Vectorize with Adobe Illustrator's Pen Tool

Franceen Loy, Here's to the fools who dream.

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11 Videos (55m)
    • Introduction

      0:49
    • What is a vector?

      2:36
    • Tools + Software

      2:44
    • Sketch + Scan

      5:17
    • Pen Tool Practice (part 1)

      9:11
    • Pen Tool Practice (part 2)

      6:19
    • Importing Your Scanned Image

      3:05
    • Vectorizing Your Word

      4:57
    • Edit + Clean Up Your Path

      7:02
    • Pathfinder + Timelapse

      8:42
    • Bonus Steps + Saving Your Work

      4:20

About This Class

Hi there! As we've all noticed, hand-lettered type has been extremely popular these days. But without a tablet, how would one go about digitizing and vectorizing their hand lettered type? If you're interested in finding out, this class is for you! I'm going to be teaching you not only how to vectorize your handwriting, but how to do it with the Pen Tool. Knowing how to use the pen tool will allow you to vectorize almost anything, including logos and illustrations—not just hand-lettered type—which makes this class even more exciting! What you'll learn: - What is a vector?- Importing your images- Using and controlling the Pen Tool- Editing your lines and shapes- Saving and exporting your work- Bonus: Adding depth to your vectorized word. Tools needed: - Writing Materials (Paper, pencil, pen, etc.)- Camera, smart phone, or scanner- Computer or iPad- Vector editing software or app (Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer, ProtoSketch, etc.) NOTE: There is a faster way to vectorize with the use of Illustrator's "Image Trace" option. Personally, I am not a big fan of it because of the rough look that it gives (maybe I'm doing it wrong? Lol), but if that's what you're looking to learn, then this class might not be for you. Do stick around though, maybe the pen tool could be something you'll grow to like. (:

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Franceen Loy

Here's to the fools who dream.