3D Lettering for Illustrators: Create your own brush with Procreate and Adobe Fresco | Margherita Ambrosi | Skillshare

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3D Lettering for Illustrators: Create your own brush with Procreate and Adobe Fresco

teacher avatar Margherita Ambrosi, Illustration Artist

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6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Create The Brush

    • 3. Import in Adobe Fresco

    • 4. Create Your Design

    • 5. Lights and Shadows

    • 6. Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class, I’ll show you a method for creating 3D brushes with Procreate and Adobe Fresco to use for creating beautiful lettering.

This class is beginner friendly and easy to follow even if you are not a Procreate expert. 

Using this method you’ll be able to:

  • Create the tip of your brush from scratch on Procreate
  • Export it to Adobe Fresco and set your brush ready to use
  • Design your lettering
  • Add shadows and lights to your design

You will also see:

  • Creative ideas for brushes
  • What brushes I use 
  • The ways shadows and light to bring the design to life

If you have any question please get in touch here or DM me at @sisterstudio.jpg and I will help you with any enquiry regarding this class 

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Margherita Ambrosi

Illustration Artist


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1. Introduction: Everyone. Margarita, I'm a content creator and illustrator from Italy, but based in Aberdeen, Scotland. So today I'm going to teach you how to make a 3D looking brush and procreate and Adobe After Effect. So the reason why I'm posting this class days because I noticed this trend or an Instagram and TikTok. However, the explanation on how to make a 3D brush wasn't really available out there. And it was just this beautiful lettering. So I was very curious then I wanted to try it myself. So I figured out a method myself. Maybe it's not the method that was used by everyone, but this is what works for me. If you're in 3D lettering and you would like to create some, but you don't really know how this class will make it a little bit easier and less time consuming to understand how to do it. So let's get started. 2. Create The Brush: All right, let's get started. So I will then through create already and I'm just going to select square canvas and you can find it here. Square. But I've got it open road ID. And for this tutorial, I'm going to assume that you know the basics of procreate, but if there's anything that you can't understand, just please leave a comment and I'll try to help. But everything, It's pretty straightforward and I'll explain as much as I can anyway. So it's easy to follow for you. So I'm going to grab the color block and I'm using the mono line brush calligraphy. And I'm going to draw a circle or an oval more than a circle, but it's fun anyway. And I'm going to do a pie chart color design on a different layer. So I'm going to click mosque this new layer and then dropped my colors and start the paint in my brush. Now I'm going to work on the same layer if at all the colors, just because then I would like to do blend them a little bit. And it only works if it's all on the same layer. And it does and need to be perfect. Because as I said, I am going to blend it. Okay. Once I've got my brush, this is the tip of my brush. So for example, it will be just right the tip of my pencil. And that's what it will look like. And I'm going to use the two liquefy. I'm going to use that to our left. I think. Let's see how it looks like. That's pretty much okay. I'm happy with it and I'm just going to go, Oops. I'm just going to go fill in the empty spaces. And just a little bit here. Right? So I'm happy with my brush now. And I'm just going to delete the bucket and color. So you see that there's no more soul this way it will be able to save it in P and G and not have a white background. Otherwise it will be a part of my brush, but I don't want that. I just want my tip of the brush. So I'm just going to go on share. And I'm going to click on B and G. And then I'm going to save it to my iCloud. So it will be right on my end, but okay. So that's on the camera roll. And we can close, Procreate an open Adobe Fresco. 3. Import in Adobe Fresco: Place. So once you've got your Fresco app opened up, go on A4 canvas, you can use whatever size you need. And I'm just gonna go and import my photo that was saved in the Canada at all. So I'm going to go in photo and then select my brush. And here it is. So I'm going to make it a little bit smaller, just so it fits in the color swatch sample. I think that's small enough. And I'm going to click done. And then pick the color picker. And click on this symbol here. And then I'm going to position it exactly in the center. So it would be ideal if you could fit your whole brush into it. So that's why I made it a little bit smaller. Obviously not small enough. But once you've got it inside of the circle and you've got like a little white border. It doesn't read them after you've got it there, you can just click on it here and click on the Plus. This way, your brush will be saved in your liability if you ever need it again on this file. So once I've got my brush, I'm gonna make this layer invisible because I don't need it anymore. And then I'm going to pick a brush and I use, I usually use basic and herded around for these kind of brushes just because it works really well because he doesn't have a tapered end. So once I grabbed dot, just make sure that you've got your brush still selected. It was not, but luckily with got it saved in the library. So it's here. And there you go. You can start playing. I don't want your brush. You can adjust the size here. And you can adjust the settings so you can make it hard, harder. You can increase the spacing, but I like to keep it at three. And you can change the angle if you would like it to be more orange or more blue or whatever color you chose for your brush. That's a really useful tool to use. So once you play that, I wouldn't do a little bit and you got familiar with your brush, you will be able to start doing your lettering. 