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Decorate Your iPad Lettering+ Free Lettering Templates & Textures

teacher avatar Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher | author

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Decorate Your iPad Lettering


    • 2.

      Downloads and Inspiration


    • 3.

      Sketching and Using Fonts


    • 4.

      Creating a Mask


    • 5.

      Applying Textures


    • 6.

      Textures and Brushes


    • 7.

      Adding Decoration


    • 8.

      Templates and Symmetry


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About This Class

In this class, I'll show you how to create decorative and illustrative hand lettering on your iPad in Procreate. You don’t have to be good at lettering to take this class, because I’ll show you how to use fonts as templates for designing your lettering.  I’ll show you five different styles and layouts, so you can learn tons of ways to bring your own unique style into decorating your lettering.

In the class you'll learn how to:

  • use a gold texture to turn a simple quote into a bright, shimmering work of art.
  • apply any texture to your lettering.
  • create a simple quote with two different types of lettering, and use texture brushes to add dimension to the words and background.
  • create the your own texture brushes, so you can turn any texture into a Procreate brush.
  • weave decorative elements in and out of the text to create a three dimensional effect.
  • use templates to layout text in an oval shape, then use the symmetry tool to create whimsical decoration around a quote.
  • build up layers to create a 3D effect that makes your lettering pop off the page.

When you take this class you’ll learn every part of my design process and get all of my lettering templates, so you don’t have to spend time drawing guides each time you create a new lettering piece.

The amazing thing about this process is that you can turn any phrase or quote into a beautiful piece of lettering art in a few simple steps.  You can use the projects you create in this class in digital and print form, so whether you’re making a greeting card for a friend or selling digital or printable art, this process will help you take your lettering to a whole new level.

All you need to take this class is a quote that you love, your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.

Here is the Pinterest inspiration board.

Here is the link to the downloads page. (the password is at the beginning of the class)

