scary halloween text

Here is an Adobe Illustator CS5 tutorial for creating scary text. Use this in your blog or website for Halloween fun. Here’s whatcha do:

  1. Using Adobe Illustrator CS5, choose a Font with a heavy or black weight. Type something.
  2. Create an outline of the font: Type/Create Outlines
  3. Roughen the text: Effect/Distort & Transform/Roughen
  4.  halloween roughen text

    Next you’ll want to use Illustrator Brushes to create the inside pattern for the text

  5. Go to Window/Brushes
  6. Click on the Brushes Drop Down menu on the upper right-hand side of the palette
  7. Go to Open Brush Library/Artistic Paintbrush
  8. Choose a brush and draw lines with it
  9. Create a white box behind the lines
  10. Group the lines and white box, then select the group
  11. Go to Edit/Define Pattern
  12. Give the swatch a name and hit OK
  13. halloween artistic brushes

  14. Next, select the text, and Fill with Pattern: Use the Fill palette and select the pattern swatch that you just created.
  15. Stroke the text with white
    1. halloween text fill

      halloween swatch

      Note: This effect is a little buggy. When you move the text, the defined pattern will change. Drop me a line, if you figure out how to prevent this. Thanks!

      Hope you can use this tutorial to create something fun for Halloween!

      neko cat

      PS – Black cats, especially at Halloween, have a bad luck reputation. But, cats with their paws upraised, in Japan, symbolize good fortune. To see more lucky cats, visit the “Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats, From Tailsman to Pop Icon,” exhibit at Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, through January 15, 2012.

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