Combine glyphs to create a design from decades past.

Now try it yourself

Open make-a-retro-tee-graphic_practice.ai from the practice files.

 

1. If you do not have the Funkydori font from Adobe Fonts synced to your computer, Illustrator will prompt you to activate it. Click on Activate Fonts from the pop-up window to activate the required font.

2. Select the Text tool from the toolbar and mark the letter t of the word Stay. Select the fourth glyph from the options that pop up.

 

Tip: If alternate glyphs are available within a font a pop up appears and offers alternative versions of the letter to choose from.

3. Deselect the t of the word Stay. Click on the Text Tool from the toolbar and drag open a new text field next to the word Stay.

4. On the main menu choose Type then select Glyphs from the drop-down menu. Make sure that Funkydori font is selected on the character panel. On the Glyphs panel select Ornaments from the Show drop-down menu.

5. Mark the placeholder text by using the key combination Control/Command + A. Double-click on the 6th ornament to replace the placeholder text.

6. To copy color and format from the existing text use the Eyedropper Tool from the toolbar and click on a part of the word Stay. 

7. Use the Selection tool and rearrange the two words and the ornament by dragging them into a position like in the picture below. 

8. Use Selection Tool and shift + click the text objects and the ornament, then choose Object from the main menu and select Group.

9. From the Quick Actions section on the Properties panel select Create Outlines.

10. Keep the text and ornament selected and choose Unite – the first icon in the Pathfinder section of the Properties panel.

11.  Using the Selection Tool drag the sunset from the right to the left artboard, over the words and ornament. Then right click on it and select Arrange -- Send to Back from the pop-up menu.

Add a drop shadow and highlights

12. With the Selection Tool click on a word to select the group. Then Click on Effect

on the main menu and select Stylize -- Drop Shadow. On the Drop Shadow window change the shadow color to White, set Mode to Normal, Opacity to 100% and X/Y Offsets to 4px. To apply the settings click OK.

 

Tip: If inches instead of pixels are shown as units on the Drop Shadow window change this by pressing Crtl + K to access the Preferences menu. Click on Units then choose Pixels from the General drop-down.

13. Hold the alt key and move your mouse wheel forward to zoom in. Click and hold the Paintbrush Tool on the toolbar, then select the Pencil Tool from the context menu. Draw some highlights with the Pencil Tool like in the picture below.

 

Tip: In the Appearance section make sure that Fill is set to none and Stroke is set to White and 3px.

14. Choose the Width Tool from toolbar. Then click + hold on the highlights you've just created and move the mouse back to change the width.

That's it! Now it's your turn to create a retro tee graphic in 60 seconds with Illustrator. Download the assets or use your own and share your image on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithIllustrator to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.

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