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5 free 1980s metallic text effects for Illustrator

Mar 21, 2016 | Freebies

If the last few months are anything to go by, it would appear that one of this year’s biggest design trends is shaping up to be taking inspiration from the 80s. Bright geometric patterns, splashes of hot pink, and even lens flares are all making a comeback.

So to are big, bold, metallic text effects, which back then, you would often see on TV show title sequences and movie posters.

To help you quickly and easily start creating rad 80s inspired designs of your own, I’ve put together a free set of Graphic Styles that enable you to apply these sorts of metallic text effects to your type with just a single click.

How to use the Graphic Styles

Loading the Graphic Styles

Go the Graphic Styles panel (Window > Graphic Styles), open the Graphic Styles panel menu, select Open Graphic Style Library > Other Library, then open the file called ‘1980s Metallic Styles by Sivioco’.

This will open a new panel containing the Graphic Styles.

Applying the Graphic Styles

To apply the Graphic Styles to your type, simply make sure your type is selected then click the Graphic Style of your choice. A metallic text effect will then instantly be applied.

The effects were created using type set at 72 pt so applying them to type set at a smaller or larger size may lead to some unexpected results. However, you can easily customize the effects to suit your needs using the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance).

Download the 1980s metallic text effects


  1. Ren

    Hey Sam.. thanks so much for all of your helpful posts and small freebies. Really appreciate your time putting all these out there for people!

  2. DmZ

    Many thanks for sharing, I pretty much knew how to do this in Photoshop, but I haven’t tried to do so in Illustrator. It looks brilliant, especially as I really like 80’s designs. I already made two of them, feel free to take a look at it:

    - (I used your halftone texture tutorial for this one…)
    - (…and your subtle grunge brushes on that one.)

    So thanks for everything, bye !

    • Sam Jones

      You’re welcome! It’s great to see my tutorials and freebies being put to such good use. I love the retro box art! Thanks so much for sharing these with me.

      • DmZ

        Anytime ! I started to learn using Photoshop (& Illustrator) by myself about a year ago: tutorials, tips, and resources like yours are such a huge help, really. So, again, many thanks for everything !


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