Lettering: Learn How to Make an Upper Case Serif Style letters in Adobe Illustrator

Erica Ilene, Designer and Artist

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16 Videos (2h 7m)
    • Intro

      0:35
    • Setup

      4:16
    • Inspiration and sketch

      1:11
    • I, H

      9:05
    • E, F, L, T

      11:37
    • C, G

      8:49
    • B P R K D

      14:56
    • M, N, V, W, A

      11:20
    • X, Y, Z

      8:10
    • O, Q

      5:32
    • S, U, J

      15:32
    • Variation 1

      10:20
    • Variation 2

      7:58
    • Variation 3

      7:35
    • Drop Shadows

      9:02
    • Wrap up and project

      0:54

About This Class

Learn how to make an upper case serif font in adobe illustrator, and then make slight variations to the lettering to create alternative type styles and also learn how to add detail and drop shadows.

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I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in font creation, illustrative lettering and shape manipulation in Ai. I am now fearlessly creating multiple fonts in various styles. The pen tool is sparingly used in this class but repeatedly moving around anchor points and handles on all those serifs definitely dissolved my pen tool apprehension. It took me a long time to get through the whole class, lots of pausing while I fine-tuned my serifs, but it was so worth it. The class also included how to add embellishments and those segments are worth watching for decoration inspiration even if you have no interest in creating your own font. Thank you for a great class, Erica!
This class is very specific with many details of how to create beautiful custom lettering. Though it takes time and patience to go through all the steps the skills learned allow for an infinite variety of designs. I found this class very valuable and will definitely keep in my library of saved classes to refer back to as needed.
Great class :) Thank you, I learned a lot.

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Erica Ilene

Designer and Artist

I'm Erica Ilene from Urban Daisies

A little about me...

I grew up in a small beach town in Los Angles county that often finds it's way as a backdrop to many movies, most recently: La La Land.  I spent almost every Saturday at the local fabric shop, which was walking distance from my home. I was mesmerized by the variety of patterns and colors, and learned to sew at a very young age. My love for patterns and colors grew through my childhood and in addition to sewing, and pai...

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