How to Create a Sari-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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What You’ll Be Creating

In
this tutorial you will learn how to draw a text effect inspired by
the stunning sari/saree clothing. The color theme here is bright pink
and gold. There are plenty of details and plenty of Illustrator
brushes and effects that we’ll use to create the beautiful
decorations and silky texture, so follow along and learn some new techniques.

If
you are hungry for more text effects, make sure to check out
GraphicRiver and you’ll surely find what you are looking for there. 

1. How
to Open a New Document 

Launch
Illustrator
and
go to
File
> New
to
open a blank document. Type a name for your file, set up the
dimensions, and then select
Pixels
as
Units
and
RGB
as
Color
Mode
.
Make sure that
Align
New Objects to Pixel Grid
is
not checked.

Next,
go to
Edit
> Preferences > General
and
set the
Keyboard
Increment
to
1
px
and
while there, go to
Units
to
make sure they are set as in the following image. I usually work with
these settings, and they will help you throughout the drawing process. 

how to open new illustrator document

2. How
to Create the Sari Text

Step
1

Copy
the text “
साड़ी“, which is the Hindi word for sariand
Paste it on your artboard using the Type Tool (T). You most likely
will see squares instead of the text, but change the font to “Nirmala
UI”, Bold, size of 220 pt. This is a Microsoft font that comes with the Windows OS, and
this is the only font in my collection that allows me to see the
Hindi characters. You can download it from here or here
.

Another option is to simply use the word Sari or Saree.

Use
the Selection Tool (V) to select the text and drag it a little to the
right to make it wider.

how to type Hindi word for Sari

Step
2

While
the text is still selected, choose Expand from the Object menu and
then Ungroup (Shift-Control-G). You will get the individual pieces of
text. Throughout this tutorial, I will refer to the pink character as
piece 1” of text, to the orange character as “piece 2” of
text, and the green, blue and red ones as “piece
3
”, “piece 4” and “piece 5” respectively.

As
you can see, the pieces of text are overlapping at the top, especially
the orange and green pieces. You need to fix that. Grab the Direct
Selection Tool (A)
and use it to select only the top left anchor
points of the orange piece and move them towards the inside, up to the pink edge. Continue
with the top right points and move them up to the green edge. Repeat
the same thing between the green and blue pieces.

Fill
the newly obtained text with bright pink.

how to adjust the sari text

3. How
to Create the Golden Border Around the Sari Text

Step
1

Copy
and Paste in Back (Control-B) all five pieces of text and remove the
fill color. Select a 1.5 pt beige Stroke and press the Align Stroke
to Outside
icon in the Stroke panel. While this Stroke attribute
stays selected in the Appearance panel, go to Effect > Path >
Offset Path
and apply an Offset of 1 px.

Add
a New Stroke at the bottom of the Appearance panel and select a 1 pt
light brown Outside Stroke. Apply an Offset of 2.5 px this time.

Add
a New Stroke at the top of the Appearance panel and select a 1
pt Outside Stroke
.

how to create the golden border around the sari text

Step
2

Let’s
create a mask shape now. Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V)
the five pieces of text, remove the fill color, and select a 3.5 pt
Outside Stroke
which is the exact thickness of the golden border.
Choose Expand Appearance from the Object menu in order to turn the
strokes into fills. While the resulting blue borders stay selected,
go to Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge them
into a single compound shape (1).

Grab
the Rectangle Tool (M) and draw a rectangle between the inside points
of the blue border as shown (2). Now, select the blue compound path
along with this rectangle and press Minus Front in the Pathfinder
panel. As a result, you will get rid of the small segments of blue
border that were on the inside (3).

how to create a mask shape for the golden border around sari text

Step
3

Take
the Pencil Tool (N) and draw a random wavy path following the golden
border of the first piece of text (1). Do the same thing for the
other pieces of text (2).

Stroke
these wavy paths with the Watercolor -Blend Art Brush that you can
find in the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic >
Artistic_Watercolor
. Keep the Stroke Weight at 1 pt and then go to
Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a Radius of 2 px. Set
the Blending Mode to Color Burn (3).

how to create shading on golden border around sari text

Step
4

Now,
select the mask shape from earlier (which must be in front of
everything and set to stroke-none, fill-none (1)) along with all the
wavy paths, and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7).
As a result, the shading details will be visible only on the golden
border (2). You can see a before and after in the close-ups.

how to mask the golden border around sari text

4. How
to Create the Golden Decorative Stripe on the Sari Text

Step
1

First,
let’s define where the decorations will go. Use the Rectangle Tool
(M)
to draw a rectangle with a size of about 575 x 88 px over the
text (1).

