We've included a pack of 6 FREE hand lettering brushes to follow along with the tutorial. Click here to download them now.
Want to level up your game with a pack of 67 brushes, PSD files, cheat sheets, and videos? Grab The Hand Lettering Toolkit here!
Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn and Retro Supply Co. have teamed up to make available to you Shauna’s personal collection of brushes that she created to give her hand lettering pieces her signature, textured style.
Shauna is a hand lettering artist and illustrator who has created pieces for a variety of companies including Publix, International Delight, Fortune Magazine, and Harper Collins. Shauna is known for her whimsical style and her obsession for lettering has inspired her to create projects in which the letters take the spotlight!
You too can make your hand lettering look like it was done the old school way—by hand with pencils, pens, and inkers! Grab the Free Handlettering Toolkit and follow along with Shauna on her super brief guide to hand lettering.
Click here to download the free Hand Lettering 101 brush pack.
Want to level up your hand lettering game? Grab The Hand Lettering Toolbox. It's packed with 67 pens, pencils, inkers, erasers, and much more! Available only from RetroSupply Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 7am PST.
Do you prefer to read through your tutorials? Here's a text version with pictures of each step.
With your red lettering pencil from your free toolkit, sketch a simple version of your letter by using simple shapes. Don't worry if it's not perfect - you'll have plenty of time to tweak it later.
Start adding the rough details to your letter using your blue sketcher. In this step, you might consider playing with the terminals of your letter and adding serifs. You may also want to tweak your crossbar.
After adding the rough details, you can see what is working for your letter form and what's not. You will choose the best parts of your design and define them with your 2B pencil.
In a new layer, trace over your 2B pencil drawing with your inker. Creating the step in a new layer will allow you to drop the sketch layer once you finish your tracing and can move onto further inking. This will be the backbone of your final design.
This step is all about dressing up your letter. With your inker, consider adding lines to the outside of your letter to give it dimension. You might also color part of your letter and add short strokes or dots. There is no wrong answer - have fun with it!
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Graphic styles are the fastest way to achieve time-consuming effects in Adobe Illustrator. By using graphic styles you can achieve looks like our classic PopType effect below with a single mouse click.
In this video tutorial, we'll mock our work up on a soft comfy looking t-shirt in Photoshop. This is a great way show clients how your design will look in the real world. To help you make your t-shirt mockup I've even included a handy texture you can use to follow along!