“We live in hard times, so we have to learn how to fake our gold and diamonds,” says Polish illustrator Karol Gadzala. In this Illustrator tutorial, he reveals how to add bling to typography, while retaining a sense of fun. The ‘off-axis front’ perspective, vector look and repeated elements give it a style that draws on 16-bit computer games.

Karol explains how to extrude type in 3D, apply metallic materials to give it a golden sheen, and add gems, sparkles and gleams. The look is totally over the top, but retains an innocence that stops it looking cheesy.

Time to complete

2-3 hours

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