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Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering
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In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different script lettering styles. We will start with a nice simple basic script, touch on a more athletic inspired lettering style and work our way to a classic, fancy script.
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Script lettering can take on many forms, from athletic logos, to tattoos, all the way to wedding invitations – and many places in between – but they all are rooted in handwriting. So thats where we’ll start.
Simply Drawn Script
First, we’ll start with simply re-creating the words ‘to’ and ‘from’ directly off of the sketch/reference. This is a fairly straight forward approach, but still useful because this style of lettering could be used for almost any project.
Break out the drawing utensils and write. I like to start with drawing because its helps to understand how the letter-forms are naturally formed.
Here is the super quick sketch/mock-up to use as reference for creating the script lettering.
Bring in the reference image to AI and lock it in place (Command + 2). . based pretty closely off of the sketch.Step 2a First up is the simple/basic script.
Step 2b As you can see in the sketch I even used a guideline (baseline). so simply drag guidelines for the height of the letters from the sketch. this is to keep the letter-form on an even plane and consistent. Guides definitely will help when building the letters in Illustrator. .
Here I am using a 2pt (red) stroke on the lines. . simply follow the basic forms of the sketch with the Pen Tool.Step 3a The rest is fairly simple on this first style.
This also helps speed things along.Step 3b In-order to keep the lines consistent. specifically the angle of the letterforms. . it helps to copy+drag existing lines and modify to help create the next letter.
Step 3c Another good tip is to make sure that you have Smart Guides on (View > Smart Guides). This will help to make sure things are precise. .
it’s fairly easy to create the letter ‘m’ using parts of the letter ‘r’ and a few simple variations with the Pen Tool. for example. .Step 3d Things should move along quite swiftly and pain free. As you can see.
.Step 3e Again. Then refine according to the sketch. The letter ‘o’ can be started using the Ellipse Tool. keep things simple.
.” Notice. but make sure the letterforms look good by themselves.Step 3f There you go. Start with the sketch. you have the word “from. this is an important thing to be open to. that I varied from the sketch. because the sketch is just for reference it’s not the perfect drawing.
Simple copy + drag over the pieces/parts of the letters you have already created. “to. .” we’ll create the same style letters but this time we won’t even need to use the sketch.Step 4a To create the next word.
” .Step 4b Referencing the sketch. simply modify and draw the word “to.
.Step 4c There you have it. two words drawn and the first of three script lettering styles finished.
. The basic idea is to use the sketch as a framework – or how the letters flow into each other – not tracing them like in the last style.Building a Bold Script For the next style we’re building the word “ZERO. Step 5a Using the sketch as reference to build from. start drawing the “Z” with the Pen Tool.” This approach uses the reference/sketch to understand how to build the framework of the letters so they intertwine/flow correctly. This is an energetic looking letter style and could be used for things like athletics or anything playful.
Step 5b .
In-order to achieve the allusion that the letters intertwine we will need to create a bridge or white gap between two shapes. Step 5c Copy + Paste the point in front and using the up/down and left/right arrows position the line in place. Keeping track of how the distance (4 down) you’ve moved the piece and using that same distance throughout the lettering will keep things consistent. depending on the orientation/position of the shapes. Direct Select (white arrow) the closet point to where the new shape where the gap will appear. Though it may not always be the same. . And to keep these gaps precise and consistent simply start with a point from an existing line.
Step 5d Using the Add Anchor Point Tool (+ Arrow) add 2 points where you want to start the next shape. in this case it being the “O” in “ZERO.” .
Arrow).Step 5e Next. using the Delete Anchor Points Tool (. . delete the unneeded points and continue drawing the “O” with the Pen Tool.
Step 5f .
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” working your way towards the “E.” . it should be fairly easy to continue on with the letter “R.Step 7a Because you already have the gap segments to work from.
” .Step 7b Completed line-work for the word “ZERO.
. meaning there aren’t any overlapping or over complicated shapes.Step 7c In outline form (Command + Y) you can see that the linework is clean.
Step 8 By changing the “ZERO” linework from a red line with stroke to red fill. . and popping back in the previous “from” and “to” lettering – you have only one word to go.
Referencing the sketch. thick vertical strokes leading into very thin horizontal based strokes.Finessing a Fancy Script Now let’s work on the the final style. This is a classic looking letter style that has been around forever.” This approach uses the reference/sketch only as reference. but still could be used for anything from a wedding invite to a rock bands logo. and is more about setting up guides to create letterforms that have nice. Step 9a First. the ‘H’ in ‘Hero’ be larger then the rest of the . establish guides for consistency. the word “HERO.
Step 9b Using the Pen Tool. Determine the guides for the height of the ‘H’. draw the first thick vertical stroke of the “H. Hide it and reference it when needed as you draw the rest of the letters. so that is a good place to start. there wont be a need to keep it in the artboard.script. . Since the sketch is so crude.” I am using a 2pt stroke line (red) to start.
so it doesn’t interfere with the above lettering. so taper each end.Step 9c Remember the think vertical strokes will curve into thin. notice the right side of the “H. delicate lines.” will need to be slightly shorter. Rules (guides) are meant to be broken. . Also. Both sides of the “H” are finished.