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Liz Kohler Brown

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1. Decorate Your iPad Lettering: Hi everyone. I'm Liz. I'm an artist, illustrator and teacher. Today I want to show you how to create decorative and illustrative hand lettering on your iPad in Procreate. You don't have to be good at lettering to take this class because I'll show you how to use fonts as templates for designing your lettering. First, we'll use a gold texture to turn a simple quote into a bright, shimmering work of art. I'll show you how to apply any texture to your lettering so you can create lettering pieces that really stand out online and in print. Next, we'll create a simple quote with two different types of lettering, and use texture brushes to add dimension to the words and background. I'll show you how to create your own texture brushes so you can turn any texture into a procreate brush. Next, we'll use botanical elements to decorate a quote. I'll show you how to weave decorative elements in and out of the quote to create a three-dimensional effect. Next, we'll use templates to lay out text in an oval shape. Then use the cemetery tool to create whimsical decoration around a quote. When you take this class, you'll learn every part of my design process, and get all of my lettering templates. You don't have to spend time drawing guides each time you create a new lettering piece. The amazing thing about this process is that you can turn any quote into a beautiful illustration in a few easy steps. All you need to take this class is a quote that you love, your iPad and a stylus. I'll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus or even your finger. Let's get started. 2. Downloads and Inspiration: The first thing I want to do is show you how to get all of the downloads that you'll need for this class. You'll see a link in the About Section to get to this page and you will need a password to get into that page. I'll show the password on screen right now. Once you get into that page, you'll see the options to download these both individually and as one big folder. If you just want to get it as one big folder, you'll click "Download everything" and if you want to download individually, you can just go to each item that you want to pick up and click on it. If you're going to do this individually, you can click and hold on the item and then click open in a new tab. Once that new tab opens, you can click and hold to get the option to save the image. For the glitter textures, you can just click "Save Image" and that saves it to your photos. Then for the brushes, you'll do the same thing. Click and hold, open a new tab, and once that new tab opens, you can click "Open and Procreate." If you don't see procreate, click "More" here and then choose procreate from the list. Once you do that, you can go into procreate and look in your imported brushes section and you'll see all of the brushes that you've saved there. It will save a little bit of time to do this as one big folder rather than downloading individually, but you would need an app on your iPad that lets you unzip folders. I use the app iZip, and you can get that for free in the app store. To download that folder, click and hold, click "Open in a new tab." Once that tab opens, you'll have to wait just a few seconds for the folder to download, and once it downloads, you should see the name of the Then if you have the iZip or whatever program you're using to unzip folders on your iPad, click "Open in iZip" and then you'll get the message, "Would you like to extract all files?", and click "Okay." Then you'll see all of the files on this list, and if you want to open one of the brushes, just click the "Brush" one time, click "Open", and then copy to procreate. Now when I go to my imported brushes section in procreate, I'll see the brush at the very top there. It's the same process for the gold papers. I'll click the "Glitter Texture" one time and then click "Open In" and then add to procreate. Now when I go to my procreate gallery, I'll see the Glitter Texture at the very top. Before I get started with a new lettering project, I really like to start with getting some inspiration. I usually go to Pinterest for lettering inspiration. But there are also a lot of great books and libraries and bookstores and a lot of other online sources that you can use. I created a Pinterest board with a lot of inspiration for this class, and I'll put a link to this board in the About Section of the class. There are so many different options for layouts and fonts and color palettes. This is a great place to start just to get an idea of what lettering you're drawn to. Maybe you're more of a black and white lettering person with just some really simple text and decoration. Or maybe you like to add a lot more color, and have some simple print with some nice illustrative work. I recommend you start by just looking around at some lettering that you like and getting an idea from there where you want to start. The goal of this class is to get to the point where you could look at any of these pieces and figure out how you could make a similar piece and procreate. We're going to look at a lot of options for layering and using different types of fonts, so you can not necessarily copy these, but use this as inspiration to get started with your first lettering pieces. Let's go ahead and get started on our first project. 3. Sketching and Using Fonts: So for this first project, we're going to do a really simple lettering piece, and just add some nice texture to the lettering and to the background to help the quote standout. I'm going to click the Plus symbol to create a new canvas. Click "Create Custom Size", and I'll be using inches, and 10 by 10 inches. This is just the size I'd like to use. This tends to work for most online and print uses. But you may have a different use for your lettering, so just use whatever size works best for your project. I'll click "Create" to open the canvas. Then I like to start by just sketching out my quote, to try to figure out how I wanted to lay out the piece. I'm on a brand new layer and I like to use the Narinder Pencil. This is from the sketching section of the brushes in Procreate, and this is just a simple pencil brush. I'm going to get black as my color. I'm just going to take a moment to think about the composition, how I want to lay the text out, and the different types of font combinations I want to use. So once I get that