lettering lessons

During the Circles conference, I was completely inspired by the many designers and their use of lettering. Particularly the transformation of drawn lettering into an online graphic- which I had absolutely no experience in doing.

For the past year, I have been following an artist by the name of Sean McCabe. I love his attention to detail and his transparency in how he creates his work. During the conference, I make friends with the guy who is sitting next to me. We chit chat about what the do and what we’re working on and he hands me his business card. “UHM- HELLO, YOU ARE SEAN MCCABE?!” I screamed in my head. And then politely gave him a collected “well, nice to meet you Sean” instead.

So, as the day goes on, he tells me about this “skill share” he has in which he teaches you how to create lettering vectors. I about ran home and started working on it right then.

*Side note: If you have never checked out Skill Share- you are missing out. While this is a well known thing in the designer world, until that day, I was blissfully unaware of this absolute GOLD MINE of talent that is shared from leading professionals in all different mediums on how they do their work. Needless to say- I’m now an aspiring professional of everything.

Here is my first go at lettering:

Before// drawn out on paper with a sharpie pen and snapped with my Iphone.

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I then put the image into Adobe Illustrator, where I created outlines. The rest was just a bit of tweaking with color changing and designing.

After//

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It made me realize how overcomplicated I believed that this process was and how simple and fun this art form can be, as long as you have the time to create it.

I’m excited to get more into lettering and maybe crank out some prints. We can all dream.

XOXO, K.

Free arrow photoshop brush download.

I am currently working on a design project for work that requires different kinds of arrows. Well, this just got me on an arrow kick, checking out all the different styles of hand-drawn pointers. In my quest, I found this Photoshop brush set which allows you to simply drop these cute little arrows into any project you’re working on.

Here are some videos to show you how to use these:

The first clip shows tips on loading the brushes in Photoshop (if you’re unfamiliar with the process), and the second one shares a couple ideas on how to use the brush set. If you’re already comfortable with Photoshop, then feel free to just scroll on down for the download and dive right in.

VIDEOS:

How To Load Photoshop Brushes

Tips On Using Photoshop Arrow Brushes

Tip: I suggest using the fill screen button (at the bottom of the page) to view the videos, so that it is sized correctly for the computer that you are using.

If you’re new to Photoshop brushes, I’ve have a few simple pointers on using them to pass on. Please let me know if you need me to clear up any steps. Again, I’m not very savvy when it comes to the technical side of Photoshop, but I should at least be able to get you going with this brush set.

LOADING PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the download button
  2. Double click on the file once it has downloaded onto your computer. This should automatically load the brushes into your brush library.
  3. If that doesn’t work, open photoshop > Window > Brushes
  4. When the Brushes palette opens click on the tiny triangle in the upper right-hand corner of the palette
  5. Select load brushes from the menu box that opens > select the arrow brush file from your computer (file name cc_arrow_brushes.abr) > click ‘load’
  6. Your brushes will now appear in the brush palette library

Now that you have your brushes, here area a few ideas on how to use them:Arrows are great for highlighting details on a post or image.

You can also use them to create a decorative pattern like this.

BRUSH USING TIPS:

  • You will need to use a new layer to get started using your brushes.
  • I recommend using a new layer for each brush that you want to use on your page, that way they will be easy to edit individually.
  • You can change the opacity of your arrows (allowing more or less of the background to show through them). To do this make sure you have selected the brush tool, toggle the opacity and flow percentages in the very top menu bar before stamping down your chosen arrow. Once you have the opacity looking how you like, apply your brush anywhere you’d like on your page.

Download your brushes here!

Happy arrowing.

xoxo, k.