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Intro to Digital Calligraphy in Procreate

teacher avatar Lyndsay Hubley, Artist, Illustrator, Calligrapher

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro to Digital Calligraphy in Procreate


    • 2.

      Procreate Overview


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Layer Adjustments


    • 5.

      Brushes + Properties


    • 6.



    • 7.

      Basic Strokes


    • 8.

      Ascenders + Descenders


    • 9.

      Connecting + Bouncing


    • 10.



    • 11.

      Bonus - Recoloring Your Work


    • 12.

      Class Project


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About This Class

Modern calligraphy is a fun and playful version of traditional cursive writing and you see it pretty much everywhere nowadays. When I learned it was with a traditional brush pen, but when I came across the Procreate App for the ipad, it was a game changer for me and I feel that learning to create your calligraphy digitally could be really helfpul for you too!

In this class, I’m going to share my personal process for making nicely composed modern calligraphy on the ipad. You’ll gain the skills to create digital files which can be used for social media, art prints, design and more. 

You will need an iPad compatible with an apple pencil and the Procreate app installed. I've also included some resource files for you to download and practice with:

-Basic Strokes

-Upper & Lower Case Alphabet

-Ruled Guidesheet

-My favorite digital brush to add to your library.

I created this class with the beginner in mind and will be going over the basics. If you already know how to write in cursive and you’ve been wanting to try your hand at modern, digital calligraphy – it just takes some practic. Let’s get started!

I’d love you to support you and cheer you on – tag your work on insta with the hashtag #learnwithlyndsay and stay connected at @lovestrucklettering or

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Lyndsay Hubley

Artist, Illustrator, Calligrapher


I'm an artist + illustrator and I run a calligraphy & stationery shop, Love Struck Lettering. 

I live on the East Coast in Nova Scotia, Canada. I create in all kinds of mediums, both traditional and digital. I have a love of letters, surface pattern design and painting and hope to share some of what I've learned along the way. 


I'd love to connect with you - sign up for my newsletter here or we can hang over on IG @lovestrucklettering or


