Last week I shared a tutorial showing how to create a retro text style using Adobe Illustrator. I had lots of fun producing that effect, so I’ve been busy crafting a number of additional colour combinations to create a collection of 10 free retro text styles for you to download. Apply them to your text elements with just a single click to produce a variety of colourful titles with faux-3D, halftone texturing and subtle shading effects.
Open the AI file in the download directly into Adobe Illustrator, or load it via the Graphic Styles panel to find 10 preset effects that apply a range of retro style effects to text elements. Each one is inspired by classic sign-writing art styles, which often incorporated contrasting colours and hand painted shading effects. The text colours from the preview images will be replicated, but the fonts used are purely for illustration. Use these styles with any typeface you wish to generate a unique appearance every time. When used with script fonts, the best results are achieved when the text is outlined and united into one continuous shape with the Pathfinder tool.