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Lettering in Photoshop! Two Easy Methods to Script Lettering

teacher avatar Jasmine Lové, Designer. Illustrator. Optimist.

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Welcome to Photoshop Lettering: Modern Script

    • 2. Tools and Overview

    • 3. Inspiration Hunt

    • 4. Creating a Lettering Brush

    • 5. Creating a Lettering Guide

    • 6. Photoshop Lettering I

    • 7. Photoshop Lettering II

    • 8. Bonus: Vectorizing Photoshop Lettering

    • 9. Motivation

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About This Class

Welcome to Photoshop Lettering: Modern Script, where you will create a stylish lettering piece using Adobe Photoshop. Together, we will explore and apply the elements of modern script styles that we see in current calligraphy, brush lettering, & type design. I will walk you through examples of how I applied this technique to real-life lettering projects. This class is packed with lots of useful letterform tips to help you style your script lettering exactly the way you want.

What will you learn?

In this class, you will learn helpful techniques for drawing stylized words to create unique lettering in Adobe Photoshop. This includes:

  • What to look for when gathering lettering inspiration.
  • How to create and use a “Lettering Guide” with fonts.
  • How to create your own Photoshop brush & eraser that mimics a hand-lettered, “ink-to-paper” style.
  • Bonus: Learn how to vectorize your lettering while keeping the hand-drawn appeal.

This class is perfect for all Lettering-Lovers, no matter the skill-level! When you're finished with your class project, you can apply your unique lettering art to a product or personal item such as a postcard, logo, invitation, birthday card, or anything you want! Ready to get started? Join now and let’s begin.

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Jasmine Lové

Designer. Illustrator. Optimist.


My name is Jasmine Lové and I'm an Illustrator & Designer who specializes in hand-lettering, surface pattern design, and stationery design. Drawing beautiful images for products & print items is my passion and I couldn't imagine doing anything else for a living!

When I'm not designing, you can find me reading, doodling, video-gaming, writing, or spending time with my loved ones. I'm an avid learner who I also loves to teach, encourage, and inspire others to work towards achieving their goals and dreams.

I hope that you'll join me on my journey of creating and sharing. :)

Keep in touch with me on Instagram, Facebook, Dribbble, and Etsy.
See more of my work in my online portfolio: JasmineLH.com 

