Graffiti Type tutorial and outcome.

I followed this video tutorial to create a graffiti style text. I explored with many different styles of fonts which I downloaded and chose one final. I speak about these more in my work-based learning project.


  1. The first step was to pick a font, in the tutorial the guy picks a script font that he can use glyphs on, I experimented with different fonts which I downloaded from google fonts or dafont.  I created outlines and united the text using Pathfinder, creating outlines turns the text into an shape that can be adjusted rather than a word / letter. Uniting the text fills in any gaps.

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2. Object: Transform: Sheer. This puts the text on an angle which you can change to be whatever angle you want. I chose a 90 degree angle so the text was slanted, this creates more of that 3d effect we’re going for later on. (I did this to every font I was using)

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3. I set up 3 different layers on the page for each layer of the font I’m creating. This will stop confusion, using layers is important so that you can work on different aspects of a design and lock layers below it. if everything is on one layer it gets way to difficult as everything moves where you don’t want it to.

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4. From here I experiment with colour of the font, and I create a thicker stroke on the black font to create an outline for the base font. I hit cmd + c to copy and cmd + v to paste the same font twice. The guy says in the tutorial that creating a thick stroke can make the font glitch which we see below. This font ended up not working for the style I wanted, so I experimented with other fonts.

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5. I experimented with fonts further and followed the next steps, I moved the base coloured font to the right to aid the 3d effect that will be given.

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6. I continued further, adding layers and playing with colour schemes. for this tutorial I did stick with my original idea of bright pink and yellow from my scamps. The final outcome ended up like this, which is the signature script style font we can see in the top right of the image above. All I did was change the colour from green to pink, thicken the stroke and add the same font again over top in white.

The guy does go on further to explore with gradients but I left the tutorial here.

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I followed another tutorial at to create something a little different from the final font I created above. A development from the above font.

It didn’t turn out the exact same but I’m happy with the outcome. The only changes I made was adding chapes to the background and adding highlights for depth.

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