Hatched drop shadow text effects are becoming more common in typefaces these days – Trend was one of the first to offer a layered font with a faux hatched drop shadow which motivated others to offer them. But what if you want a hatched drop shadow on the font you’re using, not trend? What if it’s for a one-off headline where lots of text doesn’t need it, it just needs to look beautiful in one powerful instance? That’s when we start making art instead of adjusting type, which is why this week’s tutorial isn’t on a text layer style; we’ll be customizing our hatched drop shadow to fit an artistic style.

The font used in this tutorial is the free font, Novecento Sans Wide Demi Bold, which you can pick up here with a free myfonts.com account. Let’s get started!


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  • Great tutorial! Really appreciate it. I was wondering if I can make text in illustrator in a curve (or a line) that is thinner in the beginning and becomes larger at the end. For e.g: Life is beautiful. So “L” will be smallest in size in life and “L” will be the biggest in Beautiful towards the end. And the letters were a part of a swoosh or something.

  • I really liked your video. It was very clear and I was able to duplicate the shadow without a problem. 2 questions…

    1. How do I change the color of the lettering and hatched drop shadow? When I tried it either colored the shadow solid or gave it an outline (switching between stroke & fill).

    2. I’d like to take the completed lettering with the hatched drop shadow and make it a cut out. Example: I’d like to use this lettering in white and put it on top of a black circle and “cut out” the lettering using pathfinder to make a .png file. How can this be done?

    Again, thank you for the video. Really great job making it easy to duplicate, step by step. Take care.

  • Olá, bem, quando eu clico em Mark, fica só uma letra como posso mudar isso?

  • Great video! Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂

  • Great video!! Thank you for being so kind to share. 🙂

  • This was seriously such a fantastic tutorial. I have wondered how to do this for probably 5 years. You have the perfect amount of description without being too much or too little. Bravo!

    Also learned a little tip watching this – holding shift to apply color to a stroke. Never knew that either.

    Thank you for being awesome.

  • This ca me in handy. I followed through another text tutorial which took me all the way to Mars only to drop me back to earth at the speed of light. Thanks for the tut

  • So great!!!!

  • Muy bueno! gracias! me suscribo!!

  • Um this is twice you’ve nailed the perfect tutorial that I needed. Currently working on a wordmark for a country artist and this is exactly what I needed. Who would’ve thought that after 20 years of using Ai and I learned something new. I can’t thank you enough.


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