How to Make Parchment Like Lettering in Illustrator

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Making parchment paper in Illustrator is a great way to give your document a little more visual flair. Make parchment like lettering in Illustrator with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a Graphic Artist, and I'm going to show you how to make parchment paper in Illustrator. So, the first thing you're going to want to do is go over to your tool bar and select the rectangle tool or you can push M. And I'm just going to drag this across my paper and you're going to want to choose like a creamy color like something papery; in fact I can make it a little bit lighter. And then, you want to go to effect and you can go to, let's try, let's try the artistics and see what we got on there. Actually, we're going to use under sketch. You can go to water paper and this will just give you a, a kind of, I really like a papery look, just by that cross-hatching. So, then, it's going to take a couple of seconds. Then, you got your parchment paper. And now, we're going to add some text to it. So, I'm just going to put some sample text and then you can go to font and you can pick whichever you want. I'm going to see if there's a, we're going to want this to look a lot like parchment. So, we're going to want to select a little bit like fancy handwriting, something like that. Yeah! Okay. And then, you can go to your little colors and for whatever reason, you can't find the color you want, you can go to your swatches panel and in the right here, you can select this menu that pops up and you can go to all these different colors and I'm going to choose nature stone and brick just because it gives me some nice, some nice colors. And then, I'm going to choose this color. And then, if you want your parchment to look slightly fancier, you can add some elegant curl with either the line tool or the brush tool, it's really up to you. But, I'm going to use the line tool and just make sure that your fill button is off and you can select whatever color you want. I'm going to select, select this color and then I chose this design which is under open brush library. If you go to decorative, I like it curl and floral and floral brush set. This little brush set will pop up and I'm going to choose this little piece right here, put across like that. I might to make it a little bigger. And sometimes it won't do it right away, you'll have to select your line and then you'll have to select the design of it. And there you have it, you've got a nice piece of parchment paper with lovely text. And that is how you make parchment paper in Illustration. My name is Alex, thank you very much.

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