Hand Lettering Styles and Techniques for Embellishment

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Hand Lettering Styles and Techniques for Embellishment

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In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog has grown from 15 to more than 250 online courses that cover creative arts, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, lifestyle and technology. The School of MakeOurMark, with courses in photography, illustration and tattooing, was launched in October 2013, and the School of Design went live the following month. Among the instructors who have taught courses are Seth Godin, founder of online marketing firm Yoyodyne, who teaches a class on entrepreneurship; DJ Young Guru, who leads a course on mixing and recording; and actor, writer and director James Franco, whose course focuses on screenwriting for short films. You can begin a Skillshare collaboration by taking an introductory course in a particular area to learn, for example, the fundamentals of Photoshop and expand your knowledge with a five-part, in-depth Photoshop series.

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Course Description

How do letterforms work? How do you add embellishments like script styles and drop shadows? Learn techniques to take your lettering to the next level in Adobe Illustrator!

Join Spencer Charles, formerly Senior Designer at acclaimed design firm Louise Fili Ltd, to learn a techniques, tips, tricks, and best practices to create your best lettering work. Lessons cover:

  • Letterform Research: study historical examples to see how common letterforms are made
  • Illustrator Best Practices: learn the best ways to use grids, layers, and the infamous pen tool
  • Alphabet Script Styles: construct lowercase and uppercase letters in different styles
  • Effects for Embellishment: practice inlines, outlines, drop shadows, and more
  • Monograms: learn how to weave and interlock letterforms

Illustrator is as diverse as your creative vision. Expand your skills while creating fantastic work!

  

Images Courtesy Spencer Charles...

How do letterforms work? How do you add embellishments like script styles and drop shadows? Learn techniques to take your lettering to the next level in Adobe Illustrator!

Join Spencer Charles, formerly Senior Designer at acclaimed design firm Louise Fili Ltd, to learn a techniques, tips, tricks, and best practices to create your best lettering work. Lessons cover:

  • Letterform Research: study historical examples to see how common letterforms are made
  • Illustrator Best Practices: learn the best ways to use grids, layers, and the infamous pen tool
  • Alphabet Script Styles: construct lowercase and uppercase letters in different styles
  • Effects for Embellishment: practice inlines, outlines, drop shadows, and more
  • Monograms: learn how to weave and interlock letterforms

Illustrator is as diverse as your creative vision. Expand your skills while creating fantastic work!

  

Images Courtesy Spencer Charles, Designer and Lettering Artist

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Greg Warner

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
So far, this class has been one of the most valuable for me on Skillshare. Spencer Charles spends quite a bit of time showing the details of his vector- drawing process. His methods create fantastic results and is already greatly improving my own practices. Only wish is that he would slow down a tad more and mention more keyboard shortcuts or methods or how he quickly manipulates letterforms—the class is more for an intermediate user. Highly recommended.
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Wendy Whatley

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7 years, 1 month ago
Great overview covering the basics, presented with expert instructor. Interesting and at a nice brisk pace. Loved it.
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Cavell Ferguson

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7 years, 1 month ago
This is an exceptional tutorial, Spencer Charles is a great instructor. He was prepared, informative, gave a great presentation, I learn a lot because he is able to teach as well as being very skilled. Would love to see more tutorials from him.
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Amaara White

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7 years, 1 month ago
Great class! easy to follow and informative :)
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Maya M.

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7 years, 1 month ago
This seems like a fantastic class, but the "background" music really hurts my ears and is seriously distracting, makes it impossible for me to follow what the teacher is talking about. I'm super disappointed, because the teacher seems great and I would really have loved the opportunity to learn from him.
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Matt Pinson

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7 years, 1 month ago
Really enjoyed this class, learned some new techniques I hadn't known before. Good stuff.
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Kerstin Whitmer

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7 years, 1 month ago
I did like the class but the music is so distracting. I wish I could turn it off.
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Khary Tomlinson

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7 years, 1 month ago
most awesome video i have ever seen totally wish you had left us with a pdf or an ai file with some examples though. keep up the good work
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Carrie Stevens

