Turn Any Font Into a Sketch Font

Sketchy ThumbnailThis blog post was previously published on our blog in 2009, and since it was so popular with our readers, we wanted to be sure the instructions were up-to-date. So we’ve updated this tutorial to be current with the most recent versions of Illustrator. Hope you enjoy revisiting this helpful tutorial in Illustrator CS6 & CC style. Want to see other articles revamped? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Here are some popular sketch fonts available that are great for grungy and hand-drawn designs and illustrations. My problem is, I want to be able to use this sketchy style in any font. Turn’s out, it is actually really easy to do in Illustrator. Moreover, you can create a Graphic Style and easily apply the style to other editable fonts to create your very own custom sketch font!

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Creating Seamless Textures and Seamless Backgrounds in Illustrator

Seamless Textures in Illustrator

I think you’ll all agree that Illustrator is just plain awesome, and with the continual improvements we see with each new version, it keeps getting better and better. Previously, I created  seamless textures for typography and seamless backgrounds for my web and illustration projects with Photoshop. But we’ve seen large improvements with the Appearance panel in more recent versions of Illustrator, so now I create these textures and backgrounds solely in Illustrator–it’s actually super easy!

So in today’s tutorial, I’ll walk you through the  steps on how to create a variety of seamless textures and backgrounds all in Adobe Illustrator.

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100+ Free Vintage Badges That Are All the Rage!

vintage labelsRetro styled and vintage badges and labels are very popular among designers these days. They can add a classic feeling to any web or print project, especially if they are paired with great typography. And they’re even better when they’re free! Check out this collection of 100+ free vintage badges and labels and start using them in your next projects.
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