Questions tagged [lettering]

Questions about crafting a few individual letters, not necessarily a whole typeface. Typically, this is done in for example logo design, graffiti and calligraphy.

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How to recreate The Muppet Show logo in Illustrator?

Well, I'm not sure if you can call this a logo: But yeah, I'm referring to the lettering that appears in the show's opening. I understand that it's probably a hand-painted sign, but is it possible ...
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1922 Cartography Lettering

I know that is was hand lettered, but I have seen this same style on other maps. It looks similar to copperplate, but I don't think that's it. Can anyone identify the source for these lettering styles?...
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Typeface Identification

I have been trying to figure out the typefaces or stencils styles that were used for this 1941 map. I was thinking that it could be something like a Leroy Lettering template, but I can't find it. This ...
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Letterpress machine for hobbyist?

can anyone suggest a small letterpress machine for a beginner? It's for personal use only. I absolutely love this print technology and have been watched countless videos on youtube. Can anyone suggest ...
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Unwanted shape in logo

I'm working on a logo for a startup that makes tents. Here's my first concept (Their name starts with K): The shape at the top left of the K is the shape of a tent. The problem (that you probably ...
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What is this style of layered lettering called?

Basically what the title says. I just can't think of what to call this style in order to look up tutorials.
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What are the gaps in a stencil called?

To be useful as stencils, stencil letters usually have cuts in letter forms to hold the interior spaces in place. Is there are name for these cuts?
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(Hypothetical?) character: Vertically stacked apostrophe and comma?

Edit for clarity: I have never seen this character, but it seems like it would exist. But without knowing what to call it, I don't know how to look up if it actually does exist. So, to me it's ...
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How do I edit existing text in a design I created in Gimp

Using Gimp, I created a design with circular lettering. I increased the font size, and now the text is pixelated (blurry, lighter in color than the rest of the image). How do I select the existing ...
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How can I achieve this lettering style? [closed]

I have tried almost everything and scratched my brains over it but still, I am not able to figure it out. Please help me to achieve this lettering.
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Trying to add two handles to an anchor point,but only one will appear, help! (Vectorizing lettering)

I am trying to learn and use the horizontal/vertical only method of vectorizing type using the pen tool in Illustrator. I am following this tutorial here. When going from anchor point to anchor point,...
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Emulating a Procreate Brush Pen in Illustrator

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 ...
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Recreate rough, handmade style strokes to vectorized lettering

I am currently working on a logo. I draw it by hand with a brushpen and really liked the rough edges, ink density variation and the grain of the end of the strokes of this lettering, but the shapes ...
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Create flair around fonts without pen tablet?

Without using a pen tablet, what’s a good alternative way in Photoshop or Illustrator to create variable width flair around fonts like a lettering artist would?: Examples: I don’t have the drawing ...
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Is there an auto-trace tool/feature in a vector application other than Illustrator

I'm looking for an alternative to Illustrator that I can use for the occasional auto-tracing task. My application is vectorizing hand lettering. I want an alternative to Illustrator with this ...
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How to make different letters same height in Photoshop CC

Looking to find a way to make rounded letters and straight letters same height in Photoshop CC without manually doing so letter by letter. I'm looking for a quickest solution in PS.
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Opposite of SmallCaps?

What is the name of text stylization, where all letters are lowercase, but where "naturally" uppercase letters would occur, a lowercase letter scaled to uppercase size is used? - The opposite of ...
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Why does the comics font look like it looks like?

I've seen the video Where the "comic book font" came from and it looks like the today's comic book fonts perfectly fit to the context of comics. What are the key features that makes the comics font ...
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Letter Overlap Issue Adobe Illustrator

I'm trying to make a logo in illustraot using this font: http://www.dafont.com/pokemon.font Unfortunately, when I add a stroke, it ruins the overlapping on the font. For example, I want the blue ...
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Why is lowercase “L” usually higher than capital “I”?

I've often wondered this, but I haven't really sought an answer to it until now. Obviously, fonts do need to distinguish small "L" and capital "I" in some way and it does make sense to use letter ...
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How do I modify this letter to symbolize a cross?

The website from where I took this picture is a religious one and it had the i (capital letter) modified to symbolize a small cross. Maybe for some it's easy to do this but for me as a starter it's ...
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Should you use both a Wordmark and a Lettermark Logo together at the same time?

Is it bad design to use BOTH a company wordmark (pictures to the right) and a Lettermark (pictured to the left) at the same time in a header of a website or app? or on a businesss card? or ever?
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LetterHead design [closed]

I need the following details please: best software to use for a letterhead design the letterhead is sent to the client under which format? pdf, word, ...? the most known margin details of a letter ...
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Hand Lettering style?

(not sure this type of question belongs on this forum but thought i would ask) So I'm looking at learning a particular style of hand letter, for the life of me i cant find many other reference other ...
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Do logotype and lettering designers use programs like FontLab, Glyphs App and Robofont?