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1. Intro to Digital Calligraphy in Procreate: My name is Lindsey and an artist and illustrator based in Nova Scotia, Canada. I also run a calligraphy business called love struck lettering. When I was starting out creating it took me a lot of trial and error to try and get my work to look the way I wanted it to look. But when I came across the procreate app for the iPad, It was like a whole other world of opportunity opened up for me. Creating my R and calligraphy was a lot less effort and it was really, really fun. Creating digitally has allowed me to launch hundreds of products which I'm selling my Etsy shop, including Walters, stationery products, digital products. And I've had the privilege of working on wedding day details for hundreds and hundreds of weddings. Happy to say that it has afforded me a full-time income doing something that I absolutely love. I realized pretty quickly there were a whole lot of other people interested in learning modern calligraphy. Whether it is for fun or you want to create personal gifts for your family and friends, or maybe 12 incorporated into your own business. I feel that learning how to work digitally and create your calligraphy. This way it could be really helpful for you to. He will leave an iPad and Apple Pencil, and hopefully you have the procreate app already downloaded and installed and ready to go so you can follow along. We're going to learn how to create layers, working with adjusting your layers, how to import and export your work. I'm also going to go over some of my favorite digital brushes. And I've also included a free rush for you to add to your library. You will also find practice templates under the resources section for the basic strokes in the upper and lower case alphabet. Into composing your modern or felt style calligraphy. And I'm going to give you some of my own process. And hopefully that will set you up for success as you go down the path to develop your own calligraphy style. I personally feel that my own calligraphy style is constantly evolving and yours is going to two. If you are looking at other people doing amazing work and they're making it look really effortless. I just want you to remember that they started exactly where your skills are cultivated. It takes time and practice and with practice will come progress and eventually it's going to feel a lot more natural. And it's going to be really fun. So let's start at the very beginning. 2. Procreate Overview: Okay guys, so before we get started, it will be helpful for you to have already downloaded the procreate app and all the documents and digital brush that I've provided under the Resources tab of this class. So hopefully of your iPad open, procreates ready to grow. Go get your Apple pencil. When you open a procreate, this first screen here, this is called your gallery. So your gallery might look a little bit different than mine. Mine is filled up with my artwork and before long yours will be two. So this is where all your projects are going to be saved for you. Procreate auto sees as you go, which is totally lovely. All your work will show up here for you to access just as you left it. You don't have to be concerned about hitting the save button as you work. The first thing you'll see up here in the right-hand corners, this little plus sign. When you tap that, it says new Canvas. The first option says screens eyes. And it gives you some other options here. You can also hit this button here to create custom size canvas. Over here, you have some options. And we're just going to concern ourselves right now with dimensions and color profile I think for now is, is good for this class. So your dimensions here, you have millimeter centimeter inches and pixels. I typically tend to work in inches or pixels if I am creating, Say, something for an Instagram story, anodes web-based, I'm going to work in pixels. However, if I'm going to be working for a piece of that is going to be a print. Am I choose inches? So for today, let's choose inches and just put in here the c up here, eight for the width, ten for the height. And then you'll notice that the DPI is reading at 300, maximum layers are reading at 70. So this is kind of important because we're going to learn about boat layers just a little bit later when I am working and I know it's something that I'm going to be sending to print. I want to work at 300 DPI. If you're very, very new to this and you're just getting familiar with print settings. Dpi is your dots per inch. So that's how many dots per inch a printer is going to be printing. And this will depend ultimately, again on what the end purposes for your artwork. I'll usually choose to work at least in 300 dpi and that's the standard and you'll know that your art will be fine if you want to print it. So you'll notice here, the maximum layers is reading 70 right now. If you increase your dimensions or your dpi, your maximum layers are going to decrease. So let's just pop in 16 by 20 here for your canvas size. And there you'll notice the maximum layers have gone down to 14. So this is okay. This is just due to the size restrictions on what procreate is built to handle. You just need to be mindful that the larger your canvases, the less layers you're going to have to work with. So let's just stick with the eight by ten size for now. That will give you lots of layers. And again, we'll learn about that coming up. So the next thing here is color profile. And again, if you're planning to use your art for printing, I would maybe change this over to CMYK. I typically work in RGB. You can always change this back just depending. So hit Create. And you're gonna get a canvas pop-up. Again. If you're new to this, you'll see you can pinch your canvas in and out like this. You can move back and forth, which is very helpful, especially when you're planning to do digital calligraphy because we tend to write our calligraphy at a bit of an angle. So I like to move my canvas around as I'm working. I'm first, before we move on, going to give you an overview of what all these buttons up here mean on your screen. For the purpose of this class. This is just what you're going to need for it today. Do you click on this little wrench button here and you get says Actions. So obviously you've hit Add. It gives you options to insert a file or a photo under the canvas button here there is you're drawing guides and other drawing assists that you can enable shares when you want to export your work and different options for file types. And over here, this blue brush. If you tap on this, it brings up your brush library. And procreate already comes with a great number of really wonderful brushes that are all ready to use. So it's really convenient. This here is the smudge tool which we don't have to worry about today. The next one is your eraser. You might want to use your