How to Make Lips Using Type in Illustrator

Written by alyssa brode
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How to Make Lips Using Type in Illustrator
Seal your next letter or card with a type-filled kiss. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Adobe Illustrator allows amateur and professional designers make scalable vector images to be used and altered without any degradation of quality. The possible results from an Illustrator creation are endless when you combine imagination with the thousands of tools and effects the program offers. Using a handful of these, you can create words shaped like lips, perfect for a Valentine's day card or other romantic greeting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.

  2. 2

    Select the "Ellipse" tool from the "Tools" panel. Click and drag the cursor to form a wide oval, releasing when satisfied. Click a second time anywhere on your art board to display the "Ellipse" options pop-up, and click "OK" without changing anything to create an ellipse identical to the last.

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    Drag the second ellipse next to the first so that they are slightly overlapping. Select both ovals by pressing "Shift" on your keyboard while clicking. Find the "Pathfinder" panel and click "Unite," located under "Shape Modes." The two ovals' paths will merge.

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    Select the "Paintbrush" tool from the "Tools" panel. Draw an elongated cone shape with the base of the cone overlapping the side edge of one of the ovals, spanning the height exactly; the point of the cone should appear to be an extension of the oval.

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    Select the cone you just drew. Hit "Ctrl" and "C" to copy the object, then hit "Ctrl" and "V" to paste an identical cone; this will show up already selected. Select "Object," then "Transform," then "Reflect." In the "Reflect" options box, choose "Vertical" as your axis. Click "OK," then drag your cone into place on the second oval.

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    Hold "Shift" and click all three objects present: the conjoined ovals and both cones. Select "Unite" again from the "Pathfinder" panel to join the paths. Remove any unnecessary anchor points by selecting the "Direct Selection" tool from the "Tools" panel, clicking the undesired anchor point and choosing "Remove selected anchor points" in the "Control" panel.

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    Select the "Paintbrush" tool from the "Tools" panel. Draw a shape resembling a simple leaf to form your bottom lip.

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    Make any necessary adjustments to the shape of your lip outlines using the "Direct Selection" tool. Move anchor points by clicking and dragging or adjust angles by dragging handles until satisfied.

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    Click the "Selection" tool in the "Tools" panel. Select one of the lips. Locate "Swap Fill and Stroke" in the "Tools" panel -- it looks like a bent arrow with two points -- and click it. Select the other lip and do the same.

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    Select the "Type" tool from the "Tools" panel. Click on the art board to place your cursor. Enter the type you'd like to have appear in the top lip. Choose the "Selection" tool from the "Tools" palette and choose the type you've entered. Set your colour in the "Tools" panel by double clicking the "Fill" colour. Choose your desired font and size from the "Character" panel. Repeat with the type for the bottom lip. Drag both pieces of type on top of the lips for which they are intended.

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    Right-click the type on top of the upper lip and choose "Arrange," then "Send to Back." Leave the type selected and hold "Shift" while clicking the upper lip so that they are both selected. Choose "Object," then "Envelope Distort" and "Make with Top Object." The type will fill the shape of the upper lip. Repeat using the bottom lip and bottom set of type.

Tips and warnings

  • The text should all be approximately the same height to achieve the final effect.

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