laid out, I can use the Move tool to move it to the center of the canvas, and I can grab the Selection tool with free-hand selected and circle a text that isn't in the right place and just shift it around. This doesn't have to be perfect. This is just my original sketch, so it just gives me an idea of what kind of fonts I want to use. Here I'm using a hand-lettered or cursive text, and then here I'll use a print. For this piece, I want to show you how to write these by hand on the print pieces, but also how to use a font for the cursive pieces. If you love hand-lettering and you would like to do all of your own hand-lettering, then you could do all of this by hand. But if you're not 100 percent happy with how your lettering looks, or you really just want to use a totally different style in this piece, using a font is a great option to get started with designing your piece. I'm going to use a font for these two pieces. I like to use the app Over for this. Over is a free app and it lets you download fonts that you can get from anywhere online as long as they're okay for commercial use. You just want to double-check that the fonts you use are okay for commercial use because if you ever use these for your business or to sell, you just want to be sure you're using a font that doesn't have any copyright restrictions. The first thing I'll do is create a new canvas in Over. I'll click the Plus symbol and I use the Transparent color option. So that means your document will not have a background and that makes it easier to work with and procreate. I'm going to use the square canvas option, but you can scroll over and get different size options. Then I'll click the Check symbol to open that canvas. Now I'll put some text down on my canvas by clicking the Text tool. I'm just going to type my first part of my quote here. Once you type your quote, then you can just scroll over and choose a font that you like. Now the Over app says that all of the fonts in this program are free for commercial use if you use them with the Over app, but I still like to get fonts online because I see a lot of these fonts all over, so they're common. You can use the fonts that are in here or you can go online and download one that's free for commercial use. That's what I've done here, this is the playlist font. Once I type that word, I can just click the Check symbol, and now I can make some changes to the layout of this word. I can click "Color" and change it to black. I can click "Size" and increase the size, and then I can just put my finger on the canvas and move to move it around. Now I need the text "shine" here as well. So I'll just type that word and it's already in the font I was using before. I can change the color and put that in place. This doesn't have to be perfect. I can move this around and procreate later, but I just like to get it in the general area of where I know I want that word to be. So if you decide you want to download a font and bring it into the Over app, it's really easy. I'll just open Chrome and I'll type, "fonts free for commercial use". The first one that comes up here is 1001 Fonts. That's the site that I like to use, they have a ton of options and it's really easy. You can just scroll down and find a font that you'd like, and you can see there's 458 pages, so there's plenty of options to choose from. I'll just choose a font from this list and click "Download". That will open this in a new window and you should see the zip file here and you can click "DOWNLOAD". Then click "OPEN IN", and since this is a zip file, we will need a iZip or a similar program to unzip the file. I'll click "Copy to iZip" and we'll get the message, "Do you want to extract all the files?" Okay. Then you'll see the font. The font is right here. TTF file is a font file. I'll click that one time, "Open in" and then I'll find Over. So I'll click "Copy to Over", and I see "Installation Success". So now that font will show up on my list of fonts. If you want to grab your own font, just go ahead and do that process. For this piece, I'm happy with the font I have here, so I'll click the Check mark. I'm ready to save that to my iPad. So I'll click the Share button here and click "Save to Photos". 4. Creating a Mask: Now I can go back to my quote and procreate. Click the tool symbol, image, insert a photo. Choose that on the photos list, and then I can just resize this piece to fit my canvas. I just want to be sure I've have magnetic selected. If I don't have magnetic selected, I can accidentally distort the proportions of my texts. So you just want to be sure that's selected, and then I'm just going to play around with placing this perfectly as I want it to be. Then I use the selection tool here and make sure that's on free hand. Select the word "Shine" and click the "Move tool", and then just move that into place, and you can see you get a little snap grid when it is in the center. That's a really nice way to keep your lettering piece lined up perfectly. So now that I have my cursive texts taken care of, I'm going to create a new layer and I want to get some kind of guide to help me lay this text out. So I want this to be pretty even. I'm going to create a new layer and grab the grid, which you can get from the texture section of the procreate brushes. Once I have my grid and I'm on a brand new layer, I can just draw that grid over my text. Actually I'm going to click two fingers to step back and get a brighter color. I find it's easier to see if you do this in different colors rather than doing everything in black and white. Once you have that grid taken care of, you can think about how tall and wide you want your texts to be. So this is one of the most important things about hand lettering, is you have to set some rules for yourself. So for example, I may want this M to be three bars wide, three columns wide or I may want it to be two columns wide. So I have the width to think about. I also have the height to think about. I may want it to be a really tall M, or I may want it to be a really short M. There's also the dip here to think about. I may want to dip down two bars or I may want to dip down four bars. So that's just something to think about as you're designing your font. Once you set your rule for your first letter, you have to apply that to every single letter if you want them to be cohesive. So I'm on a new layer here, and I think I'm going to go with two spaces wide, and I'm going to let my M come down two blocks. So I'll follow that same