I'm a hand letterer looking to take my work to Illustrator and I was wondering if there's a way to emulate this sort of look & method in Illustrator.

So far I've only been toying with a Wacom tablet and calligraphic brushes but the smoothing still needs some getting used to.

I'm fairly new to Illustrator so I was wondering if there was a 'snapping' and 'curving' kinda mechanic like in the above linked Instagram video.


  • Are you sure that "curving" isn't just created by the movement of the pen on the screen? Could be just a bad filming angle. Unless I misunderstood what you mean by that.
    – Luciano
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 14:51
  • Adobe Draw on the iPad tends to be better at this sort of thing. And that would be a closer emulation to using ProCreate on a tablet.
    – Scott
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 18:00
  • Have you tried changing the smoothing and fidelity options in the brush tool?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 7:59
  • The "curving" motion you see in the video, when the stroke align itself to become more clean is called StreamLine and it's a Procreate feature Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 17:57

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You have to play with caligraphic brush angle and roundness. That curves are a delay of video. Here is an exeample:

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  • Yup been doing this so far. Seems like this is the closest thing in Illustrator so far. Thanks for the overview!
    – Flynn
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 15:15

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