eraser today. If you click on your race or you'll see you can just use it like this to erase. But you may just want to use your little back arrow button over here in the corner. Or you can also use some finger gestures to finger tap will undo your stroke, or three finger tap will bring it back. I tend to do a little bit of both. So it's just whatever you're comfortable with. I should also mention when you click out of your canvas to go back to your gallery, procreate doesn't save your gesture history, so your gestures won't work if you close out of the canvas and then go back in. So just be mindful of that as well. 3. Layers: And then here, these two little squares represent your layers. Now layers might be a new concept to you if you're not already working in programs like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, procreate works with layers, which is really helpful and you'll want to start getting familiar with working with your layers right away. Now the easiest way to think of these as I was told, is to imagine them as tracing paper that you're sitting on top of each other. So you'll notice there's already a background layer. It says background color. And then layer one is just sitting there Waiting for you, ready to go. So if I was going to make a little doodle here on layer one, you'll see this little check box here on the right. This indicates that your layers turned on. So you can click that off and your artwork disappears, click it on. And also you see there's a little preview. Procreate gives you a little preview of what's on that layer that's helpful as well. So you can visually just look and see. So then if I tap this Add button here brings up layer to now I'm just going to choose a different color. So you can see I'm on layer two, and I can make another doodle here on top of it. And it's not actually affecting what's on the layer underneath. So I can turn that off layer two and layer one is still there. The other beautiful thing about working with layers is that you can move them around so I can just hold on layer two and it will pick it up and I can drag it underneath Layer one. And now that is on the bottom. So that's pretty cool and no layer one is floating on top. So that's just a little bit about basic layers. 4. Layer Adjustments: And now I wanted to look at layer adjustments because that will be helpful when you're going to import the guide sheets and practice sheets that I provided in the resources section to help you on your way. So if you click on this little n, I'm just gonna get rid of layer one there. If you click on this little n here. The first thing you're going to see is this slider. It says opacity. And you can pull the slider up and down. And you'll notice, as I'm doing it, this work is getting brighter and dimmer as I'm doing this. So this is going to be very helpful later on when we're using the guide sheets that you're going to import. So there's also some other adjustments here. And we're not going to concern ourselves with that for today. Just the opacity is going to be helpful for this lesson. So I'm just going to delete these layers here, so we'll have a nice fresh start for our next lesson. I showed you just showed you there. To delete a layer. You just drag this over to the left and you'll get locked. Duplicate, delete and you just tap on, delete. There. 5. Brushes + Properties: So now we have to import my all-time favorite brush. I call this my smooth cursive brush. And I sell this in my Etsy shop along with some of my other favorites, but I've included this one for you in the resource section for free. So to import that into procreate, you're going to just tap on your brush library, hit the Add button here, and then put press on import. Your gonna navigate to wherever it was that you save the brush. And when you click on it, it will pop up. It'll say importing and then it will show up at the top of your brush library, such as tap on the blue brush again, to close your library up, you click on the colors will, it will automatically bring up the disk palette here. That's how I typically choose my colors. But there's some other options down here as well that you can play around with unfeeling the blue energy today, but you can choose whatever color makes you happy. It's kind of a little joke. My daughter and I have she asks me every day what my favorite color is because it changes every day depending on my mood. So then over here on the left-hand side, you see some sliders. And the top slider, this is your brush size. So as you slide this up and down, you can see that it's changing the size. So here's a line. If I put it up, it's going to be much bigger. If I drag it down, is going to be much smaller. And then on the bottom slider, this is your opacity. So typically you want this at a 100%. If you pull this down, it's going to give you a lighter line. And then if it's all the way down, you're not gonna see it at all. So that's actually a good tip. I have her procreate because I've run into this a couple of times where I've been trying to write and my Apple pencil is just not working. So if you're Apple pencils not working, there's typically one of two problems. Either your battery has died out and needs to be recharged, or you've inadvertently dragged this slider down, which happens sometimes. So if you're trying to write and it's not showing up, it might be that your capacities dance to just make sure that's at a 100. So I'm just going to clear this. And the other tip I wanted to give you is that if you're ever trying to, if you pick out a brush and you're trying to write with it and you find that it's giving you wobbly or shaky lines. It may be something called the streamline in the properties. So let's just click here. Click on the Brush, brings up your stroke properties here. And the second one here says streamline. So this brush that I've supplied you is set at 71%, which gives me a nice smooth line when I'm writing. If you take that and you drag it all the way down to like seven or 8%. Come back in here and try to write a word. You might see, you can see that it's, the lines are wobbly, shaky. So if I go back in and I bring that streamline backup, 7172% percent. Let's try to write that again. And there you see the lines are much so there. So that gives you a better result. So that's just a tip in case you ever find that your lines are, are shaping and forming a smooth as you want them to. Also, in the brush library, some of my favorite brushes that procreate already comes with R under the calligraphy sash. And I like this small monoline brush here. This is one that I reached for quite often. And the other one that I like is this shale brush here. This gives you kind of a chalky type of look. So that's cool. 2i you can spend some time in the brush library poking around and trying some brushes, different brushes. That's kinda fun. So I'm gonna clear this and get ready for our next module. We're going to see how to import files into procreate and use the guide sheath. 