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7 years, 1 month ago
This course is great, i would recommend you take some time to try it out! I was unsure whether i would be able to keep up but i have learnt so much in the first few sections and Spencer gives you some really good tips & shortcuts. You just take the course at your own pace too. Really useful. :)
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Russell Shinpo

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7 years, 1 month ago
I have been interested in learning ways to add dimensionality to typography for years. Spencer's work is exceptional and the man not only understands how to manipulate the type to become an image but also does so in a very speedy and efficient manner which one can definitely benefit from. I have all ready incorporated his techniques to great effect. Thank you Spencer deeply.
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Diana Hoyes

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7 years, 1 month ago
Such a great class! Spencer has a wealth of knowledge and explains everything so well (with bonus cool background music). I honestly gained so much from this...I think I will watch it again.
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Nick Pascuzzi

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7 years, 1 month ago
This is a fantastic class for those who are new to lettering or are looking for some tips/tricks from a professional in the field. Spencer provides a great look into his process.
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Desiree Portugues

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
this is an amazing class!!! I've been trying for so many months trying to change weights on letters without it looking too tacky. Something as simple as the technique he showed us is life changing!!! thank you!!! and super simple!! :)
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Jiaxi Huang

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7 years, 1 month ago
Such a great class! It revealed the "dark secret" of how to make perfect digitalised typography without having the ability to letter perfect typefaces by hand. I wish it'd be a tiny bit more detailed in how to make those perfect curves (it looks very easy, but it needs lots of practice to get it perfect like Spencer did).
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David Ramirez

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7 years, 1 month ago
If you know Louise Fili, then you know they produce stellar work. This class is held to the same standard. Spencer Charles brings an amazing skill set to this class that develops new ideas in letter forms as well as thinking outside of the typical view in dealing with typography. This class is one worth taking.
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Khara Woods

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7 years, 1 month ago
Genius!
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Diane Worth

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7 years, 1 month ago
Lots of good tips, I learned a lot. Pace quite quick, presumably to cram as much as possible in. It was perhaps a little above where I am with Illustrator but I will go over the videos again, some steps such as joining ends of paths looked much easier than I found it to be the case in CS6, for example, and I would have liked some guidance on the proportions of the guides set up for each letter.
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Liz Jones

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7 years, 1 month ago
Although this wasn't my favorite lettering class, I did still learn some useful information. Sometimes Spencer went through technical information about Illustrator too quickly for me to follow, and I found that frustrating. He spent a lot of time talking about design decisions he made about the examples for the class, and not enough time explaining the methods to use to achieve those results in Illustrator. Still, I did learn some helpful things about using Illustrator for lettering.
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Bora Miletic

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7 years, 1 month ago
Fantastic tutorial!!! :D
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Marco Baccioli

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7 years, 1 month ago
Highly recommended class, great tips, very helpfull!
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Johanna Nyström

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
So much good stuff in here! I really recommend this class if you are interested in type and lettering.
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A I.

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
Best class on lettering currently available (I took them all). Lots of practical information that you can put to use right away. I am professional illustrator, relatively fresh to lettering and this course inspired me to design my own script font.
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Clément LE BOUC

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7 years, 1 month ago
Really interesting! Some amazing tips to make handrawn type with illustrator.
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Qualia Baker

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
This class is amazing! I learned soo much about Illustrator. I love the dense information format. It gave me a wealth of information in a short amount of time. I would HIGHLY recommend this class. Thank you, Spencer! :)
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Roshanna Evans

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7 years, 1 month ago
Easy to follow. Clear instruction. Challenging for someone like me to create but the practice is what really cinches the deal. Trust the learning experience.
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Louise Trainor

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7 years, 1 month ago
jam packed full of useful information and techniques for drawing letters from scratch in illustrator. There is a lot of information to take in, so im going to watch it all again and start practicing! highly recommend
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Nicci Wiedman

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7 years, 1 month ago
Mind BLOWN
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Luana Viana

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7 years, 1 month ago
<3
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Jessica O.

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7 years, 1 month ago
excellent useful - moves really fast so a background knowledge of illustrator is important
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Tylor Reimer

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7 years, 1 month ago
I really enjoyed the lessons and found them to be very comprehensive and interesting. I would suggest this class to other designers and illustrators with an interest in typography.
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