How to Create a Casino Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

In the following steps you will learn how to create a casino text effect in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shapes using a free font and basic vector shape-building techniques. 

Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel, you will learn how to stylize shapes and compound paths. You will also learn how to save gradients and graphic styles and how to easily apply them later. 

Moving on, you will learn how to add subtle highlights using simple effects and basic blending techniques. Finally, you will learn how to add a subtle texture for the entire illustration.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final text effect, you can find plenty of resources at GraphicRiver.

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, enter 850 in the Width box and 610 in the Height box, and then click that More Settings button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi) and then click the Create Document button.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid) and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides > Grid, and 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 can learn more about Illustrator’s grid system in this short tutorial from Andrei Stefan: Understanding Adobe Illustrator’s Grid System.

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.

setup grid

2. How to Create the Background and Add Text

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and focus on your toolbar. Remove the color from the Stroke and then select the Fill and set its color to R=42 G=47 B=66. Move to your artboard and simply create an 860 x 620 px rectangle—the grid and the Snap to Grid should make this easier.

Make sure that your rectangle stays selected and open the Align panel (Window > Align). Select Align to Artboard from that drop-down menu and then click the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons to easily center your selection.

Move to the Layers panel (Window > Layers), select the existing layer, and simply Lock your shape to make sure that you don’t accidentally select/move it.

add a rectangle

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) and open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character). Select the BudmoJiggler-Regular font, and set the Size to 150 px and the Tracking to 30. Add the „CASINO SLOTS” text, set the color to white, and center it.

type tool for text

3. How to Create the Main Shapes

Step 1

Make sure that your text stays selected and go to Type > Create Outlines (Shift-Control-O). Open the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder), click the Divide button, and then Ungroup your group using the Shift-Control-G keyboard shortcut.

create the main shapes

Step 2

Focus on the Layers panel, open the existing layer, and you should find a bunch of shapes that do not have a color set for Fill or Stroke (basically invisible). Select one of these shapes from the Layers panel and then go to Select > Same > Appearance to easily select all the shapes with identical Appearance attributes. Fill these shapes with a random blue.

select similar shapes

Step 3

Select the three shapes highlighted in the first image and remove them using the Delete key.

delete three shapes

Step 4

Select all those blue shapes and Group them (Control-G). Make sure that this new group is selected and add a Copy in Front (Control-C > Control-F). Select this group copy along with the white shapes and click the Unite button from the Pathfinder panel.

Ungroup (Shift-Control-G) the resulting white shapes. Move to the Layers panel, select the remaining group of blue shapes, and bring it to front (Shift-Control-]).

unite the white shapes

Step 5

Select the six white shapes that make up your top word and hit Control-8 (or go to Object > Compound Path > Make) to turn them into a compound path. Move to the bottom word, select the white shapes, and turn them into a second compound path.

create a compound path

4. How to Create and Use the First Graphic Style

Step 1

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Select the Fill and simply replace the color with the Linear Gradient shown below.

add a linear gradient

Step 2

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and add a second Fill using the Add New Fill button.

Drag your new fill below the existing one, apply the Linear Gradient shown below, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset, set the Joins to Round, and click OK. Keep in mind that the blue numbers from the Gradient window stand for Location percentage. With this bottom fill still selected, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 0.2 px, enter 60 in that Copies box, and then click the OK button.

transform the fill

Step 3

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and add a third Fill using that same Add New Fill button.

Drag your new fill below the existing ones, apply the Linear Gradient shown below, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset, set the Joins to Round, and click that OK button. Next, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 13 px and then click OK.

With this bottom fill still selected, go to the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches), and click New Swatch to quickly save your yellow Linear Gradient.

save gradient

Step 4

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and add a fourth Fill.

Drag this new fill below the existing ones, set the color to R=24 G=27 B=36, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset, set the Joins to Round, and click that OK button. Next, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 15 px, click OK, and then go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

add a drop shadow

Step 5

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel and add a fifth Fill.

Drag this new fill below the existing ones and set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Lower its Opacity to 15%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 7 px Offset, set the Joins to Round, and click OK. Next, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 14 px and click OK.

add a black fill

Step 6

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and add a sixth Fill.

