The Mega List of How-to Digitize Your Lettering Tutorials


how to digitize your hand lettering via besotted blog

This seems to be the most requested tutorial here, I understand the desire especially if you have been dipping your toes in the hand lettering pool and now want to be able to showcase your work to the world! I hope I have rounded up enough tutorials to thoroughly get you through this process. Some of these tutorials will be step-by-step, others videos, of course some may be better than others but they all have great information to glean and I hope you find this post to be a useful future resource. If you have any questions please let us know!


Hand lettering from pencil sketch to digital graphic

Making your lettering into a vector graphic

 Making your lettering available for web*

A beginner’s guide to spiffing up your hand lettering

Using the calligraphic brush to create decorative type

Hand lettering in Illustrator (this is great for learning about the Wacom tablet settings)

How to digitize brush or hand lettering

How to digitize your calligraphy

*Note her tutorial reads to save as a ‘gif’, but I always save as either a .png or .jpeg for web unless the graphic is animated then I use the .gif file format


Photoshop for Lettering Artists (our super newbie class)

Digitizing your calligraphy with Molly Suber Thorpe

Introduction to the Wacom tablet

How to turn your handlettering into vectors

Digitizing hand lettering: creating organic and precise vectors

Lettering II by Mary Kate McDevitt


These are some of the tools that you will need or read about in the tutorials that will help make your digitizing life a whole lot easier.

Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Illustrator

Wacom tablet (there’s entry level versions that are affordable)


Lettering Supplies

P.S. That awesome font ‘lettering’ is in is available here

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.

13 thoughts on “The Mega List of How-to Digitize Your Lettering Tutorials

    1. Oh, there’s loads of free and inexpensive ways if you are just wanting to do it for ahobby font, a pro font would probably run thousands of dollars unless you knew someone that could work the software and do it as a favor or discounted fee.

      Font software:

      good luck!

  1. Hi Tristan! Gracias for these amazing, helpful links! I was wondering if it was important to go with the Epson V600 scanner for scanning my artwork for digitizing… Are there cost-effective alternative that work almost as good?

    1. Jasiel, we often use our Iphones now to shoot images of the lettering and bring that file in to clean-up, in fact that’s all I have been doing for the past 6 months!

  2. Ah thank you so much for this! Just starting to get into trying to digitize my hand-lettering work, and this is a goldmine of information! I realized how little I really knew about digitizing hand-drawn work when I tried to do it on my own…haha.

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