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How to Create a Pop Art Text Effect in Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a pop art text effect in Adobe Illustrator.

First, you will learn how to create two simple patterns. Using an Envato Elements font and your saved patterns along with the Appearance panel, you will learn how to put together your editable pop art text effect.

If you don't have the time to make your pop art text effect from scratch, then Envato Elements is the solution. This subscription-based marketplace has over 2,000 Illustrator add-ons you can download without restrictions! You can find pop art comic fonts, pop art letters, and more. This pop art text effect is just one of the many examples.

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What You'll Learn in This Pop Art Text Font Tutorial

  • How to create patterns in Illustrator
  • How to create editable pop art lettering
  • How to create a pop art text effect

What You'll Need

You will need the following font in order to complete this pop art text effect:

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, set the Width to 850 px and the Height to 800 px, and then click that Advanced Options button. Select RGB for the Color Mode and set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click the Create button.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid or Control-") and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid or Shift-Control-"). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-" keyboard shortcut.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don't forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed.

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2. How to Create and Save Two Patterns

Step 1

Pick the Line Tool (\) and use it to create a 30 px, horizontal path. Keep it selected and focus on the control panel to adjust the color settings. Remove the fill color, set the stroke color to R=22 G=1 B=80 and don't forget to increase the Weight to 2 px.

Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A), select just the left anchor point and drag it 30 px up, as shown in the second image.

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Step 2

Make sure that your line is still selected and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set the number of Copies to 3 and drag that Move-Vertical slider to 10 px, and then click the OK button to apply the effect.

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Step 3

Moving on, you will need a gridline every 1 px. Go again to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid and enter 1 in the Gridline every box.

Keep focusing on your lines and pick the Rectangle Tool (M). Use it to create a 20 px square and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Once you're done, make sure that the square is selected and press Shift-Control-[ to move it behind the lines.

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Step 4

Make sure that your square is still selected and remove the fill color to make the shape invisible.

Use the Selection Tool (V) to select your invisible shape along with the lines and simply drag them into the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) to save them as a pattern.

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Step 5

Reselect the Rectangle Tool (M) and use it to create a 10 px square.

Switch to the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a 4 px circle, fill it with white (R=255 G=255 B=255) and place it as shown in the second image.

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Step 6

Select that 10 px square and make it invisible, and then select it along with the white circle. Again, drag your selection into the Swatches panel, and this will be your second pattern.

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3. How to Create the Pop Art Lettering Background

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M), use it to create a shape that covers your entire background, and fill it with R=255 G=235 B=40.

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Step 2

Make sure that your background shape is still selected, open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance), and add a second fill using the Add New Fill button.

Select this new fill and apply your first pattern from the Swatches panel, and then change its Blending Mode to Overlay.

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4. How to Create the Pop Art Letters

Step 1

Pick the Type Tool (T) and focus on the control panel to set the settings for the text that you're about to add. Select that Etna font and set the size to 220 px, don't forget to Align Center the text, and then click on your artboard to type in your text.

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Step 2

Make sure that your text remains selected and remove the current text color. This can be easily done from the control panel.

Once you're done, move to the Appearance panel and use that same Add New Fill button to add a fill for your selected text. Select this new fill and set its color to R=239 G=1 B=141.

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Step 3

Make sure that your text remains selected for the rest of this tutorial and keep focusing on the Appearance panel.

Use that same Add New Fill button to add a second fill for your text. Select it and set the color to R=89 G=0 B=178, drag it below the first fill, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Increase the number of Copies to 20 and set both Move sliders to 0.5 px, and then click OK.

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Step 4

Add a third fill for your text and select it. Drag it below the existing fills and set its color to R=22 G=1 B=80, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Just drag both Move sliders to 20 px and then click OK.

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Step 5

Add a new fill for your text and select it. Drag it below the existing fills and apply your first pattern from the Swatches panel, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set both Move sliders to 30 px and then click OK.

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Step 6

Add a new fill for your text and select it. Place it on top of the existing fills and apply your second pattern from the Swatches panel, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set both Move sliders to -5 px and then click OK.

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Step 7

Select the existing stroke from the Appearance panel, set the color to R=22 G=1 B=80 and increase the Weight to 4 px, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to -2 px and click OK, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set both Move sliders to -10 px and click OK.

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Step 8

Finally, make sure that your pop art text is still selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. For the beginning, click that Type text from the top of the panel to make sure that the effect which you're about to add will distort the entire text effect.

Go to 3D and Materials > 3D (Classic) > Rotate (Classic). Enter the settings shown below and then click OK to apply this final effect.

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Congratulations! You're Done!

Here is how your pop art lettering should look. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

Feel free to adjust the final pop art letters. You can find some great sources of inspiration at Envato Elements, with interesting solutions to stylize any pop art text font.

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Envato Elements is an excellent resource for pop art text effects and pop art fonts. Here's a short list of some of the most popular pop art letters that you can find.

Vector Pop Art Text Effect (AI, EPS)

Cut the hassle of learning how to create a pop art text effect and use this vibrant text effect instead. It's fully editable, so just double-click the text and type in yours.

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3D Pop Art Text Effect (AI, EPS)

Here's another bold and colorful pop art text effect that you can use if you don't have the time to put together your own design.

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Pop Art Font (OTF, TTF, WOFF)

Here's one of the many pop art fonts that you will find at Envato Elements. Give it a try to make your own pop art text effect.

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Pop Art Comic Font (OTF, TTF, WOFF)

Keep it sweet and funny with this pop art text font. These smooth and bold letters will make your pop art text stand out.

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Pop Art Font (OTF, TTF, WOFF)

Here's one more pop art font that can be a pretty good option whenever you're looking to create pop art lettering.

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