Lately I have been dipping my toes into brush lettering waters thinking it would be easy or easier than the pointed pen (oh, contraire). Honestly, I spent many an afternoon wanting to pull my hair out. I realized with brush lettering, not having a set in stone outcome is the best way for me to enjoy the process, there’s definitely not as much control as pointed pen and the media to get there– the brush, paper, inks, gouaches etc., all seem to have a better idea of outcome than I do. It truly feels like a ‘go with the flow’ technique and once you do things do fall into place. If you have wanted to try this medium but didn’t know where to start, what supplies to get, etc. or if you have been doing it for awhile and wanted to pick up a few techniques, or like me are feeling frustrated, then we have a serious treat for you! This week will be dedicated to Brush Lettering, we will have giveaways: classes, supplies, tools and tons of lettering artist secrets revealed! This is going to be a very special week, we hope you join us!Read More
We have been furiously working on launching our next set of Photoshop actions (can’t wait to spill the beans!) but in the interim every time I use the current sets I feel all evangelical like I want to scream from the roof tops that you need this product! We created the actions because a lot of the tasks we were doing in Photoshop (and we were doing A LOT of tasks there– Blog images, lettering clean-up, shop photos, etc.) were taking up way too much precious time, by automating everything it’s so much more efficient allowing us to do more of what we love. We want everyone that needs to use Photoshop on a regular basis to just be able to get in and get out as fast as they can (if that’s what they want to do). We are planning to work on some live edits very soon so you can see in real time just how quickly and easily you can clean up your lettering and illustrations (and also walk those that are newbie’s to Photoshop through our easy peasy process). This image would have sat scanned on my hard drive probably until by daughter went to college (she’s 2) if I didn’t have our trusty Vitamin L25 | Paper to Pixel Photoshop action set to use. I have been doing a ton of brush lettering lately because I am all amped up (and wildly inspired) for a our upcoming Brush Lettering week, we have interviewed some amazingly talented lettering artists that specialize in brush lettering that are divulging some serious secrets, we have a TON to giveaway: Classes, supplies, and yup, some of our actions. We just wanted to pop in and let you know what we are up to and we are excited as always to share our resources and finds with you-Carpe Diem friends!
Pentel aquabrush | medium
Higgins Eternal black ink
Canson watercolor paper
Epson Perfection V19 scanner (so very fast and super hi-res scans!)
Vitamin L25 | Paper to Pixel Photoshop actions for cleaning and digitizing your lettering + illustrations
P.S. Those drips are from our upcoming set, you can get notified here when it launches (AND get some serious freebies!
//VECTORIZE YOUR LETTTERING//
Some of you may have heard the term to ‘vectorize’ your lettering or artwork and were either not sure what that meant or are familiar with the term but don’t have access to a program like Adobe Illustrator to do so. The why to vectorize may be an easier way of explanation–vectorizing allows you to scale your images very large (say for signange) without your image losing quality and becoming the dreaded pixealated. Also, if you wanted to do professional printing with your lettering or artwork, a printer may ask for vector artwork (many letterpress printers need to make printing plates from vector artwork) , which may send fear in your heart but fret not friends! We found a FREE desktop app you can download, upload your artwork, hit play and viola! You will have a vector file! It’s by no means perfect, but people are raving about the ease of use and the price (free!), even people that are familiar with Illustrator have been using it because they believe it trumps Illustrator’s Live/Image trace. We’ll let you be the judge of that! Download here.
P.S. If you want to try Adobe Illustrator without the huge investment there is a monthly subscription available here.
P.P.S. You’ll still need to clean up your lettering before vectorizing may we suggest these?
//IMPROVE YOUR PENMANSHIP//
All this discussion about lettering and all you want to do is improve your penmanship? Emily of Jones Design Co. has created a course just for you! I was super excited when I found out about this online course, I really would love to take it. It is an investment at $80, but the joy of being able to love your personal hand to create handwritten letters and other mementos of your life is priceless. Penmanship Simplified.
//CREATE YOUR OWN GUIDELINE TEMPLATES//
Fozzy Book, the calligrapher with the quirky name but the seriously good resources has a most excellent download to create your very own hard copy guideline stencil so you can turn any notebook into one where you can practice your calligraphy with a proper slant. Download the template here.
We hope you enjoy these resources! Please let us know if you have any questions!
Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.
We are so excited to give you part II of Karla Lim of of Written Word Calligraphy’s interview and also to share her second beautifully lettered quote, a favorite around these parts. We are so looking forward to spring! Thank you Karla for participating, please leave comments to let Karla know how much this interview was appreciated!!!Read More