Superman Comic Book Text Effect Illustrator Tutorial

In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’m going to take you through the process of creating a retro text effect, inspired by the title art for the Superman comic books. Old comic book titles feature some really simple but effective text styles, often incorporating faux-3D effects, bright colours, and thick black outlines. It’s a graphic style that is immediately recognisable thanks to these common visual features that appear in different variations across all the superhero stories. The original comic book covers were drawn by hand, but I’ll show you how to apply some adjustments to your text in Illustrator to transform it into a bold comic book title effect, then stick around to the end to see how the comic book theme is enhanced with the help of my Bad Print Effects Photoshop Action.

How to Create a Retro Superhero Comic Text Effect in Illustrator

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  1. Excellent tutorial, and extremely useful! I tried using the ‘Bad Print Effects” with the latest version of Photoshop, and it doesn’t appear to work correctly (it does seem to work with PS 2020).

  2. Hi, I saw the video, it looks adorable.
    I installed the effect and for some reason it does not work for me, I am working on Photoshop 2021. Help… ( :
    Thanks, Ziv

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