I have been playing more with simple stencil style logos in my spare time, especially because it requires a lot of practice and attention to detail. I surely have a lot to improve upon and that's why I have been spending time trying to recreate this style using Illustrator and Photoshop.

For this tutorial I will show you how to use simple Illustrator tools to create a very trendy logo. The process is quite simple and can be applied to all sorts of logos and illustrations for your future projects.

Step 1

In Illustrator create a simple stencil using basic shapes and different fonts. The fonts I used here can be found at the Lost Type http://losttype.com/browse/ -

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 2

Let's start adding some effects. The first one is the Blend effect. Select the word New York and duplicate it. Change the color of the duplicated word to white and make sure it's underneath the black one. After that go to Object>Blend - Use 4 pixels for the Spacing with Specified Distance.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 3

Repeat the same thing to create a simple effect of diagonal lines for the top horizontal dividers.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 4

Select the first text and go to Object>Envelope Distort>Envelope with Warp. Use Arc for the Style with 30% for the Bend.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 5

Repeat the same thing for the text at the bottom.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 6

Select the rectangles and text used to create the ribbon and go again to Object>Envelope Distort>Envelop with Warp... - Use -30% for the Bend with Arc for the Style.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 7

Here's the final result of the stencil.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 8

Now in Photoshop, I used one of the photos I took while I was in New York. Import it to Photoshop and crop it to fit the canvas size you are working on. In my case, 2880x1800 pixels.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 9

Add a new layer and fill it with a simple grey/green color. After that change the opacity to 60%.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 10

Add another layer and fill it with a gradient from black to white in the center. After that change the Blend Mode to Multiply at 80%.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 11

Copy the logo from Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 12

Go to Image>Adjustments>Invert. After that change the Blend Mode to Lighten.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Step 13

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter. Use Cooling Filter with 25% for Density.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Conclusion

After over one hour you can have something similar to the result I got. This was a simple exercise to try to recreate some of the awesome logos I see in most of the design sites out there. I know there's a lot to refine, but this was as I said, a simple playing time with Illustrator and Photoshop trying to learn more about this very trendy and I'd say hipster style. I hope you have fun creating your own version.

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

Typography Stencil in Illustrator

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Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.