process for my hole lettering piece. If you want to create a straight line here for these long straight pieces, just draw and hold and that'll automatically snap a straight line for you. I don't tend to do that with the shorter lines, but with the longer lines, I always do that. So you can see that because I let my M touchdown here, I'm also letting my A crossover here. So that's another thing to think about. All of your crosses can go in the same place. Another thing I'm thinking about here is which brush I'm using. I'm using the opaque dry gouache brush that you can get in the download section. Because I'm going to fill this color with gold and I want it to have kind of a gold brushed look. So I'm using this brush. You may want to use a different type of brush for this. You could use any brush that's in procreate, something more solid, like the mono-line brush from the calligraphy section. So just go with whatever works with your style here. Another thing I'm thinking about is how far apart these letters are. I'm letting my letters be one column apart and two columns wide. So one letter that can be really tricky is an S and another one is O. So I always like to use a guide for these. I just use a number eight because that tends to work well for a lot of curved letters. Also the P and R, you can use these. So this is from the download section for this class. What I'll do with that brush is create a new layer. Click that brush one time, and then use my rotate tool and move tool to get this into place, so you can decide which eight you want to use based on what shape you want your S to be. So I think this one fits my current font the best. I'm just going to make it fit within my rules of my lettering, which is two columns wide and six columns high. So I'm going to turn off magnetics because I'm okay with distorting this a little bit, and I'm just going to push it around until it gets into that perfect space that I want it to be in. Okay, that looks good. So I'll go to that layer and reduce the opacity so I can barely see it and then back on my lettering layer, I'll get my gouache brush again and just use this as a guide to draw my S. Then I'm just going to make that eight layer invisible because I may need it later on. So I'm just going to keep it there as a guide in case I want to pull it over to a different letter. Now I'm at the space in between my two words. So I'm going to leave two columns to make it clear that it's two separate words. Another thing I like to do is use letters twice to make my designing a little bit easier. So for example, this O is basically a U with a little extra on the top. So I could just copy this letter. Drag down three fingers. I'm using the free hand selection tool to select that, and then click "Copy" and "Paste." Then I can just move that over to the next spot. Grab my eraser tool with the same brush and just clean that up so I can turn it into a U. So now I'm going to remove all of my guides, my grid, my sketch, and just take a look at my text. So this is a great time to make changes to your text. You may want to change the width or the height, but I'm happy with how that turned out. I'm just going to move the word shine down a little bit. So I'm getting the free hand selection tool, clicking the move tool and a shifting that down a little bit. Now, I'm going to do the same process with the text at the bottom. So this is a good time to think about the layout. I'm going to click the free-hand selection tool, and I'm on this black layer. I'll drag down three fingers and click "Cut" and "Paste" because I want to cut this top line off one layer and move it to a different layer so that I have these on two separate layers. So I'm going to just play around with the placement a little bit and make sure I'm really happy with this before I finish up my text. So that looks good to me. Now I want to add this same brush texture to the black text here. So I'm going to go to a new layer and click my black text layer and make it semi-transparent by reducing the opacity. Now on this new layer, I'm just going to use my gouache brush to create a nice smooth lettered effect. So now all of my pink areas are like a selection mask, so I'm going to make everything invisible except for my pink. Because my pink is what I'll use to add my gold texture to this piece. 5. Applying Textures: Once you're really happy with the layout, you can merge all of your pink layers together. I'm going to pinch those altogether. Now, everything that's pink is on one layer. I want to bring in my gold texture. I'm going to click the gallery symbol, and go to that gold texture. If you saved this to your photos, instead of having it in your procreate gallery, you can just click insert a photo. But for me I saved this to my procreate gallery. I'm going to go in with the free-hand selection tool and grab some of this gold, drag down three fingers, and click copy. I'll go back to my gallery, and on my pink section, I want to make sure I'm going to a new layer, to paste this, drag down three fingers and paste. I'm going to take some time to place this gold so that it covers every single thing on my canvas. Rather than duplicating this, I'm going to keep clicking paste. The reason for that is every time you duplicate something and procreate, it gets a little bit more blurry. That may be something that they fix down the road, but for now, I try not to do a lot of duplicating. I'll drag down three fingers and click paste again. I'm going to work on covering every single piece of pink paint that I have on this canvas. One note here is that you don't want to make this gold much bigger than it already is. The reason for that is procreate pastes this image at the size that it is. If you make it bigger, it's going to become blurry. You can make it a tiny bit bigger, but you wouldn't want to stretch that one piece of gold across the whole canvas. Another thing I'm going to do is rotate some of these because I don't want them all to be having this shiny portion in the same section. I'm going to play around with moving the shiny parts to different areas of the word. If you see a little area where you're overlapping the gold over another letter, you can grab the monoline eraser and erase the gold in that area because you really don't want that harsh line right across your texture. I'm trying to make sure every word is really cleanly covered by a piece of gold. The only problem is that this word is a little bit long. I will have to find some spot in my