection of 43 vector graphics to use to make your own vintage badges, emblems and signs. Choose from moustaches, hats, glasses and other time saving elements to create some trendy designs.
Businesses from the great outdoors are a perfect match for the vintage logo trend because these were one of the cultures that initially pioneered this style of design. Companies associated with outdoor pursuits often have some kind of heritage behind them, which can be promoted in their logos and identities by using traditional design styles. This showcase of vintage outdoor logos features 40 designs all crafted using classic hand drawn techniques and feature common elements of trees, axes, mountains and animals.