6. Importing: We've learned about layers and about adjusting or layers, and we've learned about brushes. The next thing we're gonna do is import our guide sheet and practice sheets. In the resources section of this class, I've included a guide sheet and to practice sheets for you. So you're going to go into your menu over here and do your actions, go into AD and insert a file. And then you are going to navigate to wherever it was that you saved your guard sheet. And for this lesson, and we're going to navigate to the ruled calligraphy guide. And it pops up here on your canvas. So if you hit your layers there, you'll see a little miniature preview that guy's sheets. And this is what procreate does again, to give you a little snapshot of what's on each layer so you can quickly see. So we learned about adjustments and this is where that comes in. So we're going to tap on this end here. And we're going to supply the opacity slider down. And as you'll see as you slide it down, the guide sheets are moving from a dark color to lighter, lighter gray. See that? And I usually like to set my and about 30 to 40% and then I add a new layer on top of it. So remember, it's just like tracing paper. So you can close up your layers. Just click again on the layers button. So this is how you import your guide sheets and practice sheets and adjust your layers to decrease the opacity. So let's just start by talking about the lines that you see here in this guide sheet. So you have your cap height here. This is where all your capitals would reach up to. You have your x-height, which is between here and here. This is where all of your lowercase letters would be. Your baseline. Read heroes swirl your letters, sis. You're ascender, which is at the very top. This is where letters that have ascending loop, such as bees are ages would reach up to there. And then your descender line, which is where letters such as Gs are Fs or peace with dropped down to. And you go way back to your elementary days. You would write your lowercase letters all here like this on the baseline. And between the x-height, B, C, D, E, F. And then your uppercase letters would reach up to the cap height like this. You'd have a, B, C, D, and so on. And in cursive, it would look similar. Something like this. Capital a will be here, lowercase a here, capital B here, lowercase b, capital C, lower case C, and so on. So those are the general rules for legibility that we all learned as kids. But we're not kids anymore, so we can break those rules. And that's what's going to give you that modern calligraphy look. Now, even though our goal here is more modern style of calligraphy, having a consistent slant as traditional calligraphy does, will ultimately give you a beautiful end result. It doesn't always have to have this traditional slant and some of my lettering art doesn't, but this is a personal preference of mine and I feel like learning to write with a consistent slant is important when you're starting out. So to make it easier, I recommend using a set of guidelines while you're practicing. And this guide sheet that I've supplied has these slanted lines. As you can see, slant lines are the diagonal guidelines. They're usually angled about 52 to 55 degrees. And they're there to help ensure that all of your significant vertical strokes and your calligraphy or parallel to one another. So if I was making my l's, they're all at the same angle instead of having like one here and then another one like this. You can see that these are running parallel. I know that might sound like a lot of information here, but we need to know their roles before we get to break them, right? So now you have an explanation of what all these crazy lines on the guide sheet are. And we can get into the seven basic strokes in the next module. Remember if you already have a calligraphy foundation, you can easily jump over that module. But it also may be helpful to practice your basics on the iPad to get a feel for working digitally. 7. Basic Strokes: Now before we get into it, you may hear me use the terms lettering or calligraphy interchangeably as in talking. You may hear me say ipad littering or digital calligraphy. So iPad lettering is a term that's come to be generally accepted in the lettering community or digital or sorry, calligraphy community. And it, it's accepted to encompass all calligraphy or lettering art or just beautiful writing in general that's done digitally on your iPad. So make sure that you are working on a new layer. You have your guys she layer and then you have a new layer. I want you to take your time with this part. So here is a tip. You need to relax. If you're angry or frustrated or even hungry, you're going to struggle with your creative flow. If you feel like I'm doing something and you need more time, simply hit the pause button or the rewind button and go back to watch it again. There are definitely some rules you're going to want to keep in mind, but rules are meant to be broken, right? And especially when it comes to modern calligraphy, you're going to develop your own style. But first, you should have an understanding of the basic strokes and forums. So let's just get a feel for the brush first. The basic rule is that you're going to have thin up strokes and sick downstrokes. So when you're going up, just lightly and then down, add some more pressure. Thin, thick and thick and thick. So just practice that and get a feel for the pressure. Again, if you need to adjust your brush size, you can do that over here and typically like to work in about 20-25 percent. If you press a bit herder on the downstroke, you'll see as you press Herder gets bigger and bigger. So that's like how sensitive it is to the pressure. So knowing the general rules of thick and thin up strokes and downstrokes. Now we're going to move on to making your basic shapes consistent. This is a big part of what makes your calligraphy beautiful and it's only going to get better with practice. So you're going to want to practice these shapes before jumping straight into the letters. And I promise this is going to serve you. In the resources section. I've included some practice sheets. So if you go into your actions, go into insert a file and navigate to where you saved your basic strokes practice sheet. Bring that into procreate. And again, tap on your n over here and just decrease the capacity. We'll bring that down and add a new layer. Remember, it's like tracing paper. We're adding some tracing paper on top of our practice sheet. And these are all of your basic strokes here. So I've included this practice teak sheet so you can use it as a guide. So the first here at the top, these are your downward stroke. Downstroke is just tick down, down, down, and you are just building muscle memory here. Next