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Sketch Text Effect in Illustrator

Posted on 7th October 2017
1 – In Illustrator create a New Document or Open an existing one.



2 – Select your “Type Tool” (T) and type some text then choose a font. We used Hot Deals from Fontbundles.net. Set the “Fill” and “Stroke” colors to none.





3 – Open the pop up menu in the Appearance Panel and choose “Add New Fill”. Keep the default black as fill color.





4 – Select the new fill in the Appearance Panel and go to Effect > Stylize > Scribble. With the dialog open, change the angle to 45 degrees, Path Overlap Centered, with a Variation of 2 px. Line Options: Stroke with of 1 px, a Curviness of 0 with a Variation of 20%, a Spacing and Variation of 1.5 px.





5 – Select the Stroke in the Appearance Panel, give it a value of 1 point and with the stroke still selected go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen. In the dialog use a value of 0.5% for the Size, select the Relative button and give the Detail a value of 30/in and the Smooth button.







6 – With this treatment you still can edit your text. And to use it in other occasions you can create a Graphic Style to apply. Select the text and click the New Graphic Style button in the Graphic Styles Panel.



7 – Test your style with other text.

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