word where it will be okay to have a little bit of the overlap showing. Now, that everything is covered with the texture I want to use, I'm going to merge my texture layers all onto one big layer. I have one texture layer and one pink layer. I'll go to my pink layer. Click it one time, click select, that's selecting everything that I painted in pink. I'll go to my gold layer, drag down three fingers, copy and paste. I'm copying it off of this gold layer and moving it on to a new layer. Now, I have this really nice gold textured word. If you don't like how the gold texture lays down on the first try, you can go back to that texture layer and make some adjustments. You can move things around. You could paste a new piece of gold in there and change how the shininess is laid across the words. Sometimes I'm not happy with the first try on the texture and I'll just give it another try. Now, that I have that really nice gold layer, I want to make it stand out a little bit more. I'm going to make my pink layer visible again. I'll click the pink layer one time and click select. Then I'll click the black as my color. Click the pink layer again and click fill. I'm filling that layer with black paint. That makes it stand out a little bit more. If you want to go even further, click Gaussian blur and zoom in a little bit. Click and drag to start getting a little bit of a black haze to show up behind your piece. That's one option, but you can also leave it as pure gold. It really depends on your personal style. I'm noticing that a little bit of the pink carried through onto this black layer. I want to remove that. I'm going to go to hue saturation brightness in the adjustments panel, and take the saturation all the way down. That gives me a pure black. That looks a little bit more clean with the gold. I'm going to create a new layer that's below my black and gold layers. I'm going to use a gouache brush to paint the background. This is included in the downloads for the class and this is the large Streaky Semi- Dry Gouache. I'm going to put this on its largest size and go through and add some color here. I may even go a little bit darker and add a darker layer of color. You may be happy with that original color, but if not, click hue saturation brightness and then you can pull this little hue bar around and play with different color options. You can also play with the saturation to make it brighter or more gray. You can also increase the brightness to get different shades of that same color. You can see we've got a lot of nice gold shimmer and then some darker gold pieces throughout this piece. It has a lot of variation. You can do this with this texture, or you can do this with any texture really. Here is a piece where I did the exact same process, but I used the glitter texture that's included in the class downloads. But you can also go online and get a ton of amazing textures. Here's a grass texture with that same word. Here's a confetti texture, a tile texture, a person holding a sparkler, a water texture. You can see, you can really apply any texture to your hand lettering and it really makes it stand out online and in print. Let's go ahead and call this first project finished. 6. Textures and Brushes: For this next piece, I want to show you how to incorporate some textures into your lettering. I want to show you how to use some textures that I gave you, but also how to make your own textures so that you feel like you can see any texture out in the world and immediately apply that to your lettering. I'm starting this piece in the same way I started the last piece. I have one layer, that's my sketch layer. I'm just suggesting that to get it into the center. Then I went into the Over App, and I typed that text with different fonts. I typed the first one and sized that, typed the second one and size that, and then you can see this one is the biggest, so I made it on a separate layer then this same layer. I made that in Over just like we did in the last piece and then saved it and brought it into procreate. Now I want to add a little bit of texture to this piece. I'm going to go to my font layer and reduce the transparency a little bit and create a new layer, and then I'm going to use that same gouache brush that I used for the last piece just to get a little bit of texture, and also to change this font a little bit. It's okay to use someone else's font, especially if it's free for commercial use, but it's so much more fun when you make it your own. You could follow exactly how this y is, or you could come with some totally different type of y and just use this as a format. Just take your time and really make it your own. If you find that your lettering is a little bit wobbly, one trick is to just do it quickly. If you try to do this slowly, like this, it's going to be wobbly, it's inevitable, but if you really just come in confidently and make an s, then even if it's not following that exact shape, it's still going to be much smoother than if you tried to do your lines slowly. I want to make this piece black and white, I'm going to remove my font layer by making it invisible, then I'm going to go to my background layer and double-click on black. Now I have a black background and I want to have white text so I'll click on my Text Layer, click Select, and then get white as my color and click fill. Sometimes I'll do that process two times, select and fill again, and that'll make it a little bit darker, so it really just depends, that's the one select infill and that's two select and fills. You can decide which works better for your style. Next I want to add a little bit of texture to this piece. I have a bunch of brushes included in the downloads that are meant for just making textures. The first one here is paint's bladders. That will create a nice paint splatter effect in the background and you can change the size here to get smaller or bigger splatters. The next one is scrapes. These are just little scrapes that I made from just finding some marks on a floor. You can see these add a lot of depth to the lettering. Let's remove that layer so you can see all of the textures here. The next texture is opaque scratches. These are going to make some really light scratch marks that can make something look vintage or antique. The next one is light scratches. These are barely visible. These just add little scuff marks to your piece. Then the last one is hash marks. That one's good for drawing one time and then reducing the opacity and you can