How to create a chiseled text effect in Adobe Illustrator

Text in Illustrator can be worked upon and given various effects to produce different outputs. One such effect is to create a chiseled effect in Adobe Illustrator.
To learn how to create a chiseled effect in Adobe Illustrator follow the steps below.


Step # 1 – Create the background
First create a background by making a rectangle using the shape tool. Insert a soft color in the background. You can even leave the background as white.

Make the background

Step # 2 – Insert text
Now insert text on to the page. Over here the font type is “Helvetica-Normal” and the font size is “100pt”.

Enter the text

Step # 3 – Remove color of the fill
Now remove color from the text by going to the color box at the bottom of the tool panel and clicking on the “none” option; that is the white box with a red diagonal line on it.

Delete the color of the fill

Step # 4 – Add new fill
While selecting the text box go to the appearance panel, click the drop down arrow on the right and add a new fill. Enter color into this using “ED2224″ for the fill.

Insert new fill

Step # 5 – Add “inner glow” effect
Next step is to add an effect to this fill. For that go to the “effect” menu, go to “stylize” and select the “inner glow” option. Once the settings for this open, choose the “normal” for the mode, keep the opacity at “90%” and the blur at “2px”. This can vary according to the size of your text. Click on “center” and press “ok” to continue.

Insert the “inner glow” effect

Step # 6 – Add effect to another fill
Next, add another fill and use “BE2026″ for the color fill. Keep selecting it and go to the “effect” menu. From there drop down to “distort and transform” and then click on the “transform” option. In its settings change the vertical move to “2″.

Insert another fill with the transform effect

Step # 7 – Insert a third fill
Add another fill and keep its color white. Add the transform effect the same way by going to, effect> distort and transform, and choosing the transform option. In the transform settings change the vertical move to “-2″.

Add a third fill