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Create 3D Letters in Adobe Illustrator

teacher avatar Natanael Gama, Type Designer

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8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. 1 Teaser

    • 2. 2 Think about the word

    • 3. 3 Inserting nodes and cut lines

    • 4. 4 Digitalize

    • 5. 5 Use the chisel I

    • 6. 6 Use the chisel II

    • 7. 7 Think with light

    • 8. 8 Ending

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to create a very special type of 3D Lettering, The Digital Stone Carving Style. For this you don't need to know anything about 3D software, you can do it all in a 2D software like Adobe Illustrator!

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Natanael Gama

Type Designer


Natanael one day decided to play with fonts and never stopped. Inspired by the typography classes while taking his degree in graphic design and multimedia in ESAD.CR he started drawing Exo. It was a successful project on kickstarter and is part of the Google Fonts Library. Since then he has already released two more types via Google Fonts, Cinzel and Exo 2. Apart from other commissioned works he has been creating his own typographic library. 

His work has been used by brands like Google, Lego, Fifa, AMG, Blizzard, among many others. His fonts were downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and are seen every day by millions of people.

Although the play became work, he hasn’t stopped having fun drawing fonts.

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1. 1 Teaser: Hello. My name is in the Danielle. I'm at that designer based in Lisbon, Portugal. In today, I bring you a class about three D lettering. You will learn how to create a digital stone carving style of lettering. Starting from scratch, we will design some ladders by hand. And then we will go to the computer. We will be sketching a custom work, you see, like your own words. Then we'll go to the computer and then we'll add the three D effect. This is no father should filter. This is all custom made that will add value to your work. 2. 2 Think about the word: for this task. We are going to think about the world that we chose as a whole and not only as a set of letters. So we are just going toe, design it very roughly and see if we can find some particularity, some possible ligatures, some possible alternative design. So that's what we're going to do after these quick, rough sketches. I have a clear picture in my mind. I'm going to do first century Roman inscription style. I am now going to do a more refined sketch off the early sketches that I did. I'm not going to apply the style that I chills. So if you want to know more about how to design fonts, whether sketching or on the computer, you can check my other class out to design your own funds from Piper to scream. You can also skip this part of the project if you decide to choose a front that you have available or on your computer. If you want help in selecting the front, you can also check my second class out to pick your funds way . So you noticed that I that I did not put the upper case and over here and these weapons because I have already designed it. So I'm being economic on the design and then on the computer, I'll probably do the same. I will repeat some off the shapes, hearing there to save time, because I have a front on my computer that really resembles the design I did first on the paper. I will use it as a starting point. The phone is since L. A free phone that I designed for Google a few years ago. It's also based on first century Roman inscriptions. We will use it as a starting point. We'll just make a few edits and then work it a lot as the lettering. 3. 3 Inserting nodes and cut lines: So now I'm going to introduce what I called the cut lines in the letters. So this is what will give us the beveled look that we are going to do in the Illustrator. But we can never bear idea if we start doing it while sketching. What? - So these guidelines are like the same lines that we see in ah carved stone. So we will use these lines to divide the shape in Adobe Illustrator so we can give a three dimensional look. 4. 4 Digitalize: way. 5. 5 Use the chisel I: Now that we have finished this part off the lettering, we'll go to the next step, which is to use our digital chisel and start getting out different parts of the letters to create three dimensionality now are early sketch will be very Andy, because we have already determined the places where we need to cut the letters way, way, way. 6. 6 Use the chisel II: 7. 7 Think with light: - way . 8. 8 Ending: you are now equipped with the new style of lettering that you can use in your every day work. Do you have any question? Feel free to ask, please, bubbly share work so the community can see and I will be there doing some comments to make sure you improve your work. Thank you so much for birth separating one of these places, Simpson.