Fill
the rectangle with the color indicated and then add a New Fill above.
Use the Leaves Tropical Color Pattern that you can find in the Swatch
Libraries menu > Patterns > Nature > Nature_Foliage
. Set the
Blending Mode to Hard Light and reduce the Opacity to 45% (2).

With
the rectangle still selected, go to Object > Transform > Scale,
type 50% in the Scale field, and make sure to check only the Patterns
option. Hit OK and the pattern will be smaller (3).

how to create the pattern rectangle on sari text

Step
2

Select
the five pieces of text and then Copy and Paste in Place
(Shift-Control-V)
to make copies of them in front of everything. Go
to Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8) to merge them into
a single shape and set it to stroke-none and fill-none (1).

Now,
select the pattern rectangle along with the newly obtained compound
path and go to Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7) (2).

how to mask the pattern rectangle on sari text

Step
3

Use
the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Segment Tool (\) to draw a straight path
over the text. Give it a 2 pt warm brown Stroke and select the Gold
Leaf Pattern Brush
from the Brush Libraries menu > Borders >
Borders_Decorative
. Open the Stroke Options window and set the
Colorization Method to Tints and Shades so the brush becomes warm
brown as well. Move this path under the mask that you created in
the previous step (1).

While
this Stroke attribute stays selected in the Appearance panel, go to
Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform and type -45 px in
the Move Vertical field. This will move the brush stroke upwards and
should go exactly up to the edge of the pattern rectangle (2).

how to create the decorative stripe on the sari text

Step
4

Add
a New Stroke under the first in the Appearance panel and use the
Floral 1 Pattern Brush from the Brush Libraries menu > Borders >
Borders_Decorative
. Set the Stroke Weight to 0.75 pt and then set the
Colorization Method to Tints and Shades in the Stroke Options window
again to change the color of the brush.

While
this Stroke attribute stays selected in the Appearance panel, apply
the Transform effect again, and this time type -15 px in the Move
Vertical
field.

how to add the second brush on the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
5

Add
a New Stroke at the bottom of the Appearance panel and use the Leaf
Pattern Pattern Brush
from the Brush Libraries menu > Decorative >
Elegant Curl & Floral Brush Set
. Set the Stroke Weight to 0.5 pt.
The Colorization Method is set to Tints by default, so you don’t have
to change it this time.

While
this Stroke attribute stays selected in the Appearance panel, apply
the Transform effect and type -33 px in the Move Vertical field. This
will move the brush right under the long stripe at the top of the text.

how to add the third brush on the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
6

Add
a New Stroke at the bottom of the Appearance panel and use the Rococo
Pattern Brush
from the Brush Libraries menu > Borders >
Borders_Decorative
. Keep the Stroke Weight at 1 pt. Open the Stroke
Options
window, set the Colorization Method to Tints and Shades, and
use the color indicated. Apply the Transform effect and type 5 px in
the Move Vertical field.

how to add the fourth brush on the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
7

Add
a New Stroke and the last one at the bottom of the Appearance panel
and use the Scallopped Pattern Pattern Brush from the Brush
Libraries menu > Decorative > Elegant Curl & Floral Brush
Set
. Reduce the Stroke Weight to 0.75 pt. Apply the Transform effect
and type 15 px in the Move Vertical field.

At
this point, the decorative stripe is ready.

how to add the fifth brush on the decorative stripe on sari text

5. How
to Create Shading & Highlights on the Sari Text

Step
1

Select
all five pieces of text and then Copy and Paste in Place
(Shift-Control-V)
to make copies of them in front of everything. Fill
the copies with a linear gradient called Tin from the Swatch
Libraries menu > Gradients > Metals
. Next, go to Effect >
Sketch > Chrome
and apply the settings shown. Set the Blending
Mode
to Overlay and reduce the Opacity to 55%. As a result, you will
get the appearance of shading and highlights on the text.

how to apply chrome effect on sari text

Step
2

Take
the Pen Tool (P) and draw the four paths on the first piece of text.
Give them a 5 pt black Stroke and use the Tapered Blend Art Brush
that I’ve shown how to create and save in step 10 of the Candy Monster Character
tutorial. 

Next, go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur
and apply a Radius of 3 px. Set the Blending Mode to Multiply and
reduce the Opacity to 75%. The green path is set to 55%.

how to create shading on the first piece of sari text

Step
3

Select
the first piece of text and then Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V)
to make a copy of it in front of everything. Set this copy to
stroke-none and fill-none.

