Happy Tuesday! Chances are you’ve heard of hand lettering recently – it’s everywhere! Many tutorials on hand lettering are paid ones, but I have the best readers, so this one’s free πŸ™‚ In this week’s tutorial, we go over the basics of converting some hand drawn lettering and make it digital by vectorizing it. We’ll take a scan of a hand lettered word, optimize its contrast in Photoshop, then vectorize it in Illustrator. Vectorizing will help us to have our lettering fully scalable, re-colorable, and allows us to digitally customize it without compromising resolution. Let’s get started!

If you’re interested in the Wacom tablet used in the tutorial, it’s this one


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  • This is awesome! and timely as I’m trying to self-learn hand lettering. Thank you!!

  • I love your teaching style–really to the point and helpful. Thank you!

  • thank you for your video!!
    it is very helpful for me!!!

  • THANK YOU so much for this great tutorial! I love your designs, your website and your way to teach! I can’t wait to see more!
    XoX, Kris

  • there are like 6 different illustrators in the apple app store… which one do i need only to vectorize handwriting ??

      • Ok great.. I will check it out now!! Thanks so much!! Just found your page, LOVE it!!

  • THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!! I have been struggling for several days trying to get the hang of vectorizing with outdated software. Your video has finally launched me to the place I need to be to get my calligraphy and hand lettering ready for print. I thank you so much, and will be following all your posts from now on. Bless you! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Teela! For some reason my pencil tool doesn’t work as smoothly as yours. It just doesn’t follow my movements as exact as your does. I noticed that mine has a tiny star or asterisk symbol where yours has an x (next to the actual pencil itself when you are using it). Any idea how I can fix this? Thanks so much for this tutorial!


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