Hand Lettering 101

By Giants Mfg. Co. | An introduction to hand lettering, hand-drawn typography, and related resources.

Benefits of Tracing Paper

If you asked me which tools are must-haves when it comes to lettering, I’d say tracing paper and brush pens. They are like air and water. I can’t …

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Tips for Adding Ligatures and Swashes to Your Lettering

How do you visually add interest and break the predictability of a lettering composition?<p>One way you could do this is by setting the letters above …

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the importance of using references

September 27, 2016<p>I can't stress enough the importance of using a solid design reference in your work. I find that every great design starts with a …

Top 4 Resources to Learn Lettering

Over the last few months, I’ve received several emails from people asking about lettering books and courses. I put together this list to answer some …

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Cohesive Lettering with Consistency

Our eyes can tell if something is off. We can punch a few numbers into a computer and it can give us a “perfect” product, however, numerical …

Handwriting vs. Hand Lettering

Do you have to be good at handwriting to be a lettering artist?<p>The short answer is no.<p>You don’t have to be good at handwriting (cursive).<p>Writing is a …

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Resources

Staedtler Lead Holder<p>Tombow Dual Brush Pen<p>Faber-Castell Brush Pen<p>Tombow Fude Brush Pen–Soft<p>Sakura Brush Pen<p>Pentel Color Brush Pen<p>Scotch Removable Tape<p>…

5 Kerning Tips to Make Your Lettering Stand Out

Lettering a word or phrase that is legible is a tricky balance.<p>If you’re designing a logotype, then legibility should be considered as well as …

Lettering Gear Guide 2015

An updated guide to some of the best tools for lettering today, and examples of them in action<p>Almost two years ago, I wrote about some of my favorite …

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Hand lettering styles: Block lettering tutorial

How to digitize your hand lettering using Illustrator's Image Trace

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How to improve your handwriting for hand lettering and calligraphy

You love the idea of hand lettering and calligraphy. Maybe you want to include your handwriting on some of your blog graphics, or maybe you just want …

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Illustrator Pen Tool Tutorial: Create Monoline Script for Hand Lettering

The pen tool is a tricky but powerful friend in Illustrator; it can help you digitize your hand lettering and calligraphy in a beautiful and clean …

How-To's

Lettering Advice: Things I've Learned So Far

I often get the question as to what would be good advice for someone who is just getting their start in typography and lettering. Seeing how few …

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3 Typography Experts Weigh in on the Recent Hand-Lettering Boom

Articles about the proliferation of ornamental and decorative lettering are nothing new—I’m thinking specifically of Steven Heller’s “Cult of the …

Typography

Lettering Tools

The following are <b>helpful tools and supplies that will get you started with lettering</b>.<p>I will only recommend tools and supplies that I have used myself …

Top 25 Things I’ve Learned About Hand Lettering

I love hand lettering. The industry is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth, which is super exciting. With that growth has come a ton of …

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How Do You Find the Time to Practice Hand Lettering?

You want to get better. You know you need to practice. You know it’s going to require hard work.But you just can’t seem to find the time.It feels …

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Save Time in Photoshop With Custom Keyboard Shortcuts So You Have More Time for Hand Lettering

Look, it’s hard to find time to practice hand lettering, right? We talked about that yesterday. Sure, it comes down to sacrifices and saying no, but …

Photoshop

Basic Guide to Choosing Harmonious Styles for Hand Lettering

A common issue I see with new letterers is the use of too many styles in one piece. Typically this is because they see styles they like in several …

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Mind Blank? Here’s How I Get Ideas for Hand Lettering

You decided to show up. <i>“I’m going to do this thing,”</i> you say to yourself. <i>“I’m going to dedicate time every day to practicing hand lettering.”</i>It’s …

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favorite lettering supplies with Megan Wells

It's Megan here and I'm back with some more tips and lettering tricks! Today is all about supplies. In my last post, an introduction to lettering, I …

How to Digitize Hand Lettering

I'm going to take you behind the scenes and show you how to digitize hand lettering using Image Trace. This video starts off in Photoshop for some …

How-To's

Hungry Artist Will Letter for Lunch

Drawing and eating are two of Lauren Hom's favorite things. Her motto of "Work hard, snack often" gets put to good use with her Will Letter for Lunch …

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