Easy and Awesome Text and Bevel Effects Tutorial for Illustrator CS6 and CS5

 Easy and Awesome Text and Bevel Effects for Illustrator CS6 and Below

Simple Tips and Techniques to Make Cool Looking, Sexy, Professional Text Effects and Bevels in Adobe Illustrator CS6 that Pop and Wow.

Learn why illustrator is better than Photoshop for text layout for packaging, posters, banners, and brochures and indispensable for logo design. It’s time to beat your addiction to Photoshop and make the switch to illustrator.

Note: There are many ways to achieve the same highlight and shadow bevel effect from outlined text. Others include Pathfinder/Trim and Pathfinder/Knockout Back. The method in the video is kind of a clunky way to do it but I just keep doing it out of habit. Whatever works for you is fine, experiment and have fun.

Download the Illustrator Editable PDF File Used in This Text Effects Tutorial

See real world examples of these techniques in my product package design portfolio.

There are a lot of excellent text effects tutorials on the web, so what is different about this tutorial?

1.  Real time. Unlike those speed drawing tutorials that blow your mind but teach you nothing, this one is a true speed drawing tutorial as it’s in real time. No cuts and no sped up sections to hide the true time it takes.

2. Learn simple, easy, and flexible techniques for making text look cool in Illustrator.

3. Vector. In the print industry vector rules the roost so those Photoshop text tutorials aren’t very helpful for someone who’s primary concern is clean reproduction in all mediums including brochures, t-shirts, posters, trade show booths, video and packaging.

These methods are limitless in their application and manipulation potential, so with mixing and matching a few basic techniques you can create an infinite number of possibilities.

These techniques look particularly good on logos, packages, posters, banners, and brochures.

Do you need the perfect product package design for your new product? Call  831-566-3046 or email me to discuss what great design can do for your business.

File Under: Text Effects Tutorial for Adobe Illustrator – Wavy and Arched Banner Design Tips and Tricks – Beveled Text Effects for Illustrator


  • vivien

    Thanks so much for your tutorial! Loved it. Thanks for taking the time to produce it.

    August 4, 2014
  • Rafa

    Thank you very much for your useful tutorial. And congratulations! You’re not only a great illustrator but also a very good teacher

    February 17, 2015
  • burro

    Awesome tutorial dude! Thanks for spending the time to go through it. You’re a real character

    August 3, 2015
  • Abid

    how can we make barcode in illustrator?is there any way to make in illustrator or just import it from coreldraw made barcode

    December 7, 2015
  • Mary

    Your tutorial is fantastic, but do you have the step by step instructions written down. I have tried to follow you and write down the steps so I can use later, but it is hard to follow all of the mouse clicks.

    November 8, 2016
    • Clay Butler

      No step by step for this one. Sorry

      November 17, 2016

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