Hand Lettering: Add Digital Color and Texture for Final Polish

Mary Kate McDevitt, Lettering and Illustration

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17 Videos (4h 10m)
    • Introduction

    • Getting Started Part 1

    • Getting Started Part 2

    • Scanning and Digitizing

    • Digitizing

    • Color Part 1

    • Color Part 2

    • Color Part 3

    • Handmade Textures Part 1

    • Handmade Textures Part 2

    • Handmade Textures Part 3

    • Incorporating Handmade Textures Part 1

    • Incorporating Handmade Textures Part 2

    • Incorporating Handmade Textures Part 3

    • Photoshop Brushes and Texture

    • Final Details

    • Finalizing


About This Class

Join lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt as she shares her step-by-step process for creating a final hand lettered piece of art. This class focuses on digitizing your drawings, adding color, and creating texture. The result are breathtaking lettering illustrations with final, professional polish!

This is the second class in a two-part series on Hand Lettering. Be sure to explore all of Mary Kate's hand lettering classes on Skillshare.

In this class, you'll pick up where her introductory class left off, and explore the process of bringing a piece all the way to a final digital state. Mary Kate will offer tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way and demonstrate how you can use them in your own illustrations. Key lessons cover:

  • Digitizing (including scanning, cleaning up, and vectorizing your drawings)
  • Adding color
  • Creating texture
  • Finishing touches

Even if you're already a skilled letterer, you will learn new tips on what to avoid when adding color and texture, and how to make a clean final file that is ready to share with friends online or send to a printer.

If you find letters beautiful and want to turn your handwriting into artful drawings, this is the class for you. 



360 of 367 students recommendSee All

Great class! Fantastic detail on how to create your own textures and how to move elements efficiently between AI and PS! Thank you Mary Kate!
Best class ever had!!!
She's great! Lots of good info. She goes a little too fast but I am inspired to make a great sign.





Mary Kate McDevitt

Lettering and Illustration

My name is Mary Kate McDevitt, and I've been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. I've had the privilege of working for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. I take on a variety of projects; everything from editorial illustrations to headlines for advertising, to book covers, journals, posters, wine labels, and products.

I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend, the screen printer Fred DiMeglio, and my fluffy cat Peppy Mew Mew.

For more information, and to view my entire portfolio, visit marykatemcdevitt.com.