Lettering Studio

Hand lettering
from sketch to Photoshop

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“This has been so useful, so clearly formatted & explained, and generally a joy to work through. Thank you very much for sharing.” – Stephen Long, Lettering Studio student

“The Illustrator section was what I signed up for and it met all expectations – the kind of basic 101 that most other tutorials assumed I already knew. Really useful! “ – Moya, Lettering Studio student

“I can’t wait to start! I’ve been meaning to do something like this for 2 years. Thank you for making it easy for me to finally jump in.” – Melanie Fisher-Wellman, Lettering Studio student

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Lettering Tutorial

Warm-ups and practice exercises.

Shapes, letters, and basic theory behind how brush letters are formed, as well as exercises to practice.

Lettering Tutorial

Tools & Materials

Exploring tools of the trade: brush pens, paint pens, microns, pencils, as well as digital options like iPad Pro

Lettering Tutorial

Uppercase & lower case alphabets

Worksheets with each letter of the alphabet, uppercase and lowercase, with labelled stroke analysis

Lettering Tutorial

From sketchbook to Photoshop

Taking your hand-drawn work from your sketchbook to a fully digital piece, including easily removing the background, using nothing but your phone and Photoshop.

Lettering Tutorial

The pen tool

Simplifying the pen tool to make natural looking vector shapes

Lettering Tutorial

Inspiration overload

The best way to use Instagram for endless lettering inspiration

Image from Typespire

What’s Inside?

Module 1 – Getting Started

  1. Overview
  2. The Anatomy of Letters
  3. How To Practice
  4. General Hand Lettering Theory (free preview)

Module 2 – Tools of the Trade

  1. The Brush Pen – Overview, Brands, and Real World Examples
  2. Microns – Overview, Brands, and Real World Examples
  3. Paint Pens – Overview, Brands, and Real World Examples
  4. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil – Overview and Real World Examples

Module 3 – The Basics: Part 1

  1. Brush Pen – First Steps
  2. Practice Exercises for Brush Pen Lettering
  3. Paint Pens – First Steps
  4. Practice Exercises for Paint Pen Lettering
  5. Microns – First Steps
  6. Practice Exercises for Micron Lettering
  7. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil – First Steps
  8. Practice Exercises for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Module 4 – The Basics: Part 2

  1. The Brush Pen Alphabet + Letter Variations + Worksheets
  2. Practice Words for Brush Pen Lettering
  3. The Paint Pen Alphabet + Letter Variations + Worksheets
  4. Practice Words for Paint Pen Lettering
  5. The Micron Alphabet + Letter Variations + Worksheets

Module 5 – Typographic Theory

  1. Composition & Layout
  2. Spacing & Tracking
  3. Kerning

Module 6 – Adobe Photoshop CC

  1. Simplifying Photoshop For Lettering Artists
  2. Layers – The Foundation of Photoshop
  3. Digitising Hand Lettering In Photoshop Pt 1
  4. Digitising Hand Lettering In Photoshop Pt 2

Module 7 – Adobe Illustrator CC

  1. Introduction to Vector Graphics
  2. The Pen Tool
  3. Digitising Hand Lettering In Illustrator Pt 1
  4. Digitising Hand Lettering In Illustrator Pt 2

Case Study #1: Brush Pen Lettering

  1. Rough Sketches
  2. Bringing In The Brush Pen
  3. Editing In Photoshop Pt 1
  4. Editing In Photoshop Pt 2

Case Study #2: Brush Pen Lettering

  1. Rough Sketches
  2. Working With Illustrations
  3. Bringing In The Brush Pen
  4. Digitising In Illustrator Pt 1
  5. Digitising In Illustrator Pt 2

Case Study #3: Paint Pen Lettering

  1. Rough Sketches
  2. The Paint Pen
  3. Photographing
  4. Digitising In Photoshop
  5. Shadows And Shading

Case Study #4: Paint Pen Lettering

  1. Rough Sketches – Working Within A Shape
  2. Composition And Balance
  3. The Foil Sketch
  4. The Paint Pen
  5. Editing Tips

Case Study #5: Micron Lettering

  1. Rough Sketches
  2. Refining The Layout
  3. Tracing And Final Layout
  4. Inking And Outlining With Microns
  5. Finalising The Piece

Case Study #6: Micron Lettering

  1. Rough Sketches
  2. Refining The Sketch
  3. Tracing And Final Layout
  4. Working With Different Weights

Case Study #7: iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

  1. Sketching Concepts And Layout On iPad Pro
  2. Using Layers To Clean Your Digital Sketch
  3. Using Digital Lettering Brushes
  4. Erasing and 3D
  5. Finalising The Piece

Case Study #8: iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

  1. Sketching On iPad Pro
  2. Using Layers To Clean Your Digital Sketch
  3. Transferring Your Sketch Between Apps
  4. Vectors And The Pen Tool On iPad Pro
  5. Finishing Your iPad Pro Vector Artwork
  6. Final Editing Tips And Adding That ‘Pop’

Final Thoughts

  1. Preparing Your Images For The Web
  2. Sharing Your Art Online
  3. Continue Learning In The Lettering Studio Private Community

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My name’s James. I’m from Sydney, Australia, and I’ve been drawing since before I can remember. I majored in Visual Art in high school, studied Design and Fine Arts at university, currently work as a Product Designer for a web publishing company, and can’t seem to stop drawing letters.

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