Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font

Jenn Coyle, Skillshare Teacher, Designer, Illustrator

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10 Videos (55m)
    • Intro to Font Design: Hand Drawn Fonts

    • Project Overview

    • Anatomy of Typography + Key Concepts

    • Materials Needed

    • Getting Started: Brainstorming and Sketching

    • Inking Your Letters

    • Digitizing Part 1: Preparing in Photoshop, Tracing in Illustrator

    • Digitizing Part 2: Setting up Illustrator File, Pasting into Glyphs App

    • Digitizing Part 3: Creating Your Font in Glyphs!

    • Final Thoughts and Next Steps


About This Class

Love typography? Have you always wanted to design your own typeface? Guess what: you don't have to be an expert to create your own font. Learn how designer and illustrator Jenn Coyle of Hello Brio Studio creates hand drawn fonts. In this 50-minute class, you’ll learn all the steps of font-making from sketching to digitizing. By the end, you’ll have a personalized all-caps font that you love. Make sure to read the full Project Assignment before getting started.


In this class, you'll learn first and foremost that when you're creating your own font, it doesn't have to be perfect to be awesome.

I will take you through the entire process of hand drawn font creation, from brainstorming to sketching, then from digitizing in Photoshop and Illustrator to plugging in your letterforms into Glyphs App. I'll teach a lot of time-saving tips and tricks that will allow you to create your own all-caps font in no time.

  • Learn where to start when brainstorming letter styles
  • Find font inspiration from what you already know
  • Typography anatomy basics and what goes into making a cohesive typeface
  • Best practices for sketching and inking your hand lettering
  • Digitize your artwork quickly using Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Use how to use Glyphs Mini App
  • Export and create your all-caps desktop font!

This course was created with designers in mind. But even if you aren't a Photoshop or Illustrator expert, you will be able to follow along and learn all of my tricks. No matter what - the main purpose is to inspire you to create your own font and make it your own!

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This was awesome! Especially the part on kerning and spacing using Glyphs.
I have been wanting to create a font from my own hand lettering for many years...and now I have! Jenn's instruction was clear, well thought out, and very thorough. I had no idea it was this easy to create a font, but I'm sure it would have taken me much, much longer to work it all out by myself. Jenn gets straight to the point with how to construct the letters; how to edit in Photoshop; and then in Illustrator; and even which font software you need and where to get it from. It was so easy to do, and ridiculously addictive - I can see me creating many more. One of my favourite Skillshare classes so far - thanks Jenn!
Super class - thanks so much for all the informations !!!
Monika Zwiefelhofer

Passionate Graphic- & Webdesigner





Jenn Coyle

Skillshare Teacher, Designer, Illustrator

I'm Jenn Coyle, a Philadelphia-based designer, illustrator, and blogger. INFJ.

I live for funky-cute illustration styles and have a passion for typography. Follow along with my tutorials on to learn about digital illustration, or take my Skillshare classes.

Fun facts: I have a degree in Interior Design; I don't use it. I'm mildly allergic to peanuts. I play the ukulele. Fueled by burritos and pizza. I've watched The Office at least 4x through. Things that rock my socks: beer, brunch, pens, puppies, and indie music and films.