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1. Welcome to Photoshop Lettering: Modern Script: Hello. I'm just love. A welcome Photoshopped littering modern spring where you will learn to create establish lettering piece using Adobe Photoshopped. Together we will explore and apply the elements of modern script styles that we see in current calligraphy, brush, lettering and type design. You'll see examples of how I apply this technique to real life lettering projects, as well as watch me create new lettering from start to finish. This class is pet with lots of useful letter form tips to help use valuer script lettering exactly the way you want. It also includes creating a custom lettering brush as well as a bonus video on how to victory eyes. Your photo shop lettering. This class is perfect for all lettering lovers, no matter the skill level. When you're finished with your class project, you can apply your lettering toe items such as a postcard, clothing, green card, wall art or anything you want. If you don't have Adobe Photo Shop or a welcome Sinti, no problem. Theo techniques you'll learn in this class could be applied using an iPad, Windows Surface pro or whatever drawing tablet in stylist you feel comfortable using, Are you ready to get started? So, um, I joined now and let's begin 2. Tools and Overview: Hello, everyone and welcome. I'm so excited that you decided to take this class. I'm super happy. Let's get started with a short class overview. First, we'll talk about the many two options that you have in order to participate in this class. In the following video, we will go on an inspiration hunt. It will look at a few books, then a couple of websites to give you some ideas of what elements help make up a style. Next, we will create a Photoshopped lettering brush Andy Racer. Creating these are super easy. For those of you who may want to skip this portion, you will be able to download the brush tool preset that I created. However, I do recommend you follow along anyway, because there may be something in there that you don't already know. Who knows. After that, we will learn about what a lettering guide is and how to create one, then how to use it. Finally, we will begin our Photoshopped Lettering project. You'll have two options, and I will demonstrate both in this class feel free to complete both options. Actually, I encourage it because doing both options will increase your practice. It'll increase your skill and then you'll be able to gauge which method works best for you . Plus, the more you letter, the more fun you'll have. Who doesn't love being able to just zone out and create lettering in photo shop? I love it. Lastly, in the bonus video, I will do a quick walk through on how to vector rise your photo shop lettering. It's super fast and super easy, so let's talk tools. The techniques you'll learn in this class about digital lettering are not limited to the use of a W photo shop or a welcomes antiques tablet. This is just what I choose to use for my class project in this class. Alright, starting with software and EPS. If you don't have Photoshopped, you can download a 30 day free trial from adobe dot com. If you just Google Photoshopped free trial, you should be able tow. Find a link that leads you to adobes. Download page, find Photoshopped, click, download and follow the instructions. Procreate isn't AB for iPad users that mimics many of photo shops features. It is a great photo shop. Alternate when you're on the go and all you have is your iPad and stylists. Although it's not a replacement for Photoshopped as a whole, it's still great for lettering drawing painting, and it costs about $6 in the Apple App store. Adobe Photo Shop Sketch is a free drawing app for IOS users. It's limited in a lot of ways compared to photo shop or procreate, but it's still a great app for lettering. In fact, I started working on a hand drawn typeface using this up, and I'm able to zone out and just draw. And then we have Astro Pad. Astro Pad, basically is an app that turns your iPad into a drawing tablet for your Mac computer. It's supposed to be an alternate for the Welcomes antique. I've never used this before, but there's several reviews about this on YouTube. If you want to find out more on that, there are many other drawing APS for Windows and Android users as well. It's all about what you enjoy drawing with. As for hardware and devices, there are several options available as well. When it comes to the stylist, I prefer to use something with pressure sensitivity so that I can mimic a paint brush stroke easier and a final tip for those who will be using a screen based drawing tablet or an iPad pro or something like that, where your hand is on the screen, purchase some cotton globes. It greatly increases palm rejection so that you're not accidentally making marks all over your art. In the next video, we're gonna learn about script letter forms and begin our inspiration hunt. 3. Inspiration Hunt: before we get started with our lettering, I want to walk you through what to look for a while, searching for inspiration. A few places to research style elements are in books. Some books were created for teaching and practicing, while others were created purely for inspiration. This book, called Modern Calligraphy by Molly Super Thorpe, is a teaching and practicing book. It's filled with several forms of modern calligraphy, as you might have guessed, and it includes practicing prompts like rows and columns of alpha bits, each written differently. When you're drawing words, try to think about different letter forms. Have you ever been practicing lettering and noticed that you keep drawing the same type of letter over and over again? If so, books like this are perfect for you because they encourage you to draw different skeletons , which then leads to you creating your own unique styles. Two popular elements that we see in today's lettering or squashes and curls. They're typically used to make lettering look custom, elegant, feminine or fun. Something to look out for is the way the letters connect. Here's a great example in the word loath check out the way the letter O is connected to the letter V. The connector branches over the top and then comes down into the V. If you look at the word smooth, you'll see that the two O's have the typical loop connectors. Try to keep these small details in mind when practicing different letter forms. Another thing you'll notice is that Molly doubled up the thick stroke in order to create high contrast lettering on this page. Irregular excites and baselines give the lettering a playful feel. Notice the way they