In this tutorial, we are going to use Transfuchsian’s 100% vector glitter patterns to create a fun invitation design with glitter text.
To begin, if you haven’t already, purchase and download the glitter pattern set by clicking the button below. Make sure you extract the .ZIP file.
Step 1: Start by creating a new document. I have set mine up at 5 x 7 inches, which is a standard invitation size. I am going to start by setting up the thick lines for my background. Using the rectangle tool (M) draw out a rectangle that spans the width of your artboard.
Step 2: Make a few copies of this shape and distribute them down your artboard. After you have made a few copies to fill up the page, select them all and through the Align Panel, click “Horizontal Align Center” and “Vertical Distribute Center”. This will make sure they are all lined up properly.
Step 3: In the SWATCHES palette, click on the Menu > Open Swatch Library > Other Library. Navigate to where you saved the glitter patterns and open the file “GlitterPatternSwatches”.
Step 4: Select all of your rectangles (make sure you have the fill selected, and not the stroke) and apply one of the patterns to the shapes. I am using #7 here.
Step 5: Make a copy of this layer by dragging the layer down to the New Layer icon at the bottom of your Layer panel. In the Swatches palette, click on the Menu > Open Swatch Library > Other Library and open “GemsandMetalGradients”. With the rectangles from our copied layer selected (make sure you are using the top copy), we are going to apply one of the gradient. For this example I am using “Gold”. Change the Transparency mode to Overlay at 70%.
Step 6: Create a new layer on top of the other two layers. I am going to create a simple placard in white to hold the text. I start by drawing out a rectangle that is going to cover most of the space. Fill this rectangle with the same gold gradient. Using the Gradient tool (G). Click the upper left of the rectangle and drag down to the lower right to change the direction of the gradient.
Step 7: Make a copy of the gold gradient background and paste it in front. Change the color to white and re-size so you have just a small gold border.
Step 8: Create a new Layer for your glitter text. Type out the message you want to use. In my example I am using a font called “Great Vibes” which can be found on FontSquirrel.com
Step 9: Before I apply any of the patterns, I want to fit my text together a little better. To do this, I first have to expand my type (Type > Create Outlines). I then use the Pencil (N) tool to draw out some extra flourishes to connect the letters. You can see where I have added some extra swirls in red.
Step 10: When you are happy with your swirls, you will most likely have to cut apart some of the original letters so it all fits together. To do this, simply grab the direct select tool (A) and delete any of the nodes that cause the letters to stick out.
Step 11: Once you have cleaned up, select both the swirls and original letters and through the pathfinder, click UNITE.
Step 12: Apply one of the glitter patterns to your text. I am still using #7, however I am going to make the pattern a little smaller within the text. To do this, simply right click on your text after you have applied the gradient and go to Transform > Scale. Under Options, un-click “Scale Strokes & Effects” and “Objects” so that only “Patterns” is checked. Click the Preview button on so you can see your changes. I have lowered mine down to 50%. Click OK when you are done.
Step 13: Make a copy of the text layer and make sure it is above the original. Apply the same gold gradient to the new layer and change the Transparency to Overlay. Lower the opacity to around 70%.
Step 14: Make another copy of the text layer and place it above all the others. Remove the fill color and change the stroke color to #846A2A and set the Transparency to “Color Burn” at 100%.
Step 15: Add in the rest of your text and you are done. I applied the gold gradient to some of the words to help tie it all in.
If you decide to change colors, you can do so very easily by just changing out the color on the gradient layers. If you have all of your layers unlocked, simply click on one of the objects that has the gradient applied and then go to Select > Same > Fill Color. This will select all of the gradient objects, which will allow you to change their colors all at once.
Here is the gradient changed to the Dark Turquoise:
Again, you can purchase the complete 100% glitter patterns and swatches by clicking the button below: