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BIG NEWS GUYS - I'm PUMPED about this one.
A bit ago, Skillshare reached out and asked if I could teach a class on their platform.
What? Mind blown! So I said yes, and my class on how to Create your Own Hand Drawn Font is live!
It was a bit of a bumpy ride in the decision making process, but now that I'm done I don't know why I even hesitated. I had SO much fun planning, recording, and editing the videos, and when the class finally went live I was so excited. And then I bombarded social media.
Anyway, enough about me. So, I've talked a lot about how to create your own font here on the blog, trying to cram in a lot of stuff into one post, referencing other posts where I could. But, in my new Skillshare class, everything is wrapped up in one nice little bundle.
Also, the class is under an hour long. My friend Amber recently told me that an hour is just 4% of your day. So if you've always wanted to learn how to create your own font, and you have 4% of your day to spare, hop on over and take the class!
About the Class
Love typography? Have you always wanted to design your own typeface? Guess what: you don't have to be an expert to create your own font. Learn how designer and illustrator Jennifer Coyle of Hello Brio Studio (that's me!) creates hand drawn fonts. In this 50-minute class, you’ll learn all the steps of font-making from sketching to digitizing. By the end, you’ll have a personalized all-caps font that you love.
In this class, you'll learn first and foremost that when you're creating your own font, it doesn't have to be perfect to be awesome.
I will take you through the entire process of hand drawn font creation, from brainstorming to sketching, then from digitizing in Photoshop and Illustrator to plugging in your letterforms into Glyphs App. I'll teach a lot of time-saving tips and tricks that will allow you to create your own all-caps font in no time.
- Learn where to start when brainstorming letter styles
- Find font inspiration from what you already know
- Typography anatomy basics and what goes into making a cohesive typeface
- Best practices for sketching and inking your hand lettering
- Digitize your artwork quickly using Photoshop and Illustrator
- Use how to use Glyphs Mini App
- Export and create your all-caps desktop font!
This course was created with designers in mind. But even if you aren't a Photoshop or Illustrator expert, you will be able to follow along and learn all of my tricks. No matter what - the main purpose is to inspire you to create your own font and make it your own!
Create an all-caps font by transforming your hand lettering or handwriting into a working desktop font.
This assignment will cover a multitude of helpful lettering techniques like typography basics, letterform brainstorming, and taking your designs from paper to digital. You can create a font that is for you or for a client.
Here are the tools you will need for this class. Please keep in mind that Glyphs App is available for Mac only.
- Paper or graph paper
- Pencil and black pen and marker
- Eraser and ruler
- Scanner (not mandatory but highly recommended)
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Glyphs App or Glyphs Mini App (get a free trial here) - Mac only
So yeah. If you've always wanted to create your own font but never knew where to start, this class is for you. Thanks for letting me spew excitement all over the page.