are, and everything reaches over the X height and dips below the baseline. Also, the O and you is super tiny compared to its fellow letters. This is what I call exaggerated letter forms. This one I really like. Take a look at the letter F in the word for this goes back to creating new and unique letter forms. I love that If it's so pretty soon, me when you draw your script, will it be a connected script also known as cursive, or will it be disconnected? See the words save dates and the wedding. Oh, because Molly pinned these words rather than type them. By definition, it is the script this type of all caps Script is also a popular lettering and calligraphy style. Maybe you'll want to add terminals to your lettering. If so, where will you add them in type design their typically found at the end of the arm, leg or brow of letters such as A, C F G, J R, or why? But in lettering, you may also see them on the ends of swash is this book called Scripts was created by Louise Fili and Steven Hiller. This is an inspiration book, and it's filled with a wide range of script lettering designs from the 19th and 20th centuries. It's a really great resource. Here's one of my favorite spreads from the book. I like it because it shows one phrase written or drawn in several ways with different pins or brushes. Another great resource is a book called Custom Lettering of the Forties and Fifties by Ryan Hughes. This super thick book is beyond filled with custom lettering. I just wanted to highlight a part of the table of contents to show you their script lettering categories. As you can see, they have handwriting, brush, script, pin script, graphics, script. There's just so much goodness in this book, you should definitely check it out. I pulled a couple of images from the book to point out a few more elements. The Q and the F share a unique ligature when you're looking at inspiration and when you're lettering also noticed the seemingly little things, such as the way letter is drawn from start to finish. For example, if you look at the letter in From Queen, you'll notice that the humps stroke branches from the bottom of the first stroke rather than from the middle or top. Now, if you look at the typeface I'm using in this slide, you'll see that the ends hump ranches from near the top to keep your letters cohesive. It's important to pay attention to the way the strokes are tapered at the beginning and end . As you can see with the word editorial, the starting stroke of the D. I. T. And L are all the same because it was written or drawn with the same brush. This is a great thing to keep in mind while drawing and cleaning up your Photoshopped lettering. Oh, and we cannot forget about those ink blood edges. I love that look, which is why we're going to create a digital brush that mimics this appearance. Finally, I wanted to leave you with a few typography tips to help you with your lettering. So here I wrote. The more you understand typography and type design, the better it is for producing well formed lettering, for example, you may want to change up the way you typically draw your crossbar. Sometimes in lower case letters such as T, E and F, the cross bar is straight across. Other times, it's at an angle. This is another element that you can use to help unify your letters and define your style. I've added some different terminal styles for you to consider. Also think about turning and letter spacing. So if we go back up to this word editorial or it's a post to the editorial, it looks like at a Loreal. But I think that was supposed to be a T, so we'll just pretend it says editorial. So this word Editori oh, is tightly Kern. And then if we go back up to this word, imagine the letters air spaced out. So again, that's another thing that affects the style of script lettering that you decide to draw because you enrolled in this class. You have access to download this pdf for free from the project Description page so you can always go back and get some ideas from it. I just want to quickly show you guys this modern script Pinterest board that I created to help you get started in pinning some inspiration for your project. So when looking through this, think about what word, name or phrase you want to draw and what you'll use your lettering for. To give you some ideas, you might be creating a brand logo, a greeting card, an invitation, a book cover, a poster. I mean with lettering. It seems like there are no limits, so definitely check out this Pinterest board from websites are a great way to search for alternate letter forms on this website. I just go to the search bar type in script hit Enter, then I'd like to turn off the images, type in the letter and see what comes up. There's also an advanced search that allows you to exclude styles you don't want to see. Sometimes this works. Sometimes it doesn't depending on what people tagged their typefaces with Okay, now that we have covered what to look for from inspiration, let's pause here and take our first step toward our project by creating a class project in the Project gallery. After you choose the name, word or phrase that you want to draw, add that as your project title. For example, I want to use my lettering on a postcard so my project title will be hello or greetings, because those are the words I want to draw. Once you've taken the time together, at least five pieces of inspiration you can create a Pinterest board and at the link to your project page for others to view or follow. Or you can simply upload a screenshot of your mood board with at least five images. In the next video, we will create a custom lettering brush, so start your project page and let's move on 4. Creating a Lettering Brush: Welcome back. The first time I ever created a Photoshopped lettering brush was when I was cleaning up a lettering piece for Valentine's Day cards. I used my own handwriting as inspiration to draw my script words. Then I traced the final art with a felt tip micron pin, and I needed something to mimic the ink edges while I cleaned up my artwork. