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Create a Funny Typographic Holiday Poster in Illustrator

Decorating for the holidays is a popular pastime, and many people like to include personalized creations in their home during the holidays..

This tutorial will show you how to create a funny typographic holiday poster in Illustrator that will add a personal touch to your winter decorations.

We used a few items from our Christmas bundle and recent font bundle. Click the links below to check them out and follow along with the same goodies.

Let's get started.


What We'll Be Creating

This tutorial was written by Jason Heglund.

Jason is an illustrator/designer from Portland, Oregon who spends his days illustrating kids books, designing brand materials, and developing characters and stories.


Step 1

If you want to use the same assets that we do, make sure you install the Boller font from the bundle 40 Absurdly Attractive Fonts and download the Beauty Drops: Winter Dreams assets from The Exhaustive 2016 Fall and Christmas Collection.


Step 2

Open Illustrator and make a new document set to 11" x 14".


Step 3

Consider how your quote will be broken up, then type each line separately using the Boller font.

We're using a humorous line from the Christmas classic, Elf.


Step 4

Outline all your text (Type > Create Outlines). Then resize/reposition the text like below.


Step 5

Change the top and bottom text of the quote to a nice Christmas green #48B749 and change the middle text to a Christmas red #ED1C24.


Step 6

Holding the ALT key, click and drag "Cotton Headed" up and to the left slightly. Then send it to the back (Option > Arrange > Send to Back). Repeat this process for "Ninny Muggins" too.

Change the color of the text behind the red text to green, and the green text to red.


Step 7

Using the rectangle tool (M), draw a blue background #A8E0f9 and send to back (Option > Arrange > Send to Back), then lock the rectangle (Object > Lock > Selection).


Step 8

Open the "elements.eps" from the Beauty Drops > Winter Dreams folder from The Exhaustive 2016 Fall and Christmas Collection. Select 2 of the small circle elements then copy and paste them into your poster document.


Step 9

Change the color of the dots to the same blue as the background. Resize/reposition the 2 dots along the edge of the "D". ALT + click and drag the dots to create duplicates until you have a dotted line as shown in the image below.


Step 10

ALT
+ click and drag the dots from the "D" to the "O". Adjust the dots so they follow the curve of the "O" then repeat this process for each remaining character of the quote.


Step 11

Make a new layer titled "Flourishes" by opening the layer panel and clicking the New Layer button. Then open up the "lettering-25.eps" in the Beauty Drops > Winter Dreams folder from The Exhaustive 2016 Fall and Christmas Collection. Select all the flourish elements, then copy and paste them into your "Flourishes" layer within your working document.


Step 12

Lock your original layer in the Layers panel so you don't accidentally move the text or background.

Draw 2 guides, one positioned at 5.5" on the X axis and one positioned at 7" on the Y axis so they intersect in the very center of your poster.


Step 13

Change the flourish elements to white.Starting in the upper right corner, begin filling the space with the flourishes.

You can do this by ALT + clicking and dragging the flourish elements into place. Use the rotate (R) and reflect (O) tools to artistically arrange shapes that work well together. Try to get these elements to fill in the space close to the text.

This process is a bit tedious, but the good news is that once 1 quadrant is done, you can mirror the design to the other 3.


Step 14

Once the upper right corner is done, select this section, then go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Select Vertical in the dialog box then click the Copy button. Now click and drag this new section to the left corner.


Step 15

Select the entire upper section then go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Select Horizontal in the dialog box then click the Copy button. Now click and drag this new section to the bottom of the document.


Step 16

You’ll notice some of the elements are running into the quote at the bottom. Using the direct select tool (A), delete those elements.

Add in a few final flourishes to fill in the awkward space created by the deleted elements.


Step 17

Hide the guides, and fill the empty space with additional elements.

Focus on filling one side, then, when you're done, select the new elements then go to Object > Transform > Reflect. Select Horizontal in the dialog box then click the Copy button. Now click and drag this new section to the other side of the document to fill in the blank space.


Final Image

Your poster is ready to be printed and framed!


Items Used in this Tutorial

We used a few items from our Christmas bundle and recent font bundle. Click the links below to check them out and follow along with the same goodies.


How did you version turn out? Did you make any changes?

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