From what I’ve seen, type-design-specific apps have tools far more superior for drawing letters than Illustrator. I’m wondering: Beside type designers, do logotype designers and lettering artists ...
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Resources for hand-lettering [closed]

What are some of the most useful resources for aspiring graphic designers who want to try hand-lettering?
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How to add the white lines in the letters in Photoshop?

Please see the attached image, how to add the white lines in the letters in Photoshop?
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Illustrator losing most recent handle when I continue path after editing previous handles

In Illustrator, when creating a path (such as for lettering), how do you go back and adjust handles of anchor points before the current on, and then continue from where you left off without losing the ...
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Incorrect text outline in Illustrator

I'm trying to convert a letter "A" to a shape using the Type -> Create Outline function. However, the converted shape does not maintain the straight lines in the letter. Here is the original letter (...
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Converting marker and watercolor art to Illustrator/Vector?

Hi everyone. I have been playing around with watercolor and marker lettering lately. I know how to turn them digital in Photoshop while keeping the natural watercolor and permanent marker textures. ...
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What is the printing process of gold letter stationaries?

I've been interested in designing stationaries, such as cards, envelopes, etc. I've seen many gold lettered stationaries, and am wondering how to print gold (luminescence) lettering.
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How can I make this lettering/typographic shape better?

I made this effect in Illustrator using the line tool, Zig Zag tool and then expanding the line to a path. I want the top line of the 'E' to join perfectly with the line in the 't'. I have almost ...
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Difference in glyphs of I and l

In many fonts I come across, I see that the glyph uppercase i - I is same as lowercase l. Why is it so? Why don't font designers add a differentiating factor between the two glyphs? This specially ...
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Smooth faceting of beveled/embossed text in Adobe InDesign?

I have been trying to achieve a text effect similar to this "Hobbit-Inspired" text but I keep getting this strange faceting that I can't seem to get rid of. I'm fairly new to InDesign (CS5) and am ...
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Strange type behaviours, some rounded letters seem larger

I have a weird thing happening with this font. It's Avenir. I've used it in the past with no issues, but this one seems to pop up once in awhile. The issue if not obvious is that some letters appear ...
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My Xylophone is off key; Understanding this kerning

I was playing a kerning game where the goal is to see if you can kern a word by eye and then compare your kerning with that of the designer. I was doing... ok. Until I got to: I kerned is as such: ...
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Can you read this logo as “D” in negative space?

I'm doing a project and I need a logo to represent directory. I would like to get some feedback. Does my icon deliver the message?
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Photoshop: Bend Anchor Points Around A Circle

I want to bend some text around a circle. I can just write the text on a path, but I want to keep the side that's not ON the path in a straight line. For example, look at these chalk letterings. The ...
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Help identify or find more examples of this font

I am attempting to either "revive" or find a particular font for a project, but seeing as I found it in an old book, I have only been able to find a few examples of its usage. Using the examples below,...
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Is there a standard height in lines for a drop cap?

There is a package in LaTeX called lettrine, which allows you to use a drop cap. You can check an example here I want to know how many lines of space should I give it for a one column technical ...
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How to create the letter 'A' without the central bar and apply a gradient overlay in Photoshop

I want to know how the A in this logo can be created in Photoshop and how the effects are applied. I found the font and other things. I am not able to create the character A without the central bar ...
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How can I fit as many letters into as tight of a space as possible in Illustrator

I have a text which I outlined and broke into individual objects. I want to fit this text into as tight a space as possible without overlapping, rotating or moving the letters around. The text doesn'...
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Giving a vector shape a rough edge without manipulating anchor points

I’m looking to give my very smooth vector drawing a hand-drawn style. When I say this, I don’t mean applying a texture over the top of the whole vector (like this). A technique that would produce ...
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How to: Line 3D effect?

How would one go about creating a lined 3D effect as shown in the image below?
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How to write distinctive letters?

This is more of a handwritten or drawing style question. Lets say I draw letters. How do I make letters and numbers distinct? For example the number 0 has a line through it as well as 7. If I looked ...
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How to create 3D extruded text?

I am pretty sure I'm not using the right terminology, but I'm trying to create the same effect in this image: Is there any way to do this in Illustrator? What is the proper terminology for that ...
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How do I create a solid line of uniform thickness inside of a letterform in Illustrator?

I've seen all sorts of headlines and ads that use this style a solid color section of type has a solid uniform line of a different color running through the exact middle of each letter. I've done all ...
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How do I delete the center of the letter A in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

I need the center of the letter A in Illustrator to be transparent so you can see the background underneath. Same with letter D, B, O, P, R. I imported a vector version of a word, and I am able to ...
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Why do some fonts make I, l, 1 look the same?

Why do some fonts make the I,l,1 characters look identical? There are fonts where they don't just look similar - they are the same exact pixel locations. Why were they ever created? I'm guessing ...
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Why do most comics have uppercase text in their balloons?

While it's well known in design that lowercase is easier to read.