Illustrator Trick #10: Stitched Text Effect



Here is a very quick trick to create a stitched text effect using strokes in the Appearance Palette. First, type your text and go to the appearance window. Set the Fill to white and Stoke to green. Drag your Stroke properties below the Fill. Open up your Stroke Palette and set weight to 2pt and remember to tick Dashed Line to create the dotted effect. Next, set the dash to 2.

Now, we will add another thick stroke around the dotted lines. Click the options in the Appearance window (the triangle at top right corner). Select Add Stroke. Drag it under the dashed stroke you have created just now. Set the Stroke to 8 and change it to grey color. And now you will get the stitched text effect as shown above. Have fun!

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  1. Thanks for the tuts – really helping me a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ My CS3 version though is not letting me drag the the stroke properties below the fill ๐Ÿ™ not sure what I’m doing wrong. I type the text went to the appearance window. At this stage the all the text is still selected. In the Appearance pallete it shows Characters and Default Transparencey, the minute I click on the characters the text is no longer selected, it shows the stroke first then the fill beneath it and it wont let me drag the stroke below the fill ๐Ÿ™

  2. to mommaroodles: “My CS3 version though is not letting me drag the the stroke properties below the fill ๐Ÿ™ ”

    Oh, i know this problem! My CS4 don’t let me do this too.
    I so have solved this problem. Has selected (V) this text and from panel Appearence has selected on the right a dark triangle and has selected “Add New Stroke”. Have appeared Stroke and Fill which can be moved. And those Stroke and Fill which were by default at me don’t move. Having made all that is necessary with “good” Stroke and Fill, I have once again made “Add New Stroke” for thick grey Stroke.

    Good luck!

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