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How to Create a Stipple Effect for Editable Text

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Effects/ Comments: 0
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Today you will learn how to create a simple Stipple effect, which is applicable to editable text. To create this effect, it only takes a few seconds, thanks to a new Stipplism plug-in. Difficult manual work that takes hours of effort and years of practice has been replaced by the selection of parameters and clicking OK button. So let’s stipple fast!

Step 1

Take the Type Tool (T) and create some text, for example Stipple. Here I used Harlow Solid font.

Disable the black fill in the Tools panel and open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Add a new fill here by clicking on the appropriate button in the panel, and then apply the linear gradient to this fill, which consists of white, black and gray sliders.

Step 2

Now, let’s apply the Stipple effect to the gradient fill. Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots (Wikipedia). Such an opportunity will become available after the installation of the Stipplism plug-in. Select the text and fill in the Appearance panel, then go to Effect > Stipplism > Stipple…. In the opened dialog box set: Density = 100%; Quality = 7; Dot Size = 1.5px; and tick Preview option.

After a few seconds the Gradient fill turned into a set of dots, which with their density transmits the halftone nature of the gradient. At the same time points are arranged as if they were created by the hand of an artist. But for such work it would take more time and a lot of experience.

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