Now,
select this copy along with the piece of text with the Chrome effect
applied to it and the four paths from the previous step and go to
Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7).

how to mask shading on the first piece of sari text

Step
4

Use
the technique explained in the previous two steps and create some
shading for the other pieces of text.

how to create shading on other pieces of sari text

6. How
to Create Shading & Highlights on the Golden Decorative Stripe

Step
1

Let’s
create the mask shape first. Select the path with all the decorative
strokes applied to it and then Copy and Paste in Place
(Shift-Control-V)
to make a copy of it in front of everything. From
the Object menu, choose Expand Appearance and then Compound Path >
Make (Control-8)
(1).

Select
the four pieces of text and Copy and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V)
to make copies of them in front. Go to Object > Compound Path >
Make (Control-8)
to merge them into a single shape (2).

Now,
select these two new compound paths and press Intersect in the
Pathfinder panel. You can see the resulting shape in the image below
(3).

how to create a mask shape for the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
2

Use
the Pencil Tool (N) to draw a random wavy path over the decorative
stripe. Give it a 1 pt black Stroke and use the Watercolor – Blend
Art Brush
from the Brush Libraries menu > Artistic >
Artistic_Watercolor
. Apply a 5 px Gaussian Blur; then set the
Blending Mode to Color Burn and the Opacity to 75%.

how to create shading on the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
3

Copy
and
Paste
in Front (Control-F)

the wavy path from the previous step and choose Flip Vertical from
the fly-out menu of the Transform panel. Change the stroke color to
white and the Blending Mode to Overlay at 100% Opacity.

how to create highlights on the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
4

Now,
select the two wavy paths along with the mask shape made earlier,
which should be in front and set to stroke-none, fill-none and go to
Object > Clipping Mask > Make (Control-7). You will get a
notification saying that the mask shape is very complex, but do it
anyway.

how to mask shading  highlights on the decorative stripe on sari text

Step
5

Here
is a before and after GIF so you can see the difference better.

before and after shading  highlights on decorative stripe on sari text

7. How
to Create the Inner Shadow on the Sari Text

Select
all five pieces of text and then Copy and Paste in Place
(Shift-Control-V)
to make copies of them in front of everything.
After that, go to Object > Compound Path > Make (Control-8)
(1).

Fill
the newly obtained shape with white; then go to Effect > Stylize >
Inner Glow
and apply the settings shown. Set the Blending Mode to
Multiply but only for the Fill attribute because this way the white
will become transparent but you will still be able to see the inner
shadow (2).

how to create inner shadow on sari text

8. How
to Add Shine on the Sari Text

Use
the Pen Tool (P) to draw the following paths on the text.
Give them a 3 pt Stroke and use the Tapered Blend Art Brush again.
Apply a 3 px Gaussian Blur and then set the Blending Mode to Color
Dodge
.

how to create shine on sari text

9. How
to Create the Fabric Texture on the Sari Text

Copy
and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) the five pieces of text and
replace the fill color with light gray. Next, go to Effect >
Texture > Texturizer
and apply the settings shown. Set the
Blending Mode to Multiply and reduce the Opacity to about 10%. It
should be only slightly visible.

how to create the fabric texture on sari text

10. How
to Create Extra Decorations on the Sari Text

Step
1

Draw
a straight path with the Pen Tool (P) or the Line Segment Tool (\)
and use the Floral 1 Pattern Brush from the Brush Libraries menu >
Borders > Borders_Decorative
. Keep the Stroke Weight at 1 pt (1).

While
the path stays selected, choose Expand Appearance from the Object
menu and then select only the small shape in the center (2).

Make
a copy of this shape, Rotate it -30 degrees, and replace the existing
fill color with the linear gradient shown. Next, go to Effect >
Stylize > Drop Shadow
and apply this effect twice using the
settings shown below (3).

how to create extra golden decorations on sari text

Step
2

Multiply
the small golden decoration and align a few of the copies on each piece of
text.

how to arrange extra golden decorations on sari text

11. How
to Create the Shadow for the Sari Text

Copy
and Paste in Place (Shift-Control-V) the five pieces of text to make
copies of them and then go to Object > Compound Path > Make
(Control-8)
. Move the new compound path to a New Layer behind the
text effect (1).

Remove
the existing fill color and select a 3 pt Outside Stroke. Next, go to
Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and apply this effect four times
to create a shadow under the text (2).

how to create shadow under sari text

Here
are the settings for the Drop Shadow effects in order.

settings for drop shadow effects

Congratulations!
You’re Done!

The
sari-inspired text effect is ready now. I hope you learned new
techniques today that you’ll be able to apply to other text effects
and future projects.

If
you decide to recreate this effect, don’t forget to share an image because it will surely make my day.

sari inspired text effect final image