The Final Steps of Hand-Lettering: Color & Texture (Lettering II) Premium class

Mary Kate McDevitt, Letterer

17 Videos (4h 10m)
  • Getting Started

    • Trailer

      02:13
    • Getting Started Part 1

      6
      6
      05:36
    • Getting Started Part 2

      7
      7
      08:08
  • Digitize

    • Scanning and Digitizing

      3
      3
      17:09
    • Digitizing

      2
      2
      59:46
  • Color

    • Color Part 1

      11:24
    • Color Part 2

      03:23
    • Color Part 3

      08:55
  • Texture

    • Handmade Textures Part 1

      09:49
    • Handmade Textures Part 2

      12:34
    • Handmade Textures Part 3

      03:23
    • Incorporating Handmade Textures Part 1

      10:17
    • Incorporating Handmade Textures Part 2

      24:26
    • Incorporating Handmade Textures Part 3

      22:15
    • Photoshop Brushes and Texture

      14:41
    • Final Details

      21:39
  • Finalizing

    • Finalizing

      13:58

About This Class

This is the second class in a two part series on Hand Lettering. See: The First Steps of Hand Lettering is linked.  

Here, we'll pick up where we left off and explore the process of bringing a piece all the way to a final digital state.

In this class, you'll learn my process for digitizing lettering, using color, and adding texture to illustrations. I will offer tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way and demonstrate how you can use them in your own illustrations.

If you find letters beautiful and want to turn your handwriting into artful drawings, this is the class for you. Even if you're already a skilled letterer, you will learn new tips on what to avoid when adding color and texture and how to make a clean final file that is ready to share with friends online or send to a printer.

What You'll Learn

I'll walk you through the step-by-step process to create a final hand lettered piece.

  • Digitizing  You will learn how to digitize your lettering without compromising the hand-drawn edge. We'll scan, clean up, and vectorize in this phase.
  • Adding color – We will take a look at different methods for adding color to your lettering.
  • Creating texture – We will discuss new ways to add texture to your drawing to make it your own. 
  • Finish touches – We'll cover those final touches you can apply to create a great final piece. 

What You'll Make

We'll take a hand-lettered phrase and finalize it by vectorizing, adding color, and bringing in texture.

While the most crucial part of an illustration is, of course, the drawing, knowing how to add color and texture to create deliverable files to your client is also very important. 

98% Positive Reviews 239 See All

Excellent class with great attention to detail. Helped a relative photoshop newbie like myself understand layer masks and texturing. Also incredibly well produced, which is a massive bonus. Highly recommend.
Kitty Fantastico

London creative

I'm technically a beginner when it comes to Illustrator and Photoshop. This class taught me SO much.. I've watched and rewatched the videos so many times. Favorite class I've taken so far. :)
Jennifer Suydam

- create the things you wish existed -

I've taught school for over 30 years, including 11 years teaching art, and I am impressed by Mary Kate's innate ability to teach. That combined with her excellent analysis of the process which was then organized into logical steps made for an easy to follow class. Well done. I learned sooooo much from her. Thanks, Mary Kate.

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My name is Mary Kate McDevitt, and I've been working as a full time freelance letterer since 2010. I've had the privilege of working for a number of great clients, including Nintendo, Sesame Street, Nike, O Magazine, Chronicle Books and CMYK Magazine and more. I take on a variety of projects; everything from editorial illustrations to headlines for advertising, to book covers, journals, posters, wine labels, and products.

I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my boyfriend, the screen printer Fred DiMeglio, and my fluffy cat Peppy Mew Mew.

For more information, and to view my entire portfolio, visit marykatemcdevitt.com.