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How to Create a Game Graphic Style Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this
tutorial, you will learn how to make a game graphic style in Adobe Illustrator. 

The graphic style we
will be creating is a part of Game
Graphic Style
.

If
you want to skip the tutorial and just use this style with nine more graphic
styles, you can purchase Game Graphic
Style
 from GraphicRiver.

All Game Graphic Styles

What You Will Need

The following font was used during this
tutorial:

Before you start creating this graphic style,
download and install the font.

1. How to Set Up a New Document

Step 1

Let’s start by creating a New Document of 600 x 600 px size
and RGB color mode.

Set up a New Document

Step 2

Now go to Edit > Preference >
General
. Check the Scale Stroke &
Effect
 option.
Hit OK to apply this setting.

Check Scale Stoke  Effect Option

2. How to Create a Graphic Style

Step 1

Let’s begin using the Type Tool! Pick the Type Tool (T) and select the Riffic font. Set the Font Size to 100 pt. Write “QUEST” with capital letters.

Write a Text

Step 2

Now we need to apply the first gradient color, so select the text and set the fill color to none. Next, go to the Appearance panel and click on Add New Fill.

Note: If you can’t see the Appearance panel, go to Window > Appearance.

Apply Add New Fill

Step 3

Select the new fill, go to Window > Gradient, and set the gradient with 3 color stops.

Follow these settings:

  • Type: Linear
  • Angle: 90o
  • First Gradient Color stop #d67638 and Location 0%
  • Second Gradient Color stop #e5af4b and Location 50%
  • Third Gradient Color stop #f3ea60 and Location 75%
Fill Gradient Using Gradient Panel

Step 4

Focus on the Appearance panel, and make sure the text and fill box are both selected. Add a second fill using that same Add New Fill button; after clicking on this button, a new fill box (layer) will be
created above the existing fill.

Now select the bottom fill box and click on Add New Effect (fx). Select Path > Offset Path.

Follow these settings:

  • Offset: 3
  • Joins: Meter
  • Meter Limit: 4

Hit OK to apply.

Offset Path

Step 5

Go to the Gradient panel (G) and set
the gradient with 2 color stops.

Follow these settings:

  • Type: Linear
  • Angle: 90o
  • First Gradient Color stop #ce5c39
    and Location 0%
  • Second Gradient Color stop #c96b2e
    and Location 100%

Tip: To remove any
unwanted color stop from the gradient panel, just pull it down.

Second Gradient with 2 Color Stops

Step 6

Now click on Add New Effect (fx) on the Appearance panel and select Distort and
Transform > Transform
.

Follow these settings:

  • Move Vertical: 1 pt
  • Check Scale Strokes & Effects
  • Check Transform Objects
  • Check Transform Patterns
  • Copies: 7

Hit OK to apply.

Transform Effect Using Appearance Panel

Step 7

We will change the color of this gradient, so go to the Gradient panel (G). Replace the gradient color with these settings:

  • Type: Linear

  • Angle: 90o
  • First Gradient Color stop #591714 and Location
    0%
  • Second Gradient Color stop #812e26 and Location
    100%
2 Color Stops Gradient

Step 8

Click on the upper fill box. Make sure the
text and upper fill box are both selected.

Now click on the Duplicate Selected Items button on the Appearance panel.

Using the Gradient panel, replace the gradient color with these settings:

  • Type: Linear
  • Angle: 90o
  • First Gradient Color stop #e6c04c and Location
    0%
  • Second Gradient Color stop #f2e95f and Location
    35%
  • Third Gradient Color stop #e8f4fc and Location
    100%
Duplicate Selected item Using Appearance Panel

Step 9

Now click on the Add New Effect (fx) button on the Appearance panel and select Path > Offset Path.

Follow these settings:

  • Offset: -4
  • Joins: Meter
  • Meter Limit: 4

Hit OK to apply.

Apply a New Offset Path

Step 10

Make sure the text and upper fill box are both selected. Click on Add New Effect (fx) and select Distort and Transform > Transform

Follow these settings:

  • Move Horizontal: -3 pt
  • Check Scale Strokes & Effects
  • Check Transform Objects
  • Check Transform Patterns

Hit OK to apply.

Again Transform Effect using Appearance Panel

Step 11

Now we will add a drop shadow behind the text. So select the text and click on Type on the Appearance panel.

Now click on the Add New Effect button and select Stylize > Drop Shadow.

Follow these settings:

  • Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 35%
  • X offset: 0
  • Y offset: 8pt
  • Blur: 1 pt
  • Color: #221f1f

Hit OK to apply.

Apply a Drop Shadow

Congratulations! You Are Done

That’s it! You can use this style in your game projects. This graphic style we created is a part of Game Graphic Style. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final Image