is your undertones throw down, then up, down, then up. And then just the opposite of that is your overturned stroke goes then up, down, then up, down. The next is called a compound curve, which is kind of a combination of the two. So you go thin up, down, then up, then thick, thin, thin, thick, then, then tech, then. I know this might seem fun right away, but this is going to give you some really great muscle memory. I promise it's going to serve you. The next is your ascending loop. So this will be in letters like bees or EFS. It's kind of a thin loop at the top with a thick downstroke. Next is your descending loop. So thick, down, then up, down and up. And the last is an oval stroke, which are just little ovals that have a thick line on the downstroke and then coming up thick, thin, thick then. And obviously, this is used in letters like AES, Ds, Gs. So there you go. You have all your basic strokes. Your downstroke, your undertone stroke, overturns, stroke, compound curve, ascending MOOC, descending loop, and your oval strokes. And yes, you can practice them and perhaps than the practice them and that will get you some really great muscle memory to work with. But I know you really just wanna get to the fun part of writing. So let's turn this layer off and we'll start a fresh layer. And the next module we're gonna talk about ascenders and descenders. 8. Ascenders + Descenders : Okay guys, so we're going to look at our ascenders and descenders. And I'm just going to do this by going through the alphabet. You'll notice that I have my ruled guide sheet up on the board. And I just wanted to note that I'm not necessarily using this for things such as the x-height or the baseline, the cap height. I am mostly using this for the slant, which is typically what I use my vide sheets for. So the first letter is a, b. So you remember in your basic strokes you had an ascending loop. So it's then up, down, up, down. And then you put your, so this is one way to make a B. So this is of course your ascender. And you could also do this by adding in your exit stroke here. And there are different ways to make your bees. But if you want it to say you had to be at the beginning of a word, you could extend your entrance stroke here like this and come around. That's a different way to make it. Or you could curve this entrance stroke the other direction, have it going up. So next letter is a, D. So that's your basic strokes again, your oval stroke, and then your overturned stroke. Oval overturn. And then of course you would want an exit stroke on this to connect it to your next letter. Or if again, you wanted to make it a little fancier, you could have your oval stroke and then have the entrance stroke of flourish on the top. And this takes a little bit of practice with time just to I'm kinda am for hitting the right spot here. So that's one way, a couple of different ways of making your D. The next isn't H, which again is your overturn. Or sorry, you're ascending loop. Then thin up, down, ascending loop, then up, thick down. And again, you could increase. Extend the entrance stroke here to cross over like this. And then up, down, down, up, down. Or just as I did in the d, if he wanted to fill in a space in a word, you could make this more of a flourish and have it, have a long tail. Or if it was at the beginning of a word. The next is a k. I really like making the case. I think it's because I feel like there's a few different ways to make them. But again, it's your basic ascending loop. And then you come thin, make your little loop here and sit down. So ascending loop, going up, down or same as above. He could extend the tail of the entrance, true over, criss cross it over. And or you could just have it be one simple downward stroke. And then, you know, your little line. I like to make mine with loops. Here's your k. The next isn't l. And most of us feel I think that elves are pretty, pretty simple letter. But I wanted to note that if you come across a word where you have to together, I like to sort of vary the size of them so that instead of writing the two of them together, similarly like this, I would maybe, perhaps make the first one small, second one bigger or vice versa. You could do the first one bigger and the next one small. And you'll see I have these all relatively on the baseline. But you could also vary the exit strokes. You can bring this way down and then sit this will backup. So you see they're kind of bouncing around. And the next would be a t. So the t, just as in the owl, is the same. Where so I haven't entrance stroke thin, up, thick down, then up, down. And if two showed up together in a word same as the owl, I could write them together like so. Or I could vary them and have a small and big you could cross the different heights or you could maybe do them together. So a couple of different ways. And now we'll just get a new layer here and we will talk about descenders. So of course those are letters with the descending loop that would hang down. They'd have their tails hanging down such as the first b g. So your goal stroke, and then you're descending loop, oval stroke, descending loop. And again, if you were writing a word where there were two together, you could maybe do a small one and then a larger one. And you might wanna make the tail on this long, kinda like this. Or you could. Also, if it was in the middle of a word, you can use the tail on the Gs to add some flourishing and fill up space, which is nice. So for instance, if I was writing the word, Great, I could write the g here. And I could, I could hold off making that descending flourish until I have the rest of the word written now. So if I was going to write out G, R, E, a, T, I could, if I had a big cross on the tea, I could balance the word o by adding the same on the bottom, like soap. And x to be a j such that j is again, back to your basics descending loop. So it's down, then up, down, then up. And same as the g. You can vary the shape of your tail. You can bring it down, bring it over and over. And just depending on where it lands in your in your word. And of course he could. He should have your exit stroke here to connect it to your next letter. Now P. So we could do our downward strokes those down, then up, and then bring it out to the down, ten, up. Or you could make that a descending loop here, like you did with the J within branch out to create your P here. You can vary the shape of this instead of having it be like a curly could have been more of a wave this way. And you can also, of course, if you're starting a word, you could add your entrance stroke like this. There's p. Your next would be q. This up here. Start with your basic oval stroke. And then this is your, this is your descending loop. It's just backwards. Exit. Will stroke descending loop exit. Or if you were writing the word queue is typically followed by you. You could, if