Intro

As Polish illustrator Karol Gadzala jokingly puts it: “We live in hard times, so we have to learn how to fake our gold and diamonds”. In this 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.

Gadzala 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

Software

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