Pen tool for lettering: Vectorising scripts with the pen tool using Affinity Designer

Ivana Maric, Lettering Artist & Designer

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14 Lessons (1h 41m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:06
    • 2. Class Project

      2:32
    • 3. Affinity Designer Quick Tour

      4:59
    • 4. Software Adjustments

      3:26
    • 5. Pen Tool

      9:45
    • 6. Point Placement

      22:59
    • 7. Optical Corrections

      5:03
    • 8. Setting Up the File

      4:06
    • 9. Guides

      2:21
    • 10. Monoline

      17:05
    • 11. Adding Weight

      6:26
    • 12. Retrace

      7:46
    • 13. Refining

      9:39
    • 14. Colors and Exporting

      3:36
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About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to take your sketch of a script lettering and turn it into beautiful vector curves!

This class is for anyone struggling with using the pen tool to vectorize their lettering. I see a lot of people avoid the pen tool (I was one of them!) because it's hard, confusing and takes a lot of time. If you ever got frustrated by the pen tool, I made this class for you!

Even if you are not interested in scripts, you can still benefit from the class and learn how to work with the pen tool. You never know when that perfect client comes knocking and they ask for vector files.

You'll learn all about vectors and the pen tool and how to place your vector points, how many points you need and more. We'll go through a three-step process of applying all of that on a piece of script lettering. 

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I will be using Affinity Designer for this class, but you are free to use any other vector drawing program as long as it has the pen tool. The method I’m teaching in this class doesn’t rely on any special features found in any specific software so choose whatever you are comfortable with. The only thing you have to be familiar with before starting this class is a little bit about how the software of your choice works.

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If you ever wondered how to bring your sketch or Procreate artwork to vectors, and deliver vector files to your clients, create cut files for sale or even try out font design, this is the perfect class for you!

This class is ideal for intermediate levels and anyone who wishes to get better at working with the pen tool.