After a week of stress dreams on my part, (I’ve been dreaming that my teethe were falling out), and talking in her sleep on Michelle’s part our day has finally arrived! My daughter woke at 4:30 a.m., my husband got her ready for an early morning stroll (and strong coffee), I put on a huge guilty pleasure on Pandora-The Hall & Oates station, and got down to bid’ness working on the finishing touches on this labor of love and it really has been. I think I should step back a bit and explain that I started on my lettering journey at a time when there wasn’t much information nor any classes on the internet, nor were there many local classes teaching traditional calligraphy. I started sharing what I was doing and others responded enthusiastically. Then I read that school’s were getting rid of their cursive curriculum and I went on an all out campaign to make sure the art of lettering did not die out, it would be like the end of paper books, it was unthinkable. Cut to today and I do believe I succeeded in my efforts, there are many, many readers that picked up calligraphy and lettering after visiting, many becoming professional lettering artists, there are so many on-line and live classes that you wouldn’t be wont for one, there are books galore, forums, my goodness it’s a movement and I am proud to have played a small part in it. When Michelle and I sat down to develop an easy way for lettering artists to get their lettering ready for the web I don’t think we anticipated the Herculean task ahead of us. Last night after we did our final tweaks and with hearts pumping moved our Letter Rx | Paper to pixel from ‘prototype’ to ‘final files for market’ there was definitely a euphoric sense of accomplishment.
So, what the heck is an action and how can it help you the lettering artist? An action in Photoshop is basically the ability to automate a task. What used to take me 28 steps, now takes me one click of said action!
I can quickly + easily bring my scanned lettering or Iphone photos into Photoshop, click and have a file ready for web. You’ll just need to erase any splits, splats or splotches (if you have them) with our non-destructive eraser (dubbed ‘spot removal’). Do you need to know how to use Photoshop? Not really, but having a very basic knowledge of where things are in Photoshop will be an asset. We tried to keep in mind the entire time we were developing the set that most lettering artists will have little to no Photoshop experience. I have to say I truly think we aced this challenge, but to ensure that we actually did, Michelle and I will be teaching a class Photoshop for Lettering Artists. Yup, we are going to show you how to do it the traditional way–step-by-step which should give you an immense appreciation for the one click capabilities of Lettering Rx, but also empower you to know the steps taken to get your lettering from paper to pixel!
If you have any questions, we are ‘on call’ this week and happy to answer! We truly hope this helps all lettering artists create an easy, effortless and efficient workflow that allows you to get back to doing what you love instead of sitting behind a computer. You can add it to your lettering tool kit here.
Author / Miss Tristan B
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.