How to Create a Gold Text Effect and Graphic Style in Illustrator

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In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a complex gold graphic style which includes a reflection, dropping shadows and highlights. These all can be created with the help of the most powerful tool available in Adobe Illustrator–the Appearance panel. You learn how to create this graphic style and then apply it to editable text objects. Have fun learning our new vector tutorial!

 

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5 – CC
  • Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Appearance panel, Scatter brush, live effects
  • Estimated Completion Time: 20 minutes

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Step 1

Start Adobe Illustrator, then go to the File New…. In the opened dialog box choose the RGB color mode, the size of the artboard doesn’t matter since we’ll create a graphic style.

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Step 2

Take the Type Tool (T) and type any word in upper case. I used the Myriad Pro font and 180pt font size for such purposes.

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Select a word, then click twice on the Characters in the Appearance panel (Window Appearance).

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Select the Fill attribute in the panel, then delete it by clicking on the Trash icon.

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The letters disappeared, don’t worry–that’s the way it should be. Click twice on Type: No Appearance.

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Step 3

Click on Add New Fill button in the Appearance panel.

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To the fill, apply a linear gradient using the Gradient palette consisting of five colors: white R=255 G=255 B=255, light-yellow R=252 G=220 B=161, yellow R=255 G=182 B=77, brown R=69 G=24 B=1 and light-brown R=181 G=113 B=40.

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Step 4

Click on Duplicate Selected Item button in the Appearance panel, then select the lower fill.

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Note that while working in the Appearance panel, the object should remain selected. Go to the Effect Path Offset Path… and set 2px for the Offset value.

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Replace the gradient of lower fill with a vertical gradient which consists of yellow R=255 G=182 B=77 and brown R=69 G=24 B=1.

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Step 5

Click on the Duplicate Selected Item button in the Appearance panel, then select the lower fill.

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Go to the Effect Distort Transform Free Distort…. Shift the upper vertices of the text bounding box down and to the center as it is indicated on the figure below, then click the OK button.

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Replace the gradient of the lower fill with a vertical linear gradient from white to grey R=64 G=64 B=64.

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Apply the Multiply blending mode to this fill. This can be done in the Transparency panel or directly in the Appearance panel. In this step, we’ve manually created a drop shadow effect from the text.

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Step 6

Click on the Add New Fill button in the Appearance panel.

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Move the new fill above all attributes.

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Keep the lower fill selected and go to the Object Convert to Shape Rectangle…. Set the Extra Width and Extra Height value in the opened dialog box.

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Replace the gradient of the lower fill with a radial gradient from dark grey R=43 G=43 B=43 to black R=5 G=5 B=5.

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There you have it! We’ve now created the background in this step.

Step 7

Click on the Add New Fill button in the Appearance panel.

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Replace the gradient of the upper fill with a vertical linear gradient from brown R=181 G=113 B=40 to black R=0 G=0 B=0.

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Now go to the Effect Distort Transform Transform…. In the opened dialog box select Reflect Y option, and click on the lower white square in the reference point locator.

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Apply the Screen blending mode to the fill and reduce the opacity to 35%

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We’ve created a text reflection in this step.

Step 8

Choose grey R=153 G=153 B=153 for the stroke and set a 2px width in the Appearance panel.

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Apply the Multiply blending mode to the stroke.

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Thereby we’ve created a bevel on the edge of letters.

Step 9

With the help of the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 20x20px circle with a black fill R=0 G=0 B=0 and no stroke.

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Now create a second circle – 1x1px with a light-grey stroke R=204 G=204 B=204. Centers of both circles should match.

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Select both circles. Then go to the Object Blend Make, and next to Object Blend Blend Options… and set 10 specified steps.

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Step 10

Drag the blend object into the Brushes panel (Window Brushes). In the opened dialog box, select the Scatter Brush.

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Save the brush without changing the default settings.

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Step 11

Select the text, then click on the Add New Stroke button in the Appearance panel.

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Apply a brush to the stroke which was created in previous step.

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Click twice on the Scatter brush icon in the Brushes panel in order to get access to the parameters of the brush. Set 4000% for Spacing value, and click OK.

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Click on the Apply to Stroke in the dialog box.

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Set the Color Dodge blending mode for this stroke.

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We’ve created highlights on our letters in this step.

Step 12

And finally, when the gold text effect is ready, we can save it as a graphic style. Open the Graphic Style panel (Window Graphic Style), select the text, then choose the New Graphic Style in the fly-out menu of the panel.

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Now this graphic style can be applied to any editable text. All I have left to say to you is bye-bye!

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Iaroslav Lazunov

Author: Iaroslav Lazunov

My name is Iaroslav Lazunov, I am a graphic designer from Ukraine. I am glad that I finally found the job in my life that I can share my knowledge and experiments with you in my tutorials. Follow me on Twitter or visit my blog Vectorboom.com

 

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