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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    krishna December 12th

    Thanks for this cool tip. Tweeted this one 🙂

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    dn06se December 19th

    yeah, this is a very cool trick. i never thought of this before. thanks for ur effort. love it…

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    Nicole December 28th

    Another great Tutorial, I was trying it with Brushes, but only got a messy result. Thanks a lot!

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    Omair Rais December 31st

    Thanks for the tutorials.

    Omair Rais.

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    nice effect I like.. thanks

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    Thank you for the tutorials.

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    Just stumbled across your site, and love your work.

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    mommaroodles October 11th

    Thanks for the tuts – really helping me a lot 🙂 My CS3 version though is not letting me drag the the stroke properties below the fill 🙁 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 🙁

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    Sofia November 14th

    to mommaroodles: “My CS3 version though is not letting me drag the the stroke properties below the fill 🙁 ”

    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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    really, awesome,,,,such small tutorial and a log of learning….really…keep it up.

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