Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Hey Art lovers, you must have seen many text effects in Illustrator which strike your attention. So here I am with one such text effect in Illustrator which you can use in some nature or organic-based art project.

In today’s tutorial, we will make Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator with the help of an image, Pen Tool, Shape Builder Tool, Type Tool, and Clipping Mask.

leaf text symbols

Start with the tutorial by launching Adobe Illustrator and creating a new document.

Now follow the below steps :

Step 1

 First of all select an image for your artwork and place it on the artboard.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Select the image and press Ctrl + C to copy the image and then press Ctrl + B to paste the image at back.

The image pasted at the back will be selected this time so to lock that image press Ctrl + 2.

Step 2

Now select the Type Tool and type a letter on the image. Place the letter properly on the image and increase the font size.

After that, select the text and press Shift + Ctrl + O to make it an editable text.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Let the letter be selected and press Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 8 to Release Compound Path.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

After releasing the Compound Path, press Shift + Ctrl + G to Ungroup the letter.

Step 3

Now press Shift + X to Swap Fill and Stroke.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Now select the Pen Tool and draw outline of the leaves which you want to include in your Leaf Text Effect.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

I have given it different stroke color to make it visible for you.

Step 5

Now select the paths drawn with the help of Pen Tool and the outer layer of your text. We will now remove extra paths with the help of Shape Builder Tool.

Select the Shape Builder Tool and press & hold Alt key. Now drag the cursor on the paths which are inside the text layer.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 6

We will create a Clipping Mask in this step but before that we have to make a Compound Path.

Select paths of leaves and press Ctrl + 8 to Make Compound Path. Then select the image and the Compound Path and press Ctrl + 7 to Make Clipping Mask.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now the image has got clipped and image which you are seeing in the background is the image which we had pasted in the back.

Step 7

Now draw a rectangle same as the size of the artboard with the help of Rectangle Tool.

Fill the rectangle with color #f6e8d7.

Go in the LayerPanel and select the rectangle layer then drag it and place it above the image layer.

Note: This layer should be above the image layer and below the text layer.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the rectangle and the outer layer of the letter. Open the Pathfinder Panel (Shift + Ctrl + F9) and select Minus Front.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Step 8

Now change the fill color of the inner layer of the letter and apply Drop Shadow Effect to the leaves.

Leaf Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

This is how you can make leaf text effect. Now practice this tutorial with some other letter and share your leaf drawing with us.

Also, share this tutorial with others.

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