just have a nice little webbed background. I'm going to take a minute and play around with these textures. I'm going to add some white texture to the background, and then I'll go to my lettering layer and add some black texture. That's just one way you could texturize your piece. You can dirty it up a little bit like I've done here, just to make it look antique or maybe like a vintage chalkboard. Let's say you have another texture that you want to incorporate into your work. You can use any of these texture brushes that I've already created as a template. I'm just going to swipe left on this hash marks texture brush, and click duplicate. Now we have two hash mark brushes so I'll click on that brush one time. Go to Source, and this is the source of your texture. Where does your texture come from? Where does procreate node to pull from when you're creating a texture? You can see my shape source here is just a black canvas with some white hash marks on it. I'll show you exactly how I created that document. I opened a square canvas, I clicked my background color and chose black as the color, and then on a new layer with white as my color, I used the nurrender pencil. Click and drag, and just make some hash marks. I'll make a few of these, and then I'll duplicate this layer to make some more hash marks in the other direction. Now I've made a few hash marks, I'm going to duplicate that layer, click the Move Tool, and rotate it. One thing I am keeping in mind here is I don't want to touch the edge of my canvas so whenever you make a brush, you want to make whatever your texture or shape is in the center of the canvas and don't touch the edges, otherwise you'll get a weird repeat line. I'll just duplicate that a few more times, shift it around, and now this could be my brush. I'll click the Tool symbol, click Share, JPEG, Save an Image, then I'll go back to that brush that I just duplicated called hash marks and on the shapes source I'm going to click, Insert a Photo and then choose that photo that I just saved and so there it is on my page. Now that is my new brush so anytime I want to get hash marks, I can just grab that brush, and there's my hash marks. You can do this with absolutely any texture that you want to use. You can even get a texture from a wall or a floor that you like and turn that into a brush. To do that, you'll start with a clean document, and on the new layer, click the Tool Symbol, click Image, insert a Photo, and then find the photo of whatever texture you have. Here I took a photo of this textured wall. I just took a picture with my iPad and this was saved to my camera roll. We just need to make this a pure black and white image and then remove the edges. I'm going to go to the adjustments panel, take the saturation all the way down so it's pure black and white, go to curves, and I'm going to adjust this little dot on the bottom until this is a pure black and white image. That looks good, I've got a pure black and white texture here. The only thing is I don't want these edges to be present, so I'm going to grab a nice soft brush. I'll grab the airbrushing soft brush that comes with procreate, and I have that as my eraser. I'm going to make my background color here white so I can see what I'm doing, so I have a white background layer, and then this texture layer. On this texture layer, I'm just going to come through and erase, and I'm going to try to keep it random. I don't want to erase in a square shape because I want this brush to be really random with the texture. I'm just going to come through and create a really nice random shape here. Now this is going to be the source for my brush so I'll click Share, JPEG, Save Image, go back to that brush that I duplicated before, and then on the source I'll click Insert a Photo, and so because I did this one in white and black, I need to click Invert Shape so that it becomes black and white. As long as you make your brushes in black and white, doesn't matter if it's a black background or a white background, you can always click Invert. Now you can see there's my new texture, so I'm going to rename this wall texture. If I create a new layer, let's get a pink here, I can just paint with that wall texture. That's a really easy way to turn any texture that you see out in the world into a procreate brush. 7. Adding Decoration: For this next piece, I want to use a really chunky font and I want to create somewhat of a 3-D effect on the font so I know i'm going to need a little bit more space in between my letters. The great thing about the Over app is that you can use the app to space out the letters evenly so you don't have to try to space them out and procreate one-by-one. If you click "Style" here, you'll see the option for space on the bottom and then we can do horizontal spacing or vertical spacing. I think i'm going to do a little bit of both. I clicked horizontal spacing here and then i'm just suggesting that little bar so I think that little bit is enough horizontally, give those a little bit more space. This is a really great tool that helps your texts even when you bring it into procreate. I'll click the check symbol and save this image and then bring it into procreate. I'm going to increase the size of this piece a little bit and I also want the text to be much taller. I'm just going to pull this and i'm distorting the text intentionally because I don't want to copy this font. I just want to use it as a template for my lettering. I'm thinking i'm going to go a little bit further, and that looks good. Now I can reduce the opacity of that layer and on a new layer, i'm going to use another squash brush. This is the opaque, smooth, squash brash and it has a nice variable effect. This is one that you can get from the downloads and i'm just going to use this bright color so I can really see well. I can see that this font has some really harsh edges and I don't really want my piece to be like that. As i'm using this brush, i'm going to purposefully change how this font looks and give it nice rounded edges. To save a little bit of time, you can copy letters. I've got the selection tool with free hand and I circled that e, drag down three fingers and click "Copy and Paste" and then I can just use that over here so I don't have to keep drawing that e. Drag down three fingers again and just click "Paste" and there's that same e. I can use that throughout my piece to save a little bit of time on tracing these letters. Then I'll just merge all of the letters onto the same