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Mastering iPad Lettering with Procreate 4

Molly Suber Thorpe, Calligrapher & Graphic Designer

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18 Videos (2h 11m)
    • Mastering iPad Lettering

      3:46
    • Tech Specs

      4:44
    • Gallery Interface

      4:06
    • Canvas Interface

      14:08
    • Letter Guide Sheets

      5:48
    • Brushes!

      11:02
    • Importing Brushes

      5:07
    • Lettering Essentials – Getting Started

      11:21
    • Importing Backgrounds

      4:55
    • Ombré Lettering

      6:33
    • Watercolor Lettering Effect

      9:26
    • Shading & Drop Shadows

      8:59
    • Adding Highlights

      5:35
    • Effects: Blur, Color, & Noise

      5:30
    • OMG Masking!

      10:03
    • Bonus 1 – Make Your Own Brushes

      12:39
    • Bonus 2 – Custom Color Palettes

      2:51
    • Bonus 3 – The Power of Copy/Paste

      3:59

About This Class

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This start-to-finish class will teach you the essentials of hand lettering on the iPad with Procreate, plus provide in-depth lessons about popular effects (like ombré lettering) and challenging skills (like lettering in layer masks). I show you my favorite techniques for some of the most popular and fun hand lettering effects, and I share tips and shortcuts for a smooth workflow.

Are you a total beginner? Fear not! This class starts at the very beginning with an introductory exploration of Procreate 4’s revamped interface and the cool new ways it interacts with the iPad operating system. I even give you free guide sheets so you can practice your letters.

➤  Topics covered include:

  • Procreate 4 interface and the new iOS11 Files app
  • Lettering basics from drawing letters and baselines to selecting and resizing
  • Brush tutorials on importing, editing, and designing them from scratch
  • Adjustments for recoloring and adding texture
  • Effects like ombré and watercolor brush lettering
  • Dimension, drop shadows, and shading
  • Highlights and simple text decoration
  • Alpha Lock for recoloring and erasing with precision
  • Masking for layered effects and nondestructive erasing
  • Copy/paste tricks to divide up layers and combine files
  • Color palette customization and shortcuts

I've included 56 MB of free downloads to help you follow along: Procreate lettering practice sheets, calligraphy guideline sheets, and a variety of textured and watercolor backgrounds. These are available in the Your Project section.

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➤  Useful links:

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➤  Check out my two books:

     1. Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy

     2. The Calligrapher's Business Handbook: Pricing & Policies for Lettering Artists (new!)

+ Follow my Instagram and tag me in your projects: @plurabellestudio.

+ Sign up for my Workshop News Bulletin to stay informed about my upcoming, in-person classes.

+ Visit Calligrafile.com, my newest venture: a massive online resource guide for lettering artists and creative freelancers, with 1,000+ recommended supplies, books, online classes, and helpful links.

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➤  Video outlines with time stamps:

  • Tech & Hardware Specs
    • Intro to iOS11: 0:18
    • Download Procreate 4: 1:56
    • My tablet drawing glove: 2:55
    • Clean your screen!: 4:05
  • Gallery Interface
    • Rename and reorder files: 0:30
    • Stacks: 1:13
    • Share/duplicate/delete functions: 1:36
    • Import images from the cloud or camera roll: 2:00
    • Create a new file/canvas from preset: 2:26
    • Create custom canvas and save as new preset: 2:52
  • Canvas Interface
    • Basics of the design interface: 0:00
    • Image settings menu: 0:56
    • Canvas settings menu: 2:24
    • Sharing and exporting: 3:14
    • Time-lapse videos: 3:51
    • Preferences menu: 4:29
    • Help menu: 4:52
    • Magic wand menu: 5:36
    • Making selections: 6:00
    • Smudge tool: 7:24
    • Eraser tool: 7:51
    • Layers palette: 8:07
      • Layer groups: 8:25
      • Delete/duplicate/lock: 9:07
      • Other layer options: 9:15
      • Alpha lock: 9:51
      • Merging layers: 10:57
      • Opacity and blending modes: 11:30
    • Color palette: 12:46
  • Letter Guide Sheets
    • Install my free letter guide sheets: 0:18
  • Brushes!
    • Brush menu overview: 0:18
    • Brush settings and adjustments: 1:45
  • Importing Brushes
    • Split screen with Files app: 0:40
    • Make new brush set: 2:46
    • Install brushes: 2:56
  • Lettering Essentials – Getting Started
    • Background color: 0:32
    • Draw baselines: 1:42
    • Starting to write: 3:12
    • Move and rearrange words: 4:17
    • Recolor letters: 5:12
    • Alpha Lock: 9:50
  • Importing Backgrounds
    • Place using Files app: 0:30
    • Positioning and adjusting background image: 1:31
    • Insert photo from camera roll: 4:28
  • Ombré Effect
    • Set up lettering for ombré coloring: 0:20
    • Bright rainbow effect: 1:19
    • Subtle ombré: 2:56
    • Ombré backgrounds: 5:29
  • Watercolor Effect
    • Customize watercolor brush: 1:00
    • Writing in watercolor: 3:22
    • Finishing touches: 4:16
    • Bleeding edges: 6:50
  • Shading & Drop Shadows
    • 3D dimension: 0:52
    • Hand drawn drop shadow: 3:37
    • Internal shading: 6:24
  • Adding Highlights
    • Bright dimension: 0:35
    • Hand drawn highlights: 1:26
    • Highlights as decoration: 3:04
    • White outline trick: 4:14
  • Effects: Blur, Color & Noise
    • Recolor with Hue, Saturation, Brightness: 1:04
    • Recolor with Color Balance: 2:22
    • Add noise for texture: 3:19
    • Blur: 4:50
  • OMG Masking!
    • Basics of masking: 0:35
    • Masked watercolor wash effect: 6:45
    • Masking placed images: 8:24
  • Bonus 1 – Make Your Own Brushes
    • Make a semi-custom brush: 1:18
    • Make a fully custom brush: 6:20
  • Bonus 2 – Custom Color Palettes
    • Import inspiraton image: 0:20
    • Make custom palette: 0:42
    • Picking colors: 1:06
    • Set default palettes: 1:55
    • A nifty shortcut: 2:15
  • Bonus 3 – The Power of Copy/Paste
    • Double borders: 0:39
    • Divide up layers: 1:47
    • Paste into new file: 2:57

34 of 34 students recommendSee All

I've been lettering in Procreate for about four months now, and Molly really covers all of the little tricks that I haven't been able to figure out on my own. I can already tell that she's helped me up my iPad lettering game!
Melanie Yarbrough

Hand letterer, illustrator, and designer

Very in depth explanation. Loved the class! Can't wait to incorporate these lessons!
So helpful! Thank you!
Shelley Hitz

Artist, Illustrator, Author Coach

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Molly Suber Thorpe

Calligrapher & Graphic Designer

Molly Suber Thorpe is an award-winning graphic designer, calligrapher, and bestselling author. She is credited as a driving force behind the modern calligraphy movement and achieved renown for her book, Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy. Her second book, The Calligrapher's Business Handbook, guides lettering artists in crafting a thriving freelance career.

Since its release, Modern Calligraphy has sold over 60,000 copie...

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