30 Text Effect Tutorials for Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator provides designers with an excellent opportunity for creating amazing effects with text. This post features 30 of the best tutorials on the subject. While there are more tutorials available for working with text in Photoshop, I think you’ll see from this selection that there is plenty to be learned for text effects in Illustrator.

From this selection of tutorials you’ll learn a wide variety of different techniques and you’ll be able to create text effects of all different styles. Regardless of what style of text effect you need, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that can help within this selection of tutorials.

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Create an Awesome Chrome Typography Piece in Adobe Illustrator

Create an Awesome Chrome Typography Piece in Adobe Illustrator

 

How to Create a 3D Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a 3D Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Create 3D Letters Without the Use of 3D Tools is Adobe Illustrator

Create 3D Letters Without the Use of 3D Tools is Adobe Illustrator

 

Creating Simple Origami Style Typography in Illustrator

Creating Simple Origami Style Typography in Illustrator

 

Create a Chalkboard Type Treatment

Create a Chalkboard Type Treatment

Create a Mummy Text Effect

Create a Mummy Text Effect

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

Turn Any Font Into a Sketch Font

Turn Any Font Into a Sketch Font

How to Create a Neon Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Neon Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

Blueprint-Style Text in Adobe Illustrator

Bling Bling Text Effect

Bling Bling Text Effect

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

Ornate Lettering Process

Ornate Lettering Process

Create a Swirly Type Treatment

Create a Swirly Type Treatment

How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

Gradient Strokes

Gradient Strokes

 

How to Create Colorful Neon Text with Adobe Illustrator

How to Create Colorful Neon Text with Adobe Illustrator

Adding Gradients to Text

Adding Gradients to Text

Let’s Make a Playful Yet Robust 3D Letter Design

Let's Make a Playful Yet Robust 3D Letter Design

Create a Cool Water Effect

Create a Cool Water Effect

Quickly Add Grunge to Text

Quickly Add Grunge to Text

Old School Type – Line Gradients

Old School Type - Line Gradients

Type on a Path Options

Type on a Path Options

Stitched Text Effect

Stitched Text Effect

Create a Christmas, Knitted Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Christmas, Knitted Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Creating a Bazinga! Text Treatment in Adobe Illustrator

Creating a Bazinga! Text Treatment in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Paint Roller Illustration with a Grungy, Paint Text Effect

Create a Paint Roller Illustration with a Grungy, Paint Text Effect

How to Create an Old Font Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create an Old Font Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create an Explosion Text Effect in Illustrator

How to Create an Explosion Text Effect in Illustrator

How to Create a Comic Style Text Effect in Illustrator

How to Create a Comic Style Text Effect in Illustrator

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  • Patternhead, April 20, 2009

    Some nice tuts here, thanks

  • Mckinney web design, April 20, 2009

    Thanks for this great tuts! simply superb.

  • designwashere, April 20, 2009

    Nice collection of tutorials! Thanks!

    -Design was here!

  • joyoge designers' bookmark, April 20, 2009

    very nice ai text tutorials thanks for collection..

  • aravind, April 20, 2009

    Great round up.
    Vectips rules!

  • om ipit, April 20, 2009

    amazing tutorial, really i need

  • Kenneth Sena, April 21, 2009

    this post is cool. i think i found one that would fit my new website. thanks for this post. ill be exploring these links… (www.kika.ca)

  • acidcloud, April 21, 2009

    Holy smokes these are awesome!
    Thank you very much.

  • nice.

    i’ve used it, and to tell you the truth, buttons make a huge different to over all look of a site, unprofessional buttons = people think this is a useless site.

  • 4design, April 23, 2009

    It is the best Text Effect Tutorials! Very nice!!!

  • ADRIAN'S BLOG, April 23, 2009

    Nice toturial and I like it.Thanks

  • Prescription sunglasses, April 25, 2009

    Really these are awesome tutorial. Thank you very much for sharing with us..

  • aledesign.it, April 27, 2009

    Good collections! Thank you so much for this tutorials! :)

  • nvaleo, April 29, 2009

    Nice text collections! Thanks for this great tutor sharing.

  • Overload, April 30, 2009

    Nice collection! Some of these effects really rock (like the Playful yet Robust part)!

    Also, if you like Illustrator, I recommend you check up this site:
    http://www.logobee.com/logo-design-tutorial/tutorial2/logotutorial.htm
    You can use this effect for drawings, and for text too!

  • Trevor Collins, August 12, 2009

    I have just call ed on of my fellow graphic designers across to have a look at the collection you have put together. We will make use of it.

  • Muhammad, August 17, 2009

    i have’nt done his course Adobe illustrator but i think you can create this text effect on Adobe photoshop too… but cool Examples REally :)

  • John, September 3, 2009

    These are great. I was wondering how you can accomplish a gradual shrinking or growing font effect that can be applied to spiral path in Illustrator?

  • John, October 15, 2009

    That is really great to see such a thing .Please for such things please check out the link below.

    http://www.alogodesigncompany.com/process.html

  • Sade, January 8, 2010

    Thx, its a nice coll…

  • Egidius Heerkens, February 21, 2010

    Excellent & usefull tuts. Thanks!

  • Utkarsh, May 5, 2010

    Wow thats so amazing. i liked the tuts [:)]

  • Design+, May 25, 2010

    i like the those tuts, thanks very much for sharing.

  • Fred - web designer, June 10, 2010

    Wow! Some really great tips and tutorials here, just wrestling with a logo design at the moment, and this has given me some really great pointers.

  • destiny, June 23, 2010

    hello. are cool. k bye

  • destiny, June 23, 2010

    i meant these are cool.

  • smita, August 4, 2010

    Wonderful collections, I love those Retro type ones :)

    Regards
    Smita

  • konccepts, August 7, 2010

    Nice tutorials .I have read the wrapping text tutorial .It’s quite nice and easy to understand .Thanks a lot

  • Graphic Designer Sydney, September 30, 2010

    Fantastic tutorials! Just did the “eye-catching” tutorial, love it – thank you :)

  • Frank Zweegers, March 4, 2011

    Great tuts.

  • Chris, July 6, 2011

    Very helpful post. Learning how to bring my typography to the next level. Thanks!

  • Oxana, February 28, 2012

    Wow! Cool effects. I take this in my work