Take a look on the attached text effect: enter image description here

I've tried to make it with "Aachen Bold" font illustrator using : Envelope Distort -> Make with Wrap, but I can't get the result similar to the original one.

P.S: if the used font is not correct let me know.

Any suggestions! thanks in advance.

  • You're just trying to do the curved bottom or what effect on there are you struggling with?
    – Ryan
    Jul 21, 2017 at 18:54
  • I'm trying to make the curved bottom then make the lines effect inside the letters.
    – M. A.
    Jul 21, 2017 at 19:16
  • This image is a great example of how to express weight, mass and gravity with type.
    – Webster
    Jul 21, 2017 at 19:35

3 Answers 3


To make a live (editable) text version just make a custom pattern beforehand, sized accordingly...

Mine looked like this:

Custom pattern fill for text

Then I create my text, and make it white:

White fill

In the Appearance Panel add another fill, this time the pattern:

Pattern fill

Then offset that fill to a negative value (Path > Offset Path):

Offset pattern fill

That's your effect all in one editable text layer; change the text/font as desired:

Final result GIF

You'll likely have to mess with the pattern independently using different typefaces; scale/move up/down, etc...


Object > Envelope Distort works here

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If you then want the inner lines....

Set the fill to be white and the stroke to be black.

  • Copy, Paste in front, Object > Expand Appearance
  • Draw an ellipse to encompass the area of lines you want visible
  • Set the fill of the copy to be a line pattern fill (Swatch Panel > Open Swatch Library > Patterns > Basic Graphic Lines)
  • Select the line-filled copy and the ellipse and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Make

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Then select the line-filled objects and via theAppearance Panel add an additional stroke set to white and aligned to the inside.

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You can highlight the line pattern in the Appearance Panel and play with Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform to alter the size of the lines themselves. Just tick the Transform Patterns option and UNtick the Transform Objects option in the Transform dialog window.

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I don't believe you'll have any success trying to do all this one a single type object due to the pattern fill. It will require duplicating the object at least once.


For the shape you can use the Effect>Warp tools "Arc Lower" and "Arc".

For the bottom curve I applied -30% Bend in Arc Lower.

To get that small curve on the top I applied 4% Bend in Arc.

Metis' method for applying the fill lines is great.

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