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this brush worked. After that, I'm Victor rise my lettering out of my own ink and watercolor textures and boom! It became a card people really like to these, and I was even able to reproduce and sell them with that said, Let's get started. We are going to create a digital brush that looks like ink on paper. The first thing you should do is head over to the Project Description page, then download and install the starter brush. We will use this as a base to create our ink brush for those of you who want to follow along but skip the brush creation, you can download the brush tool preset file to install the brush file. Just double click it initial open in photo shop. However, if you don't see it in your brush list, opened the brush preset picker. Click on the gear icon and choose load brushes. Look at your brush on your computer and click open. To install the breast tool preset, you have to load it from within photo shop. Open the tool presets panel. Click on the menu icon and find load tool presets. Locate your tool preset file and choose open. Once you install your starter brush, we have just one more brush to load, and you can find it inside of Photoshopped CC in the brush Preset picker, Click on the gear icon, scroll down to faux finish brushes and shoes. Append. Make sure you have the starter burst selected and then set your brush flow to 70%. Now head over to your brush panel so we can customize and building brush. So what I'm gonna do is walk you through the settings of my 300 DP I lettering Brush. Make sure your birth size is set to 25 pixels. Make sure the roundness is set at 100%. Make sure spacing is checked on and put it at 5%. Sighs. Jeter is set to 15%. Control is set to pin till with the minimum diameter of 5%. Put your tilt scale all the way up to 200%. Scroll down to angle jitter and set the control to Pinto. Next. The roundness jitter is at 30%. The control is set to pin pressure. Minimum roundness is 25%. Make sure the flip exchequer and the flip y jitter are both selected. Moving on to scattering. Make sure both accesses is checked and set scattered to 20% with account of four and account jitter of 30%. Skip down to do a brush. Make sure that the modus set to hard makes and then scroll down until you see the stencil sponge twirl. This is the brush that we loaded from the faux finish preset. Set the size to 65 pixels. If it isn't already said the spacing to 30% check the both accesses check box and then set scattered to 130% said the count to three. Now let's move on. To transfer beneath flow, Geter set the control to pin pressure in the minimum to 20%. Now we're gonna make sure that we have build up and smoothing chick. So let me show you what build up those buildup is what makes your brush look like it's bleeding into the paper. It's so cool. So don't forget to test out your brush and play around with it. Make changes until you love it just to give you a brush. Roughness tip. If you ever want more or less of a rough textured edge to your brush stroke, try adjusting this scatter percentage less for a smoother line. More for a rougher line. For example, When you're drawing with a smaller brush and cleaning up or adding an edge, you may want the roughness to remain the same. So as you decrease your brush size, you should raise your scatter percentage. Finally, don't forget to save your custom brush, and it's settings as a tool preset now for the eraser. There's a way to erase without using the eraser. It's called clear, and it's in the brushes painting mood now. This only works for layers that don't have a transparent pixel lock on it. This includes a locked back room, unlike your background by clicking on the lock one time, then you'll be able to use the clear paint mode. You'll notice that this makes everything transparent. So if you want your background to remain solid, you have to make sure that you are drawing on a separate layer. I'm going to duplicate the background by using command or control J. Then I'm going to select my background layer and fill it with white, using command, delete or backspace. Then I'm going to re select my duplicate layer. And now my clear mode works as intended. The clear motives cool, but I like being able to move without having to think about my move. So I prefer to use the eraser tool. What I do is make sure I have my lettering brush tool presets selected. Make a mark on the page so that photo shot will know which brush tool I used last. Then grab the eraser tool and open up the brush picker and choose the last used brush. In this case. Since I grabbed the eraser tool and it had a soft brush on it, I had to go to the next brush, which I knew was my lettering brush. Now your eraser is equipped with all of those same brush settings that we created for our in brush. This allows me to just quickly hit the E key for eraser in the B Kiefer brush without having to go to a drop down menu each time. Save your customer eraser as a tool preset. And just like that, you have your very own digital ink brush and matching eraser. In the next video, we will create a lettering guide. 5. Creating a Lettering Guide: So let's have a little story time real quick. What is a lettering guide? The Lettering guide method. It started with me recently one day while I was working on a large wedding stationery and party decor project. At my current day job where I work, we have a ton of projects and super fast deadlines. So for this project, I really wanted to create my own lettering because I felt like this was the perfect time to include more of myself and more of my passion into my project. Also, we have a very limited amount of good script. Typeface is available to us, so most of them are very traditional or old timey. I wanted the lettering on the stationary to have some character and a more modern look, but I needed a fast, structured way to do that. I needed something to guide me, to make things go faster, and so that's when the lettering garden. But that was born for me. I'm sure this isn't new to other freelance illustrators or letters. Basically, I began with a typeface called Amazon. At first I thought, I'll just use this typeface for my design, but I felt like it was too formal or traditional for this modern day style wedding, which had a theme called Garden Party. So I arranged my type the way I wanted it to look using illustrator. Then I brought my type into photo shop, lowered the A pass it Ito, where I could barely see it like 4% and began to draw over it. But in my own style, because I already had the lettering style in mind, I used the typeface as a guideline for keeping my letter spacing, weight and layout in line with my original thoughts for this design. For this, you can use photo shop or illustrator, or any software or app that allows you to edit text. Let's begin by typing out the word, name or phrase that we want to draw. Choose the type face that's close enough to the look you want to go for, but not too close. So if you want to avoid ripping off your inspiration, don't use the exact front or piece of lettering from your inspiration collage. I suggest using a typeface that has a plane or traditional baseline so that you'll