Lettering is a very broad term, but in the graphic design world, it usually has a more specific meeting. "Text" is a catchall term for words in a design, but the text also has a "font", which dictates the specific look of the letters and words. "Lettering" usually refers to letters that are set apart from the main body of text, such as names, titles, and logo elements.
Lettering is very important for some types of graphic design, such as web design and social media, but less so for other types of art, like a pastel illustration or a watercolor painting.
When working with lettering, it's important to keep legibility in mind. But lettering is also a chance for you to accentuate other elements of your design. So be sure to choose a font that aligns with the overall design aesthetic of your piece.
If you're looking for some interesting fonts to use in your designs, there are many free fonts available online. You can find any type of free font online, including serif, block, sans-serif, and calligraphy fonts.
But if you want to create your own font, you'll need a tutorial. There are many books and online guides that give a step by step guide to font design. Typography is a vast field, so you should expect to do some hefty research before creating your own font.
Once you determine how you want to do it, at some point you'll need to draw the new letterforms. You can start out doing this by hand, but at some point you'll need to use a vector design platform to change your letterforms into vector shapes.
Vectornator is the perfect tool for this! With a powerful Auto Trace option and a sleek Pen Tool, transforming your letters into vectors is the work of just a few minutes. Try it out today!
If you want to get into calligraphy, it's probably best to start with the physical medium by buying a calligraphy pen and some ink. Learning how the pen handles and how ink behaves on the page will help you to learn calligraphy faster than any online tutorial.
But if you want to learn how to do calligraphy digitally, there are several options. First, identify which device platform you'd like to work on, whether iOS, iPad Pro, Android, or Windows.
Then, you'll need to decide which typography app you want to use to create your calligraphy. Adobe Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Cloud can be a good option, but the price can be a barrier for some. The Procreate app is a great option for raster calligraphy artwork.
But if you want to create calligraphy for web design or other digital mediums, you should use Vectornator! With our Brush and Pen tools, you can create fluid vector calligraphy that is easily editable. And with our library of templates, you'll always have the correctly sized artwork! Give Vectornator a try today!
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