Step 9d Change both vertical tapered strokes of the ‘H’ to a fill. draw a line (2 pt) from the bottom left taper.” . With the Smart Guides still on. swooping across to the right of the “H.
Step 10 Next.” “r” and “o.” . we’ll need to establish an additional set of guides for the height of the smaller letters “e.
” . draw the thick stroke of the “e.” using the Pen Tool.Step 11a The same as the “H.
” .Step 11b Complete the thick stroke of the “e” and change it to a fill. using a 2pt stroke line. From the top of the “e” draw. from the top of the “e.” connecting it to the line of the “H.
Step 12a Draw the thick stroke of the “r” and change it to a fill. .
” and then finish the shape of the “r.” .Step 12b Add the thin stroke of the connecting “e” and “r.
.Step 12c Don’t forget the nice little loop on the cursive “r.” It’s all in finessing the details.
” be sure to change it to fill. draw the thick stroke of the “o. .Step 13a And for the last letter.
Step 13b Complete the “o” by drawing the thick (2pt) stroke. .
.Step 14 You may notice that the transitions from thick to thin on “Hero” are inconsistent. To fix that. All of the transitions are now smooth and refined. select all of the filled shapes (thick strokes) and apply a 2 pt stroke weight to the shapes.
.” and maybe a few more loops to the lettering.Step 15a To add a bit of finesse. or fanciness. Now we’ve got the spirit of the script. add a swash coming from the “o.
.Step 15b And how about even more fancy swoops to tie all of the different lettering together.
Final Image Finish it of with a background color that makes the lettering pop. Boom! The purpose of this tut is to show a variety of approaches and styles of script lettering. Hopefully this will help you to create you own. . unique script lettering. The final image is below.
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Reply • Trevor Payne • 4 months ago thanks for trying but this seems like an ASS BACKWARDS way to achieve pretty amateur results. • • Caroline Luis 0 • • 2 months ago Share › Thanks for this! useful tips for me Reply • rahul choudhary • 6 months ago boog 0 • Reply • Share › PhotographerS 0 • • 6 months ago Amazing tutorial Jesse.Leave a message. Reply • Share › Krystle 0 • 9 months ago Reply Share › Sweet tutorial. Discussion Community Icon Printing • 3 months ago This is a super helpful post. enjoy! http://bit. seriously.ly/URI2hi 1 • Reply • Share › Santhosh 1 • • a year ago Share › Really cool. Creating custom type from scratch really is worth the trouble! It looks so great. Thanks! • • mokarrom • a year ago ... giving it a try now.. how do the pros use illustrator? would it kill Jessica Hische to do one fcking tut? 0 2 • Reply • Share › moon 0 • 15 days ago Reply Share › thank you! this was really informative for an amateur like me. It's a great walk through of how to use and control the Illustrator Pen Tool.. Here's a similar article I've written for my readers.! I need to start to write better to make it easier on illustrator.
thank u • • Leo Aslan • 2 years ago I like this. the result looks good! 0 • Reply • Share › Muneera • 2 years ago That was a great tutorial. This Really Is A Nice Tutorial . 0 • Reply • Share › Melissa 0 • a year ago Reply Share › WOOT WOOT !! You Go Jesse . i have got creating script lettering easy after this tutorial. . well written • • Faisal 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › wow zar was great.really so nice and good tutorial. JOB WELL DONE (: • • Jenn 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › Awesome. I look forward to trying this! • • Reido 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › Nice very inspiring will save this and get to work :) • • Nils Westhoff • 2 years ago Very nice tut! SO HAPPY it's not a premium tutorial! :D Thx 0 • Reply • Share › Brian 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › Really cool to see your process and awesome result! • • Melody 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › Great tut.
0 • Reply • Share › serban 0 • 2 years ago Reply Share › really nice tut. thanks. My typography has never been a strong point . Maybe some serif or san-serif next time? 0 • Reply • Share › pica-ae • 2 years ago very nice tutorial! the "zero" and "hero" part could easily be done using a script brush that can be expanded and edited as wished :) 0 • Reply • Share › LoungeKat 0 • • 2 years ago Share › Love it! I'll have to try this sometime. Pen tool is definitely a must have in your type design arsenal. :) • • Chad • 2 years ago Great Work! Straight-forward tutorial with some great tips and tricks.) Reply • ALSO ON VECTORTUTS How to Create a Detailed Lighter in Adobe Illustrator 9 comments • 4 days ago How to Create a Cute Corn Illustration with Basic Shapes in Illustrator 2 comments • 3 days ago Tino Bøgebjerg Cordes — WOW. the texture was done so easily :-) Beto Garza — Muchas gracias Miguel :D :D un saludazo de vuelta ! ! ! seguir dibujandole :D :D ! ! ! Comment feed Subscribe via email .
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