be able to create your own baseline without being distracted by one that was created by someone else. As for point size, I recommend at least 72 points for your guide. This is actually the size I used for the wedding stationery, which was on a five by seven inch card. Of course, the point size could be larger or smaller, depending on the product. You intend to use your lettering. One. If you're using Illustrator CC, you'll be able to take advantage of the new touch type tool, which really speeds up the styling process. Arranging layout your type the way you want your finished lettering toe look, such as enlarged drop cup letters, a regular baseline turning spacing, etcetera. After that, you're ready to copy and paste it into Photoshopped. I like to pace my text as a smart object in case I want to transform it without distortion or if I need to edit it later. An illustrator. If you're working in photo shop, you can use the tools you're most comfortable with to help you in any way. For example, if you want to draw on a curve, make a copy of your live text using the shortcut Command J keep the original In case you want to use that point size turning drop cap or other tricks that you applied for different lettering, turn off the original Rast. Arise the duplicate into the free transform mode and click on the warp icon. You can use this to curb your text of it. This will encourage you to draw on a curb rather than just a straight line. If you'd rather just have a curved guideline to draw on, then a faster way would be to grab the shape tool shortcut is you or shift you until you see the Ellipse tool and draw out your curve. After you manipulate your type, drop the opacity down to maybe 5 to 15%. Allow it to be visible enough for you to see, but transparent enough to not be a distraction. The purpose of this type faces to be used as a base of guideline for layout, spacing, letter size, stroke, thickness, etcetera. Remember, we're not copying this typeface. This type will serve as a guideline. Only you'll be making your own design decisions to create a unique lettering piece that is your own. In the next video, we will begin Photoshopped lettering using the lettering. God method. If you want, you can share the typeface that you chose to use as a guy. See you in the next video. 6. Photoshop Lettering I: my inspiration board shows contrast, ing waits, terminals, washes and interesting ligatures. Now I may not use all of these elements, but it's something that will be in my mind. While I'm drawing my word. Begin drawing using your lettering guideline and your own style of littering. Don't be afraid to erase something that isn't working for you. Sometimes trick is to start again. - Make us many layer copies as you need while you draw and figure out your letter size, thickness, spacing and uniqueness. Rotate and flip your art board area as needed. I know a lot of digital painters like to do this, to see things from a different perspective or to get a better drawing angle. I like to do this when I'm editing my curves. I also like to alternate my brush size as I go, I'll use larger sizes for drawing and smaller sizes for editing. Finish up your lettering and upload a screenshot to your project page. If you're not finished with your lettering yet, you can share a process shot to get feedback and ultimately to compare your final art to your rough draft. That's always fun and inspiring to see with. In the next video, I will demonstrate the hand writing with 7. Photoshop Lettering II: begin with sketches or thumbnails of your word in your own handwriting. This could be a pencil on paper sketch or a digital sketch. Another option is to free hand your lettering right here in a photo shop way. To me, the photo shot lettering process is like painting. You block out your artwork first and then refining and cleanup is like sculpting. - Here's an easy cleanup trick that I used to trim or think in a letter. Select the layer contents with command. Click on the layers image icon, then make sure you have a selection tool selected next. You can nudge your outline a bit toward or away from the stroke and use your brush toe. Add or the eraser to remove some weight. Theo Way. Following bonus video, I will show you how to vector. Rise your photoshopped lettering while maintaining its ink brush. Look 8. Bonus: Vectorizing Photoshop Lettering: I'm going to show you how I vector Rise, my Photoshopped littering using adobe Illustrator First, I'll copy it from photo shop. Make sure your lettering layer is selected. Now load the selection of the layer contents by using command. Click on the layer icon and command See for copy. Now go over to illustrator and paste. So I already have an image trace preset. So I'm just gonna walk you through my settings that I like to use way Invicta rising my littering. Sometimes I get this little mistake that happens where there's holes in my lettering so I have to correct it. Otherwise he does this weird thing that you see here there are a couple ways to fix this. I can either turn up the corners percentage a little bit. So I went from 45 to 48 it disappeared. So that's great. The other way that I fix this is by going into photo shop and cleaning up the little tiny holes. Once that part is done out, copy and paste it right back into illustrator, Select my preset and it's fixed. I have a few lettering presets in the one that I'm currently using. I just named it lettering. Three for the threshold I like to have at 90. Paths is set to 100% corners is set to 45% and noise is set to one pixel. As for the method, I have it set to a budding, which creates cut out paths and then for create I have. It's set to Phil's instead of strokes for options, snap curves, tow lines. Sometimes this makes a noticeable difference. Sometimes it doesn't. And then I have ignore White selected, and that is all. 9. Motivation: Congratulations. I am so proud of you for making it to the end of this class. I cannot wait to see what you create. So please remember to upload your project. Starting with an image of your inspiration board. I created this class with you in mind. So I want to see what you create with your new or enhanced Photoshopped lettering skills. When you upload your project, you will inspire and encourage others to upload their projects. And then we will all get to see each other's beautiful work. If you've enjoyed this class, please give it a positive review. Doing this will increase the class visibility and allow other lettering, lovers toe find and enjoy it as well. I hope you had a much fun as I did. Thank you so much. And I'll see you in my next class.