How to Create a Colourful Stacked Text Effect

In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a colourful text effect with several stacked text elements that are progressively spaced further apart and transition through the colour spectrum to produce a rainbow effect. It reminds me of the kind of retro design you might see on an old VHS tape box or an ad for an 80s technology brand. Illustrator’s Blend Tool will be used to create the basic stacking text effect, but I will also show you a trick to alter the spacing of the text with a cool easing effect and show how to give the vector artwork the look of an old, damaged VHS tape box by adding textures in Adobe Photoshop.

How to Create a Colourful Stacked Text Effect (Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial)

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  1. That “easing” technique is worth the price of admission alone! Did you know that all along? Were you holding out on us?

  2. By about the 2 minute mark, my Illustrator (CC 2022) is bugging out. I’m not using the same font, but it’s sans serif, but I’m definitely not getting a similar result – the blend looks totally wrong. Help, please?

    • The first thing that springs to mind is to make sure you have the text and rectangle grouped together, so that’s two separate groups that you’re using to make the blend

    • I’m not sure if this is the right way to do it, but if you go to
      Object > Expand than Object > Blend > Make it should work.

  3. Hello Chris, Thanks for sharing these awesome text effects. This is so much helpful! Thanks a lot!

  4. Is there any way to create the same effect, but without the black background (clear/see-through/0% opacity)?

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