How to … create your own original lettering

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Caroline Morley

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In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of typefaces and fonts available to designers.

Perhaps as a reaction to the stark and predictable digital fonts, watercolour fonts and handlettering are big trends in design this year. To get you started, here is a guide to handlettering.

Or if you prefer to work digitally, here’s a one-minute video on how to make 3d lettering in Illustrator.

Some designers take this further create original lettering using unusual techniques and sources of inspiration.

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Floor Rehbach

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Fancy turning your handlettering into a typeface? Try Calligraphr – you fill in a template with your letters, upload it and then the system creates the glyphs from your letters and gives you a font you can load into your system.

Here is an image I recently used my own font on to create the effect of handwriting on a post-it note.


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