[Illustrator] Gutenberg – Letterpress Action
Conceived to give an handmade letterpress look to your fonts, logos or shapes, “Gutenberg – Letterpress Action” gives the opportunity to quickly texturize your design.
Composed by 10 Graphic Styles and 1 Adobe Illustrator Action, no particular tweaks are required.
- Files included: Gutenberg Letterpress – Action, Gutenberg Letterpress – Styles
- Formats: .aia, .ai
How to use
- Let’s start with setting up a new document.
(File > New)
- Ensure that the following panels are showing properly on your workspace.
(Window > Actions, Appearance, Graphic Styles, Image Trace)
- In order to load the action, as showed on the preview image, click on the down arrow in the Actions panel, then click “Load Actions…” from the dropdown menu.
Now select “Gutenberg Letterpress – Action.aia”, which is located in the root of the folder you have downloaded and hit ok.
- In order to load graphic styles, as showed on the preview image, click on the down arrow in the Graphic Styles panel, then go to “Open Graphic Style Library > Other Library” from the dropdown menu.
Now select “Gutenberg Letterpress – Styles.ai”, which is located in the root of the folder you have downloaded and hit ok.
- Type the text (with a minimum of 72pt or larger) which you want to texturize.
6. Select one of the 10 graphic styles.
- In order to rasterize the type with the applied texture, click “Play” on the Action Panel, as showed on the preview image.
- Set up a “Gutenberg” preset in Image Trace panel then save it with the name “Gutenberg – Letterpress”, which is useful to have for other future projects.
(Add the exact values and options as showed on the preview image)
- We’re now going to trace the rasterized text with the previously saved preset.
Please select “Gutenberg – Letterpress” preset then optionally adjust the threshold slider to show more or less texture details.
- Once you got your desired result, we’re going to “Expand” the rasterized text into an editable vector.
Hit the “Expand” button as showed on the preview image.
Warning: Certain fonts may not support the effect “Round Corners”, giving back undesired results. If you want to avoid that, select a graphic style then go to Appearance Menu panel and disable the previously mentioned effect, as
showed on the preview image.
Warning: Sometimes Graphic Styles seem to not apply properly, we strongly advise to ungroup all the available objects and then apply again the style of your choice.