4. Create Your Design: So for this class I chose do you write the word hello, but you can choose whatever you want. And it's really up to, you. Could trace it in black and then follow along with your colorful brush. I prefer to just go with the flow, a 100, destroy it freehand. But it's really up to you if you want to practice first, I just find it that it really comes out better for me because I'm more spontaneous when I go and a blank canvas. So I'm just gonna go and write it. And I think I'm happy with it. And then again, I've seen some people breaking up old electors. So for example, I'm just going to make this layer invisible and show you, I've seen people do in letter by letter on different layers. And that really helps when you will go back to procreate and create shadows. Because obviously you've got separate layer so you can work on one-day urine than the other instead of having everything in one layer. And wherever I feel, I feel like it creates these little, these joins bit seen the word that I will have to go and fix it and procreate, and that will take me more time. So generally, if the word is very small, one like law, it's not a very elaborate one. I will just go and do it freehand on just one layer and then create the shadows in Procreate, all in one layer. But if it's more complicated word and you're afraid to maybe mess up one letter and then having to erase everything, I would suggest that you work on different layers. For a design. I'm just going to use the one layer. All right, so once I've got it ready to be exported back to procreate, where we will create the shadows. So for a dot, I'm just going to click Publish and Export. And you will have to export it as a PSD. In this way, you will have all the different layers and the word it will not be attached to your background. And I'm going to click Export. And then I'm just going to say directly to procreate because that's what I need. It. Just give it a little time. And that's an important, it will be in my gallery. And yet it is. 5. Lights and Shadows: Now that I've got my word back on Procreate, I'm just going to go and cleared out all the layers that I don't need. So I'm just going to select all and delete it. I'm not going to need the brush, but I'm going to need the background, so I'm left with 2. And so to create a little bit of shadows and lights, just to give it even more dislike gummy 3D effect, I'm going to create a new layer and I'm going to ask to clip mascot. And then I'm going to grab my color block tapered brush. So in Incan and I usually use the technical pen, It's a good brush around. On this layer. I'm going to start code in where I think the shadow will be. Don't worry if you're not precise, you can always go back with we need ASR. But we're going to Florida transparency and then bloat it anyway, so it won't matter too much if you're not extremely precise. Okay, So I'm going to show you, if you want to go back and play it out a little bit, I'll just turn down the opacity to maybe like 38 or even 30. So it's ready for later. And I'm going to use my user and I can just school and correct the bits that I overlapped. What I didn't mean to. But again, you don't need to be super precise with this because in a minute we're just going to blood at all. So I'm happy with this transport Odyssey, I think. So I'm gonna go and click on the Magic Wand and click on birth Blur layer. And then I'm going to drag it until I'm happy with the result. I think this is a good point. Thanks. Five-point one for me, but it's really up to you whatever you want to do. And I'm gonna go ahead and do for do it for the rest of the word. So in all because I blurred it, litho H, I'm not going to work on the same layer for the rest of the word. However, if you weren't going to bloat it all at the end, you could just work on one layer. So I'm just going to click, Okay, and under one on, we'll finish all the shadows and speeding up this process. Okay, I'm happy with this. So I'm just gonna do the same thing. What white? So I'm going to create a different way. And again, clip mascot. And I'm just going to add some light. So if you find that the span is a little bit teeth, then you can always change. I'm going to use a studio pen because stress a little bit thicker but still quite tapered. And this is really going to bring it to life, getting your lector to life. And I'm gonna do it all at once. So then we can blur, we can blow it all in one layer. Okay, so I'm think I'm happy with that. So I'm going to lower the opacity again, maybe two for TV Stein and then blood, it interests like my shot of us. So I think I'm happy with the. With how it looks, maybe a little bit more bulb in. So 50 will do. Now, you could be finished with this, but I just want to add a little something in the background, like a little shadow on the back-end. So for that, I'm going to create a new layer. And I'm going to pull it right at the bottom. And I'm going to color the background first because I think it will be on ISIL effects. So let's draw what the orange and see what it looks like normalities appears. So I'm just maybe going to use icons are blue. Yeah, that's perfect. And then what I'm going to do is duplicate the hello layer. I'm going to use this because this one is linked to all the other layers. So I'm going to use this and I am going to alpha lock it. And then I'm going to pick the color block and then go back to the layer and say Fill layer. So this is all black now you can't see it because it's governed by the other layer, but it's here. So this is all black and I'm going to make invisible the other layer. You're able to see it and you're able to control your body and your capacity. So I think that maybe like 40, 35% is good for my shadows. We can always adjust it later. And let's start with this. And I'm going to make the other one visible again. And still this one selected, I'm going to click on the ADL and free form. And then maybe distort. Yeah, I think I'm happy with what this looks like. So I'm going to click on the arrow again and then reselect D layer and untick alpha lock. These way, we're able to create a blur. Perfect. I think I'm happy with this. And this is our final product. Obviously, you can create so many different brushes with this technique. So for example, I'm gonna go back to my brush group and I'm going to show you a couple of different ones that you could create if you want to, just to have a couple of different ideas. So four days of Google Drawing Guide on. And you can find it here and you can edit it in the drawing guides. And I've got the symmetry and the quadrant option selected. But you can even use the radial, which makes it even more fun because it adds even more details to the brush. I'm going to use the quadrant, the sine. And then I'm going to create my calligraphy monoline brush. I'm going to, I'm just going to create some shapes. Let's fill this 1 first. I think I want to key also a little circle here and one here. And then again clip mask and I'm going to fill it. And then we can export the own fresco and I'll show you what it looks like. It is. The first thing. So you can see the texture here is so detailed and you could do literally whatever you want. You could do a lot of this little dots and it will create like a cable effect. And you could do a star and evolve, create very nice angles. And you can really play around with the shades. So for example, here I added some shades on some lights. And it really transform your brush. 6. Conclusion: So at the end of the class, thank you so much for watching and I hope this class was helpful for you. So now you know how to create a daily brash and all these beautiful lettering. So if you do create some, please tag me on Instagram so I can see them and I can share them and I can comment on them. And I would really love to see your dad work. So thank you for watching again and have a great day.