Outline Lettering Effect: Digital Lettering with Procreate | Alisiah Hug | Skillshare

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Outline Lettering Effect: Digital Lettering with Procreate

teacher avatar Alisiah Hug, Lefty Hand Letterer

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Base Outline/Stroke

    • 3. Collective Outline/Stroke

    • 4. Multiple Outlines/Strokes

    • 5. Adding Clipping Masks

    • 6. Project

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In this class, I will be showing you a few different outline/stroke styles you can add to your digital hand lettering in the app Procreate. I will demonstrate a basic stroke around an individual word, a collective outline around your quote/piece, and some fun ways to spice those up! These elements can easily be incorporated into your digital lettering practice to enhance your pieces. Can't wait to see you in class!


  • iPad (Pro)
  • Apple Pencil/Stylus
  • App: Procreate

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Alisiah Hug

Lefty Hand Letterer


Welcome! My name is Alisiah (uh-lissie-uh) and I am lefty hand letterer. I went to school for teaching, but along the way I fell in love with hand lettering and I am here on Skillshare to combine the two. My heart is to share impactful messages through hand lettering. Modern calligraphy is more than pretty writing, it is a platform from which to impact others. In my work I want there to be a message, some meaning behind the piece. For it to be a conversation starter, a reminder of encouragement, a tool to lift others up and empower them.

When I'm not teaching or hand lettering, I am probably dancing, anytime anywhere. I am addicted to learning, I love figuring out how things work or how to do new things. I will eat just about any ice cream that has cookie dough or cake b... See full profile

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1. Intro: welcome to outline lettering effects. Digital lettering with procreate. My name is Alicia, and I am an abstract in hand lettering artist, if you are new here. Welcome. I'm so excited you're joining us. And if you've taken some of my other classes Welcome back. Thank you for coming back in this class. I'll be showing you a few different styles of outlined strokes that you can use to enhance your lettering. For this class, you will need an iPad with the app procreate. A swell as a stylist or apple pencil. All right, let's get started. 2. Base Outline/Stroke: in this class, I'll be showing you how to create a stroke or an outline around the letters in your quote. So here I'm just lettering. My quote. You could use any quote that you want, Of course. And any lettering brush that you prefer. All right, Now that I finish lettering, I'm going to go to my layers, duplicate the layer. I'm actually gonna create a new earlier just to test him colors and see what I want to use . Actually, kind of like this reddish maroon color, So I think I'm gonna stick with that. I want to turn that layer off for now. Then we'll go to the bottom layer. Slide it to turn on Alfa lock Turn off the top layer, go to my brushes, choose the hard airbrush and just paint over it in that red color. When I go back to my layers, turn off alfa lock turn the top layer back on and I want to go to make sure that layer selected Gaussian blur Just gonna add a little bit Taxes The guideline that I'm going to select that layer back to my brushes, I'm gonna paint over it to make it darker since the Gaussian blur. Phase it so much So this is gonna act as like a guideline when we create our stroke. Like I said, you can expand it or make it a small for sure cause you want. As you can see, it's pretty pixelated and not very clear. So this isn't enough, in my opinion, So I'm going to just use it as a guy line. I'm gonna go to the thinner, hard airbrush I'm going, Teoh show you if you haven't low streamline is gonna be a lot more sensitive to movement. But if you turn the streamline up, it's gonna be a lot smoother. So I'm gonna use it with the higher streamline now, in a layer above the Gaussian Blur, I'm going to start creating that outline. You can play around with the size of the brush to make it just thick or thin as you want. I'm just gonna go around the outside of the word using that the Gaussian Blur layer as sort of an outline as a guide. And by doing this on a separate layer, that allows me to kind of change my mind a little bit like if I wanted to be thinner than the guy light or thicker than the guy in line. - You know, I'm gonna go back and kind of fill in the inside of that layer. You just drag the color over and to fill. It works sometimes, but depending on how big the area is, it might be easier to dish brush over it. Also do if you will touch ups, - and it can take a few tries to get it consistent or how you like it. No, I'm doing the same color on top of the background color. But if it's easier for you to see the difference, you could do it in a different color and change it later can going back to fill it in. And I could just turn off both layers so that I can see where it needs to be filled in. Missed a spot right there. No wonder terminal years back on again and continue on with the rest of my coat way and the rest of the lettering. I use a combination of the fill tool with just brushing it in, depending on how big the spaces are that need to be painted in. All right, I want to turn my top player back on and I have my quote. I could also change the color of my top layer by turning on Alfa Lock, using that hard brush again and just brushing over it. You can change any of the layer colors, so you're not locked into one. And this is the basic outline, the basic stroke for letters. 3. Collective Outline/Stroke: in this lesson, I will be showing you how to create a collective outline or stroke for your entire quote as opposed to the individual letters. Like we did in the last lesson. So not want to go to my layers and with a duplicate the previous outline so that we have a backup gonna turn the old one of them off. You know, I'm gonna go to that heart airbrush again the thin one and have the stream lined up high and I'm gonna start to merge the two. So I watched the whole middle to be filled in. I'm just gonna, like, play around to kind of see how I want some of the edges to be filled in Because there could be some of the tricky part The insides are easy, but the edges for how you want it shape, toe look So I think I want in between some of the letters to be filled in a swell No, This case is gonna be the tricky part. Figure out a shape out of look natural. It really just takes a lot of trial and error. - I'm just gonna come back to that one in a minute. - All right, So now I want to go around my letters again just to make those edges thicker. You could keep it with a thinner stroke on the outside, but I feel like with the inside filled in that I would like a thicker struck along the edges. - All right, in here is our collective outline. 4. Multiple Outlines/Strokes: Now, let's add multiple outlines. Right. So we're going to start with what we had before with our collective outline. I'm going to create a new layer, Move it under red, gonna go to that thin hard brush again with the streamliner. And I'm doing a purplish color this time. And it's basically just the same technique just going around on the outside. You could make it thinner. You could make it sticker. - All right, Now I have the outline, and you could leave it like this. Or you can also go back saying, Kept some other ones, huh? You go back and fill in that layer if you'd like, Turn my top players back on, and now I have multiple strokes. 5. Adding Clipping Masks: in this lesson, I'll be showing you how you can use a clipping mask to give your outlines more pop some texture, right? So I'm gonna use the collective stroke or outline that we had from before. Then a paste, an image when you go in there and then a tap on that icon go down to clipping mask. You know, I made sure it was right above the layer I wanted it to clip to, and I could turn on a background color to make it pop even further. It could also play around with clipping it to some different outlines in the multiple shrove option. So I have this black kind of sparkle image have the white kind of shimmer image, and I'm gonna move them to the layer. I wanted to clip to tap it, turn it on, go down to clipping mask. And this is one option. I could leave it just like this. E can also go back in and bring in another image in clip it above the purple ear and another option. I could also move it to the bottom outline and get yet another just time. It could also play around with the background color. You really have a lot of different options when you pull in those clipping masks, and I think it's really fun to play around with them. So I hope this gave you some ideas of how you can add clipping masks to further enhance your outline. Lettering pieces. 6. Project: Thank you so much for joining me. I hope in this class we have been able to find some tips and tricks that you can use with your lettering practice and your lettering designs. Project for this class is to use one or combination of the outline techniques to enhance your lettering and then to upload an image to the project tab. I cannot wait to see what you make. If you'd like to connect Beyonce, kill share. You can find me on Instagram at LSE. American Hug. Thank you again. So much for joining me. 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