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Hand-Lettering Alphabet Style Grid

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Hey friends!

Have you ever seen a piece of lettering and one or more of the letters just really speak to you?!? If so, wouldn’t you love to put your own twist on that style but you’re not sure where to start?

Well… read on for handy tips and some free tools we created just for you!

Looking at that lettering piece as a reference (friendly reminder to not copy, it should only serve as inspiration). Start to determine what unique characteristics you would like to bring into your own “font”. You could sketch these ideas out or write down some notes. From there you can use our Hand-Lettering Alphabet Grid to create a whole alphabet, or font, using the style you’ve outlined. You can later reference your completed sheet and any other styles that you create when working on your future lettering. This is handy so that you don’t have to rethink what each letter in that style should look like every time… you’ll have your own lettering font library to reference 🙂

Prompted Design | Prompt #005 | Hand-Lettering Alphabet Grid

If you feel like going the extra mile, we’ve also created a Hand-Lettering Numbers and Symbols Grid for your use. Both of these Grids can be found at the same link, and because we are feeling generous, we’ve included PDF, PNG and Procreate File versions for each (woo-hoo!).

Prompted Design | Prompt #005 | Hand-Lettering Numbers & Symbols Grid

Happy Lettering!
—PD

 

 

TIP | How to Create a GIF Using Layers in Photoshop

TIP: How to Create a GIF Using Layers in Photoshop

TIP | How to Create a GIF Using Layers in Photoshop

After you’ve created your frames

Export out each artboard/frame as transparent PNGs and then import them as layers into Photoshop.

Once all your layers are in Photoshop

Select all your layers, in the Timeline window select the “Create Frame Animation” button. Then in the hamburger menu select “Make Frames From Layers”. This will create a frame for each of the layers that you brought in. Depending on your animation you may need to duplicate and rearrange the frames. You can set the length for each individual frame or select them all to have the same length. 

Now you are ready to export your GIF

Save for Web (Legacy) or keyboard shortcut (Option+Shift+Command+S). Save as a Transparent GIF with Matte set to “None” and Loop “Forever”.

Now your GIF is ready to go!

Pattern Making with the Move Tool

Pattern Making with the Move Tool

Pattern Making with the Move Tool

Pattern Making with the Move Tool

Hey guys! I wanted to share with you all my go-to way for pattern making in Illustrator… using the Move option under the Transform Menu (Command+Shift+M). I like to work in even numbers when creating the “artboard” for my pattern so that I can easily duplicate and move to the opposite border to complete the repeat. You could work with a 400×400 square or 500×100 rectangle… size doesn’t matter just make sure you note the dimensions you are working so your repeat will align. For our example, we will be working in a 400×400 pixel square:

Select all the objects that extend past the top portion, Command+C to copy, Command+F to paste a duplicate in front, then Command+Shift+M to open the Move dialogue box. Since we are repeating the top to the bottom border, Horizontal should be 0 px and Vertical 400 px. (If working from the bottom the Horizontal would still be 0 but the Vertical would be -400).

Now you will do the same with the right side, select all that extend off the right, Command+C to copy, Command+F to paste a duplicate in front, then Command+Shift+M to open the Move dialogue box. To move a copy to the left side your Horizontal should be at -400 px and Horizontal at 0 px. If you want to copy what is on the left side to the right side the settings should be 400 px for Horizontal and 0 px for Vertical.

Something to keep in mind when working on the repeats, if you make the move and notice that objects overlap what’s happening in the middle, you have to select both the top/bottom or left/right instance, and then use the arrow keys to adjust. This will ensure your repeat happens correctly.

Once your repeated edges are complete and you are happy with the center you can go about making your pattern any way you choose. You could mask it so it’s a complete square or what I like to do is duplicate the background square, send it to the back and make sure the stroke and the fill are both set to “none”. Then you can select the whole pattern and drag and drop into the Swatches panel. Note: You can also do this when masking out the edges, just select your masked pattern and drag into the Swatches panel!

-AF

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Digitizing Your Textures

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Digitizing Your Textures

 

See the videos below for quick demos on how to convert your scanned/photographed textures into digital textures in both Illustrator and Photoshop. Each technique creates different results which adds to the variety you can get from just one texture. Have fun and explore with the different settings and adjust the sliders before getting to that final product. There is no right or wrong way, and you can save out all the different variations for your use.

Digitizing in Illustrator

Digitizing in Photoshop

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