Paper to Digital: Create Your Own Hand Drawn Font

Jennifer 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

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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 (Mac only). 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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Loved this class! Very helpful!
This was a really great class, very informative with precise clear instructions which made the class easy to follow. Highly recommended, I think it will bring a new shine to my artwork! Thanks a lot!
This great class is actually two skills in one - firstly, best practice for hand lettered fonts, then how to use the 3rd-party app Glyphs, to digitize and export a fully functional font. Within 1 evening, I had built my first real font! Jenn is a relaxed and thorough teacher, almost like your workmate sitting beside you to explain a new technique.
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Jennifer Coyle

Skillshare Teacher, Designer, Illustrator

I'm Jenn Coyle, a Philadelphia-based UI/UX designer, illustrator, and blogger. ENFJ.

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. I've watched The Office at least 4x through. Things that rock my socks...

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