Digitizing Hand Lettering: From Sketch to Vector (Lettering II)

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Class Project

Create a deliverable vector from a hand-lettered sketch

About the Class

Do you love making hand lettering, but feel that there must to be a better way to approach digitizing your work?

I want to show you the methods and processes I've discovered for getting the best results when converting hand lettering into digital format. I'm going to share the different techniques I use for various types of projects so you can apply what works best for you. 

What You'll Learn:

  • Getting Sketches Onto the Computer. We will go over optimal scan settings, but we'll even talk about how to get good results if all you have is a smartphone camera.
  • Digitally Preparing Sketches.We'll look at ways to edit your files before converting to vector, and I'll also show some approaches I use for editing and coloring hand-lettered sketches in raster format in cases where a vector isn't required.
  • Creating Organic-Style Vectors. Our primary focus will be on digitizing hand lettering in a manner that retains the organic, hand-made style.
  • Creating Precise Vectors. While there's no substitute for repetitious practice when it comes to taming the unwieldy beast known as the Pen Tool, I'll be going over where to optimally place your points and other ways I go about producing manually crafted vectors. 

What You'll Make

I'll be giving you tips and tricks I've picked up for tweaking your vectors to get the results you want faster and easier. By the end of this class you will create a deliverable vector from a hand-lettered sketch.

More Information

This is an intermediate level class because prior experience with lettering and Photoshop and Illustrator is required. Download Adobe Illustrator and ideally Photoshop as well for a free trial at Adobe.com.

Level: Intermediate

School: Design

Related Subjects: Typography, Lettering, Vectorizing, Adobe Illustrator, Hand Lettering

At a Glance

  • Non-Membership Class
  • 6 Video Lessons (53m)
  • 1.8K Students
  • 96% Positive Reviews (94)
  • Self-Paced Online Class
  • 14-Day Money Back Guarantee

About the Teacher

Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe

Hand Lettering Artist

I'm Sean McCabe - a Hand Lettering Artist and Type Designer in San Antonio, TX. I produce quality design products and apparel with a handmade aesthetic through my brand, seanwes. I've ...

96% Positive Reviews

Nicole LaFave

Nicole LaFave

Left wanting more. Thank you for the detail Sean. Can't wait to check out your more in-depth stuff available these days. (I realize I am ages behind on this one, ha!)

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