Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font

Jennifer Coyle, Skillshare Teacher, Designer, Illustrator

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10 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Intro to Font Design: Hand Drawn Fonts

      1:36
    • 2. Project Overview

      1:21
    • 3. Anatomy of Typography + Key Concepts

      4:21
    • 4. Materials Needed

      3:11
    • 5. Getting Started: Brainstorming and Sketching

      5:47
    • 6. Inking Your Letters

      4:08
    • 7. Digitizing Part 1: Preparing in Photoshop, Tracing in Illustrator

      11:53
    • 8. Digitizing Part 2: Setting up Illustrator File, Pasting into Glyphs App

      11:39
    • 9. Digitizing Part 3: Creating Your Font in Glyphs!

      9:55
    • 10. Final Thoughts and Next Steps

      0:45
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Project Description

Hand Drawn Font

ASSIGNMENT

Create an all-caps font by transforming your hand lettering or handwriting into a working desktop font. Start with sketches on paper and end up with a fully digitized font.

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This assignment will cover a multitude of helpful lettering techniques like typography basics, letterform brainstorming, and taking your designs from paper to digital. You can create a font that is for you or for a client.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Download Attachment

DELIVERABLES AND PHASES

Share your work as you follow along with each step. To help keep you inspired and to motivate your classmates, create your student project now with your initial sketches and update it with images as you cover these key phases:

  • Inspiration images
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  • Rough sketches of your letterforms

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  • Inked or finalized drawings

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  • Digitized letterforms in Illustrator

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  • A full A to Z sample in Glyphs
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  • Optional in-use sample

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  • Optional full font set, including numbers and symbols

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Download the free printable cheat sheet in the class downloads below.

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Use the hashtag #MAKEFONTS :)

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