layer. Now that I have this whole piece traced, you can really see the difference between a really sharp, harsh font and a hand-drawn piece. This one has much more of a hand lettered feel, whereas the font itself is just really sharp and not great for this particular project. The next thing I want to do is go ahead and add a color to my background. For this one, I want to work with a coffee theme so i'm going to get the same brush that I used for my last background, which is the large, streaky, dry gouache brush and i'm just going to use this brown color to put a really nice soft layer on this background. Next i'm going to add a color to the text and I think for this one I want to add a light cream color. I'm going to click select on that pink layer and go to that layer and click "Fill" and i'm going to do that again because I can see there's a little bit of pink leftover. I'll click "Select", click "Fill" again, and that removes all the pink. I want to make this text stand out a little bit more so i'm going to duplicate that cream layer and on the one that's on the bottom, i'm going to click "Select", choose white as my color and click "Fill". Again, i'm going to do that twice to make sure it's totally filled. Then I'll get my move tool and remove magnetic and just do a little bit of offsetting so it has just a tiny little bit of 3-D effect to it. Next, I want to add some floral elements that are weaving in and out of the text. I'm going to make one floral layer below the text and one floral layer above the text. For some of these, the ones that will be below, let's get the opaque smooth gouache brush. Some of these will land behind the lettering, whereas the ones on the layer that's above the lettering, those will do the opposite. Those will come on top of the lettering. You may even want to have something coming out from behind one letter and onto another letter. If you want to do that, you can merger two text layers together. Select the letter that you want to move behind this element, drag down three fingers, cut and paste. Now I've just got that N on its own layer. I can drag it on top of that flower leaf element here and then I've got it coming out from behind the n and onto the f. I'm just going to play around with those options here and add a lot of different leaf elements on top of this piece. You may find that you don't like the placement of some of these at some point and you want to change one. Just go to the layer where you see these layers and you can see with these three, they're all three pointing that way and I don't really like that, so what I want to do is grab that one I just created. I'm circling it with the free-hand selection tool, click the move tool, and then I can move it around and resize it until it's in a place that I like. Now I want to add a little bit of depth to these floral leaf elements. I'm going to click on that layer, actually swipe left and duplicate it, then click on "The Layer" and click "Select" and i'm going to get a white color here and click "Fill" and then I'll do that again. Now I have a white duplicate below my pink and I can just move that a little bit to add some depth to these layers. Because some of my leaf elements are on a different layer, I have to do that same process with this. Now I just want to add in some little flowers to fill in the rest of these gaps. I'm going to use a brown color to create some stems and I think i'm going to put this below all of my lettering. Flowers are peeking out from behind my letters and then I'll just add some little yellow flowers on top. Now i'm going to create a new layer on top of those and just add a little dot in the center of my flower just to bring a little bit more attention to those. I'm going to go ahead and call this piece finished. You could do a lot more with changing colors, adding more plant elements, adding some texture to the text. Whatever you want to do here, just use your personal style to put your own spin on this, or just use this and copy it as practice, either one is fine when you're getting started. Let's go ahead and move on to the next piece. 8. Templates and Symmetry: For this next piece, I want to show you how to use templates to change the shape of your text. For this piece, I want the text to end up in an oval shape. I did this in the same way that I started the last piece by typing this in the overlap. I'm going to create a new layer for my templates. I'm also going get a contrasting color, so I'll just use pink to make it really easy to see. These templates, you'll see in the download section. There are a lot of different templates depending on how you want your texts to be laid out. There's an oval, a tapered edge, a rounded top, a circle, slanted lettering, lettering that tapers in the middle. A plain rectangle, wavy and then tapered curve. You can play around with these depending on the piece you're doing, you may use one or more of these templates. For this one I'm going to use the rounded rectangle template. I'm just going make this a little bit smaller. Then use the rotate tool and the move tools to get this into place. I just want this to be even with the texts in the middle. I just want to shift this text up a little bit so it just curves along with that oval shape. I'll put my other template down by just duplicating that first template. Then move this one down here. The texts on the top will curve up and the texts on the bottom will curve down. I need to move that text to a different layer in order to make it curve. I'm going to click the Selection tool, select that whole word, drag down, cut and paste, cutting it off that layer and pasting it onto a new layer. I'll do the same thing with this texts on the top. Now I can go down to my word and get really close. I've selected this layer, click the Move tool and click Warp. Warp is going to allow me to slowly adjust this text so that it goes along with that nice curve. I'm just going to take a few minutes to just slowly nudge this in different places to play around with the curve. Now I'm going do the same thing with the word on the bottom. You can see this doesn't have to be really dramatic to have a nice effect. Just curving that text a little bit really changes the piece. Now I'm going to make my templates invisible, create a new layer and start adding my color. For this text I'm going to use a pink. Make that black text, semi-transparent so it's easier to see my pink. Then I'm just going to use the opaque smooth squash brush to paint these