you're going to write the word say quick, you could do your queue and have this come out. That's not very pretty. Let's try that again. Put your u, i, c, k. So in traditional cursive, typically you would always connect all of your letters. But what I like about modern calligraphy is that I can sort of break it up. And if I want to write my word, it's like this. I can. I can put my flourishes in and then just pick up somewhere else. And it's okay to have this space in here between your letters because there's not really any rules and it's just personal preference of what you like. Next is going to be y. So that's your undertone stroke. And then your, your story, you're descending loop. Overturn, decently loop. So you can see where all your basic strokes are coming in here. You can pretty much make all of the letters of the alphabet with all of your basic strokes. Or you can add your entrance stroke and then your turn and then your, and then cross it over to exit. And same is in above with quick if you wanted to use the flourish on why. Say you had a word starting with y, like year. You could write the y and have your tail come out here. And then just pick up, complete the word over here. And then the last one would be the. And so that's sort of like your overturned stroke but on a little bit of an angle there and then down, then up to him. Up. And the same with this tail as well. If you want to draw it, say the word zoo, you could get kind of fancy and it couldn't flourish with the tail bit. And then I can add to your, your letters afterwards. So you can see that you can use your ascenders and descenders to add some flourishing and to make things a little bit more fancy. Like for instance, let's just try a couple more words here before we wrap this lesson up. If we had the word blessing, for instance, if you were going to write it BL, E, S, S, I, and G. So that's acceptable. Everything is neatly on the base line. And we have pretty tame ascenders and descenders. But we could vary the look of this just by. We could add an entrance stroke here on the b. And then we have the owl comes down a little bit further from the base line, put our E in there and then maybe big S, small S, maybe have the end of the second overturn, be really big. And then with the G, we could have the tail coming in here to kind of fill up some space. And you can see that just by adding in these few little flourishes here with the tails, that it really changes the look of the words from between this one and this one. So that's a little bit about ascenders and descenders. And I will see you in the next lesson about bouncing and connecting your letters. 9. Connecting + Bouncing: So I'm providing a download which is a practice sheet of myself bet, that's how I commonly make my modern calligraphy letters. And if you can use that to practice, that's great. But again, you're eventually going to discover you have your own style. So right now I'm just going to use the calligraphy guidelines here again. So I'm providing you guys went with a download of my practice sheet, which is my alphabet and that's how I commonly make my modern calligraphy letters. And you can use that to practice for sure. But again, you're eventually going to discover that you have your own style. So I am going to write a capital a here. Generally. I'm going to take up this whole space. And every letter has an exit stroke. So this is my exit stroke. The exits term, C, exit stroke. So this is how all of your letters connect to each other with your exit strokes. So in traditional calligraphy or, or cursive writing in general, let's say you're going to write the word apple. You're going to keep it all here in the x-height. You're not going to pick up your pen. That's what everyone was taught in school. Or remember, don't pick up your pen. And that's what the word apple would look like. In balance. Calligraphy, bouncing letters is simply where you're just taking the rules of having everything here on this baseline. And you're kind of breaking those rules and you're making it so that your letters are kind of jumping around a little bit and looking a little bit more playful. So let's try this again, but try bouncing them. So if I start with my, oh, and the other thing I should mention too is that in modern calligraphy, you're not keeping your pen on, on the paper the entire time, or the iPad the entire time. You are going to pick up your pen between your letters. So if you write your a and then you want to bounce that p instead of keeping it here on the baseline, maybe you want to put it down a little bit lower and then bring your exit stroke way up so that you can then put the next P up here on the baseline. And the L, instead of coming here, you might want to bring it down further and have this exit stroke be really long so that you can then put the E back on the baseline. So you can see these are all here on the baseline, whereas we're, These are sitting is all at different heights. So it's kind of bouncing around. So let's try another word. Let's say we write the word difference. This would be all on the baseline. Traditional, traditional cursive, right? It's all sitting right here. But if we try it dance calligraphy, we might choose to put the d on the baseline, but the, I might want to drop down a little bit and have a longer exit stroke so that you could then get the f here up higher. And whenever I have two letters in a row like peas or FCE or else I like to vary the look of them so it gives you some variance in your writing. So I would make this next F kind of small. Then you could set the E up here on the baseline but bring them or really a pi and then drop that x at stroke down. Sit next to you here. This is your overturned stroke to go into the n. And then you bring the second bump of the N up higher and then bring it down. And then your C could be back on the baseline. And your E, You could also bring it way down. So you can see that these are kind of all at different heights. Third, not all at the same spot. And that that's what makes it bounce, bounce lettering. So let's turn your guide sheet on and make sure that you're working in a new layer. Tracing paper. Remember, there are two things that are gonna make your lettering and your calligraphy look really great over time with practice is consistent spacing and consistent slant. So when I say slant, we talked about earlier these diagonal lines here in your guys sheet. This is so that letters are all falling at that same kinda degree. So say we wrote the word hello. And you see all of my letters are following this same slant. As opposed to if I had my h leaning over here, and if I had one L here and another L over here, it just gives it a nicer look. But again, that's personal preference and it is my preference. I do like to have them all kind of running together. So that's slant and the other thing is spacing. No, what