Drag this new fill below the existing ones and apply the linear gradient shown below. Lower its Opacity to 75%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and keep in mind that the yellow zero stands for Opacity percentage. With this bottom fill still selected, go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset, click the OK button, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 50 px, click the OK button, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter an 8 px Radius and click OK.

add another linear gradient

Step 7

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel and select the existing Stroke. Set the color to R=35 G=31 B=32, lower its Opacity to 70%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then click that „Stroke” piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 2 px and then check the Round Join and Align Stroke to Inside buttons.

add a black stroke

Step 8

Make sure that your bottom compound path stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel and add a second Stroke using the Add New Stroke button.

Select this new stroke, apply your yellow Linear Gradient from the Swatches panel, and then open the Stroke fly-out panel. Set the Weight to 1 px and then check the Round Join and Align Stroke to Outside buttons.

stroke with a linear gradient

Step 9

Make sure that your bottom compound path is still selected, open the Graphic Styles panel (Window > Graphic Styles), and click New Graphic Style. Move to your top compound path, select it, and simply apply your graphic style from the Graphic Styles panel.

new graphic style

5. How to Create and Use the Second Graphic Style

Step 1

Reselect your group of blue circles and Ungroup it (Shift-Control-G). Focus on one of those blue circles, select it, and replace the blue with the Radial Gradient shown in the following image. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to adjust the size and position of your gradient as shown below.

add a radial gradient

Step 2

Make sure that your yellow circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the Fill and Duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button.

Select the newly added fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the left window (in the following image), click the OK button, and then go again to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the attributes shown in the other window and then click OK.

duplicate selected item

Step 3

Make sure that your yellow circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Select the bottom fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Outer Glow. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and then click OK.

add an outer glow

Step 4

Make sure that your yellow circle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel.

Select the stroke, set the color to R=35 G=31 B=32, and open the Stroke fly-out panel. Be sure that the Weight is set to 1 px and check the Align Stroke to Outside button. Lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Vertical slider to 1 px and then click OK.

add a stroke

Step 5

Make sure that your yellow circle is still selected, go to the Graphic Styles panel, and save your second graphic style. Select all your blue circles and apply this second graphic style.

new graphic style

6. How to Add Subtle Highlights

Step 1

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 10 px circle and fill it with white (R=255 G=255 B=255). Lower its Opacity to 80%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat. Drag that slider to -80% and then click that OK button. Multiply this tiny circle (Control-C > Control-F) and spread the copies as shown in the second image.

apply pucker bloat

Step 2

Using the Ellipse Tool (L), create an 80 px circle and place it roughly as shown in the first image. Fill it with the Radial Gradient shown below and focus on the Appearance panel. Don’t forget that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage. Select the fill, change its Blending Mode to Overlay, and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter an 18 px Radius and then click OK.

apply gaussian blur

Step 3

Make sure that your fresh circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and Duplicate the existing Fill. Select this new fill, lower its Opacity to 80%, and click the existing Gaussian Blur effect to open it. Lower the Radius to 9 px and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a -10 px Offset and then click OK.

apply more gaussian blur

Step 4

Make sure that your fresh circle stays selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and Duplicate the top Fill. Select this new fill, lower its Opacity to 60%, and open the existing Gaussian Blur effect. Lower the Radius to 5 px and then open the existing Offset Path effect. Enter a -20 px Offset and then click OK.

Duplicate this circle and place the copy as shown in the second image.

apply gaussian blur to the circle

7. How to Add Shading and a Subtle Texture

Step 1

Using the Rectangle Tool (M), create a new 860 x 620 px shape, and center it. Fill it with the Radial Gradient shown below and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Remember that the yellow zero from the Gradient image stands for Opacity percentage, and use the Gradient Tool (G) to stretch your gradient roughly as shown in the following image.

dark radial gradient

Step 2

Make sure that your newest rectangle stays selected and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a second Fill and select it. Set the color to black, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Enter the attributes shown in the following image and click OK.

film grain

Congratulations! You’re Done!

Here’s how it should look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at GraphicRiver with interesting solutions to improve your design.

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