Retro text effect made with Inkscape

Create Retro Text with Inkscape

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to create a retro-style text poster. The functions we’ll be focusing on in this lesson are the Extrude extension and texture masking in particular.

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Design Elements

For this design I used the heavy variation of the Lato font, which can be downloaded for free here:

I suggest downloading and installing the font before opening Inkscape. If you install it while Inkscape is running, it won’t register in the font library until you restart the application.

Here’s the retro color palette used:

Retro colors

Click the image to open it in a new tab, then copy and paste it into Inkscape

And the texture we’ll be using to help enhance the retro appeal of this design…

Retro texture

Click the image for the full size version

Video Tutorial

For complete step-by-step instructions with voice narration, check out the video tutorial…

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design.

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