I mean by that is, let's write the word imagine here. If I grab another color, pink, let's imagine that there are containers. I read this somewhere. Imagine there are containers between all your letters. Obviously they're not going to all be the same shape container. But if for the most part your containers are the same size or contain the same volume, you're going to get a more consistent look in your writing. And you can achieve that by kind of gauging. Your exit strokes after each of your letters is roughly the same. So if I wrote the word running again and I kind of varied the length of my exit strokes. If I gave this our long stroke, this u along x its stroke, than if I had the ends together and then gave this n along mixed stroke. You can see he's kind of space in the Word out a lot more. Which is okay too is another style and look in itself. But for the purpose of, of learning, you should be aiming for consistency. So let's just turn that off. Let's try it some more balanced lettering. I've got my guys sheet on. We're gonna get a new fresh layer. When composing or words that you can keep in mind the height of the baseline and whether or not your letters are going to go above or below your baseline here. This is the x height. This is the baseline. Another thing that I keep in mind that is going to give me some variance in how playful and fun you're lettering books is that you can make some letters really, really small and make some letters exaggerated. So if I wanted to write the word small, I could write this first overturn in the EM. I could make this really big and then makes the next one really small. I could make a really small. It doesn't have to fill up. It could fill up the whole baseline or it doesn't have to. It could just be really tiny. You can have a small l and a bigger l. So just by using some variance in the size, see if you kept it all the same size. That gives you one look. If you the and those are pretty much relatively on the baseline. If you bounce them. I'm put an M a, that's another look. And then again, as I did here, I exaggerated the size of some of the letters. So let's try again with just the words, letters. If I were writing it in regular cursive here on the baseline letters or if I were going to bounce ish C, I'm just not bringing them all down to the baseline. They're all sitting at different places. Or if you wanted to exaggerate some of the sizes, you can have, the l could have a really tiny II. You could have a little t, big T. You have a big E, little r, big S. So that all that all attributes to developing your own style and a different feel of modern calligraphy. 10. Exporting: Okay, so now that you have your lettering done, if you want to export your work from procreate, so that you can share it with other people or share it on Instagram or send it to print somewhere. You're gonna go up here in the left-hand corner under Actions and go over to share. And you have different options here for file types. So just depending on what you're using it for, you can pick your file type. I'm going to save this as a PDF. This is just going to be something I'm going to send a print. You can pick your quality best because I know I'm going to print it and then navigate to where you want to save it. So I'm saving mind to my Dropbox and I'm going to save it as of all the things. And just hit Save and it will upload it to the location and then you can access it wherever you need to. Checkout module 11 for some bonus tidbits that I've included on re-coloring your lettering work. This might be handy if you would like to join us in completing a class project. I very much enjoy seeing your iPad lettering. 11. Bonus - Recoloring Your Work: So for this little bonus here, I first wanted to talk about re-coloring your lettering. So we just touched on earlier a little bit about colors and you click on color. Down here at the bottom, you have different ways of choosing your color palette. Your disk, which is this ring here, which you use by sliding around your classic interface. I find this a little bit trickier to use and I don't often reach for it. Harmony. This is very, this is a very cool tool that procreate has, if you would like to find complimentary colors as you slide, one around, it adjusts the other to show you different color combinations. So that's kind of a cool tool to use. Value. This is where you see all of these hex codes hexadecimal. And this is for, you know, if you're a designer or if you need to match something specific to a specific color. And this is where you put in your values. And then palettes. This is where you can save palettes that you're working with. So I have different palettes that I've used for different projects. And this is helpful to go back to where you have your favorites saved. So I'm just going to show you a couple of things that might be helpful if you go back to your desk. If you take your Apple pencil and you just tap it up here in the corner of the desk. You're gonna get pure white. Or down here at the bottom, it's going to give you pure black. And you want to color something quickly. I can color this layer here by taking my color and just holding on it and dragging it out and dropping it. And that will drop the color in. Like so. So here's something really cool. If you wanted to create your own palette, you can, oh, you can click on this little ad and you can say Create New from photos. And that will bring up your photos. And you can select a picture. I'm going to select these wild flowers here. And we take that photo on a hike we did the other day. And it will automatically generate a palette for you from the image. And that's really cool. Another thing that you could do is go to insert a photo, pigment, a photo that you like to choose these firms here. And this little button here on the left hand side, if you click on this, it brings up this target. And you can run that over and you'll see as you're, as you're moving it, it selects the color that you're on top of. So once you hit a color that you like, you can go to add new palette, creating palette. And then while that is on there, just tap. And then do it again. Pick another color and tap. It cannot have home tab. So you can see I'm just pulling the colors out of this photo. So that's a really fun way. If you have an image that you like, you found something on Pinterest or in like a home decor magazine or something that you really find inspiring. Then you can create a new palette that wife. And I am going to show you how to recolor existing lettering. So I did this lettering in black and let's say that I want it to change it to pink, slipped my pink. And then to go onto this layer and just going to take my two fingers and I'm going to just slide it over to the right. And you can see the background has changed to this kind of checkerboard look. That means that it's locking all the pixels. So all