A while back, I created this tutorial where I shared 10 lettering enhancements anyone can do. The responses to the video have been amazing, so this week I wanted to take things a step further with a lettering shadows version! Adding shadows to lettering can really takes things to the next pop-off-the-page level. The best part is they are super simple to implement! Today I’m sharing 10 lettering shadows anyone can do – I even included a free download with them all listed out below 😉 Read on to see the full video!

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10 lettering shadows anyone can do

10 Lettering Shadows Anyone Can Do

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I also mentioned a free cheat sheet with all the shadows listed out! Download that right here:

10 Lettering Shadows

Cheat Sheet

  • File type: pdf
  • Size: 504kb
  • Minimum software version: n/a

 

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Here’s a quick recap of 10 lettering shadows anyone can do!

  1. Monoweight ‘hug”: Attach a single weight line to the edges of your base letter.
  2. Drop Shadow: Create a duplicate base letter offset and behind your original.
  3. Long Shadow: Recreate a drop shadow, connecting extremities and filling in any white space.
  4. Color Stacked Shadow: Recreate the long shadow, adding an additional layer of a different color.
  5. Hatched Shadow: Place repeating lines that are evenly spaced, similarly angled and the same length around your letter. Place these where your shadow should fall.
  6. Floating Shadow: Recreate the monoweight hug, but this time leave a space between the base letter and the single line shadow. Make sure to leave that space consistent all the way around your letter.
  7. Multiple Floating Shadows: Repeat the floating shadow, making each additional shadow line slightly offset from the previous one.
  8. Short Shadow + Monoweight Hug: Create a short shadow by making a block letter and filling it in. Apply a monoweight hug to the edges of your base letter.
  9. Inner Shadow: Place a fine line shadow along the edges of your letter. Use the base letter’s color to blend the darker color until a smooth transition occurs. Repeat as needed for darker shadows.
  10. Ribbon/Overlap Shadows: Use a script style letter as your base. Place a small amount of darker ink where overlaps will occur. Use the lighter color to blend the darker color until a smooth color transition is achieved.

 

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