letters and add a little bit of weight to the letters because right now it's just a line that's the same width the whole way. I want to add a little bit of weight so it's more like hand calligraphy. Now I can make my black layer invisible. Now I'm going do the same thing with this text. Now that I've traced all of that text, I'm just going to adjust that to the center of the Canvas. Now I just want to add a nice colored background here, just the light blue. You can see when I add that the text really needs a little bit more to stand out. I'm going to duplicate the text layer. Select the texts layer that's on the bottom, click at one time and click fill, and then do that again, select infill. Then I can just add a little bit of weight to that lettering, makes it stand out just a little more. Now that we have that text standing out a little bit more, I want to add some decoration to the texts to help it look a little bit more interesting. What I'm going to do is just take that same brush that I've been using on a slightly smaller size. Just go through some of these curves and just add one simple line on the thickest parts. You can see how just adding those simple lines really adds a lot of visual interest to the text. I want do something similar to draw some attention to the inside of the page by doing a little bit of decoration on the outer part of the page. To do that, I'm going use the procreate cemetery tool, which is going to allow me to paint my decoration just in one corner and it'll be duplicated in all three corners. I'll create a new layer to do this. Click the tool symbol, click Canvas, and then turn on the drawing guide. The drawing guide has a few different tools that can help you with your drawing to make things even, or to do cemetery drawing or perspective drawing. What we want to use for this piece is cemetery drawing and so we want to decide how we want to repeat these pieces. Horizontally, if you draw on the top, it will repeat on the bottom. Vertical, you draw on the right, it will repeat on the left. Quadrant is what we're going to use because I want to draw on this corner and just have it repeated and these other three, so you can adjust the thickness of your guides. I like to go all the way thick so I can really see him. I like to go all the way to 100 percent opacity to and then you just want to be sure assisted drawing is on. That should be on by default, but just double-check to make sure it's on. Assisted drawing is going to assist you by making your drawing symmetrical. This will only work on this layer. If you go to a different layer, this isn't going to work. So make sure you're on that drawing that says that layer that says assisted. Then we can just start doing some drawing and you can see how it's repeated in the other corners as I draw. I'm going increase my brush size a little bit here. I just want to do some really light swirls. The key to these, to keeping these even is to go pretty fast. You don't want to try to slowly go into these because they're going to end up being a little bit wobbly. Whereas if you just really quickly go in and swirl, they're going to look a lot better. I'll just take a few minutes here to make a lot of swirls that all come off of this corner. I am going to let these swirls overlap my text a little bit. But I'm also going to move my swirl layer below my text. It's going to peek out behind the text. Now that I have some swirls, I want to add a little bit of contrast by just adding some of these little dots that come off of the swirls. That way I'm just adding some contrasts, so I don't just have lines. I also have some solid pieces. That just makes the outer edge a little bit more interesting. You can really decide here how much you want your border to overlap with the piece itself so you can step forward and step back to see if you've gone a little too far or if you're happy with it, I'm going to stick with that. I'm happy with how that looks. I'll swipe to the left and click Duplicate. I want to add a little bit of border to this world to make it stand out a little bit more. I'm just going to grab a yellow. On that border layer, I'll click fill and again select and fill. Now I have just little light yellow border that helps this standout. You could keep going with this piece. You could add a lot more decoration to the border. You could redo the border with a different style. There are a lot of options here once you get this general format setup. When you're ready to stop using cemetery mode, just turn off your drawing guide. You can always turn it back on, but I like to turn it off to be able to really see the piece. Then at this stage, you could also change some colors. You could change your background color. You could change the text color by using the hue saturation brightness option. This is a great time to just play around with all of your options and try out and a lot of layouts. I'll go ahead and call this one finished. But I also want to show you a similar piece where I combined the texture that we did in the earlier project and also some of this layering and the flourishes. You can see how this texture creates a nice little background. On this one, rather than using lines to decorate my text, I just made this little floral element and then repeated it on every single letter. I just duplicated that first one over and over and repeated it here. That's just a couple of different ways to decorate your text. I hope you enjoyed this class and that you feel inspired to start creating some illustrated hand lettering on your iPad. If you liked this class, you may like some of my other classes where I cover a lot more ways to design and paint on your iPad, like how to create watercolor hand lettering using the free downloadable brushes I created. Check those out on my profile if you want see more. Also I share a lot of free downloads on my website. If you want get more downloads like the ones you got for this class, check out my site. I would absolutely love to see the final project that you create for this class and I know we could all be inspired by seeing each other's work. So please share what you make. You can do that here on Skillshare in the project section, or you could tag me on Instagram or Facebook. If you have any questions about the process you learned in this class, please let me know. You can reply to my discussion here on skill share, or you can contact me through my website. Thanks so much for watching and I'll see you again next time. Bye bye.