Deke’s Techniques: Creating movie-poster credits in Illustrator

Published by | Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

This week, Deke’s free technique shows you how to use a secret Asian-language text setting (revealed to Deke by our own Mordy Golding) to create authentic-looking movie credits in Illustrator. The trick is exploiting the Warichu feature which is designed for stacking characters within a single line of type. In this technique, Deke reveals how the feature allows you to gracefully stack two words one on top of another, adjust the size, create a character style that saves those settings, and then apply your character-style down the line to all the people who helped make your imaginary movie possible.

Any designer or budding movie promoter who’s obsessed with typesetting (and doesn’t that include most of you?) knows that the standard movie credits in a promotional poster stack the two-word job title before the linear presentation of each contributor’s name. So text that initially looks like this…

…ends up looking like this:

If you were inspired by Deke’s Designing an Indiana Jones-style logo technique from December 2011, then this technique will allow you to create some credits at the bottom of your poster that will convince your audience that you know how to properly hype your latest entirely theoretical but professionally promoted cinematic endeavor. And if you’d like specific instruction on putting the two techniques together, check out the Two ways to place a pixel-based image movie from the Illustrator and Photoshop chapter (chapter 21) of Deke’s Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course.

See you back next week with another free technique from Deke!

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• the entire collection of Deke’s Techniques on
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Suggested courses to watch next:
• Up and Running with Illustrator
• Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced
Illustrator CS5 Essential Training
 Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

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3 Responses to “Deke’s Techniques: Creating movie-poster credits in Illustrator”

  1. Arnold says:

    wow, thank you so much! Great tutorial!

  2. rachael says:

    hi i love this font but im struggling to access the words such as ‘presents a’ using my keyboard. how do i type letters with accents?

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