the pixels that are on that layer are now locked in place. And anywhere the pixels are not, you're not going to affect it. So then I can take, I can take my pink and if I go over, just make my brush bigger here. You can see as I'm going over it and just coloring the letters. So that is a really fun and easy way. You can change it and do individual letters if you want it. So that's just a really easy way to recolor your lettering and to try out different things. So that's all for class today. I hope you enjoy giving digital calligraphy at goal and that you are on your way to a good foundation to go and explore and play. And I hope you'll also check out module 12 and fine details on the class projects so we can all share with each other. Don't forget to follow me here to be notified of my newest classes and tag me on Instagram with hashtag, Learn with Lindsey So I can totally cheer you on while you get better and better as you go. 12. Class Project: Hey guys. So for the class project, I thought we could maybe make some quote art. And I wanted to show you how it is exactly that I compose some of my pieces. So I'm going to start with a fresh canvas. And the first thing that I do is I insert my guide sheets because I like to make sure that my slant and my spacing is right. Remember we're just going to derive the opacity down on that and use a new layer. And here is a little trick that I use. Sometimes I find this really helpful for laying out. I'm going to select my monoline brush here. I am going to make an overall on this layer. And to do that, I'm just going to draw an oval might not be the best shape, but if you just hold that for a minute, see it automatically snaps to an oval shape and then you can drag it in and out to adjust the size. Drag that up to be quite large. Hit on this button here that will select it with all these little ant, marching ants around it. And then I can move it and I'm kind of circle it up here. And then I'm going to do the same thing with the oval that I did with the guide sheet. I'm going to turn the opacity way down. And then I get a new layer. And I am going to let her out a quote. You can pick anything you want. I think I am going to write, you can do hard things. So I'm just gonna first guess at it or I'm going to put it. You can notice when I'm working on this with the guide sheet underneath of not necessarily using the guide cheap for the spacing, but I'm using it for the slant particularly, you can do you see I am trying to write this all sort of within the oval and it's not working out for me so far, but that's okay. This is just my first rough draft. And I tried to find ways that I can fill up. So the first thing I'm doing when I'm looking at this as I'm thinking, okay, I want to get this word heard to be closer within the oval. So this is kind of your lasso tool here. And you can use your pencil just to put a lasso around that one word, which is super cool, hit the selection button and you can make it smaller by just taking the corner and pushing it in. And then I'm going to do the same with the word things. I'm going to try to get that more in the oval shape here. Nick, that's, and I can move it around. This is also so, so helpful for your composition if you're used to doing things by hand and you know about using tracing paper and doing the art over and over the ipad makes it so much faster. So you can move your lettering around to adjust your composition. I'm going to, then I'm going to take this, and I'm going to take this layer and put the opacity down here. And I'm gonna make a new layer. I'm going to write this out again. You can do hard things. I'm going to write this out again. But while I'm doing it, I'm gonna be mindful of where I could maybe increase the size of some letters or decrease others or put flourishing on. That will kind of fill in the space. So I'm gonna make this y really big. Who got this? Oh, really small. The u. And the word can. I'm just gonna see EMOC tracing it directly on because this is my opportunity to make tweaks. This is my opportunity to make changes. This space here and looks kinda empty to me. So I'm looking at it and I'm thinking, what can I do here to fill a sense or I can put a flourish here. I can just attached that there. Again, see I'm not, everything's not perfect right now. These are just my drafts and this is how I get. Sometimes I will do ten layers before I end up with something that has a composition I'm happy with. So you just do this over. Now. This H, I can make this bigger than what the original was. I'm going to bring that are up like this to fill in this space. Or actually no, I'm going to get the d. The d can have another flourish like this one. To fill in that space here. I could put this t like this. I think I'm happy with the word things here, so I might just try to. And the composition on like, so I might just turn a perfect shape of my letters and this spacing again, the containers phase between them. So that's getting to be a little bit better. So then I just go back and I delete the first layer here, that was my draft and then delete that. I'm left with this one. I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to go in, decrease the opacity, get a new layer. And now I'm going to consider this to be like my final layer. So for this one, I want to have my brush size up a bit higher. I'm going to go in and this time I want to try to form my letters as my file drafts so I want them to connect nicely. And if you don't like something again, you could just hit the Back button. And try again. See you don't like how this here is. I have this little naught here some and I hit the back button. When I come down, I wanna make sure I'm crossing it over to hide that little connector. And remember, pick your pen up, take your pen up so you can get the composition that you want and you connect your letters like you want there. So I'm a little bit happier with this. I'm looking at the space here between the N and the top of that D, And I don't know if I'm liking that as much. So I'm just gonna go in and erase that part and go back in and I need to erase more of it. This is the thing. Sometimes you end up erasing more than you intended. But I want to bring this down a little further. You can, and again delete the layer underneath. And then you can turn off your guide layers, the overhaul, and turn off your guide sheet, and then you're left with your art that hopefully is pleasing to your eye and you're happy with it. And again, if you want to change the color again, take your two fingers, swipe UI, swipe to the right. And then I'm going to select another color. Maybe we'll do this in bright pink. And I'm going to select this big monoline brush because it's a bigger space, so it'll be easier to see that you can just magically repaint it. You can do hard things. Thanks for joining me everybody. I hope you will create and share.