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Today you will learn how to create a dripping text effect using the Symbol Stipple feature in Stipplism, Appearance panel and native Illustrator’s feature. I hope that you have already experienced Stipplism if not, download 14 day free trial now!
Take the Type Tool (T) and create arbitrary text, this is what we will be working with. For these purposes, I used Open Sans free font.
Turn off the fill for the text in the Tools panel and open the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance …).
Add a new red fill in the Appearance panel.
Create a few drops of different shapes that will be flowing down from the text. You can draw them with the Pencil Tool (N), or Dynamic Sketch Tool.
Add on some drops a few light pink glares and group up (Cmd / Ctrl + G) each glare with a drop on which it is located.)
Save any drop as a new symbol in the Symbols panel (Window > Symbols), in the opened dialog box select the upper central registration point.
The remaining drops will be the variants of the first symbol. Select them, then go to Object > Create Symbol Variants…, select the desired base symbol from the drop-down list in the dialog box.
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