Best Lettering Tools On a Budget

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There are so many great lettering tools, and I enjoy trying as many as I can! But art supplies can be expensive, and if you’re on a budget, that shouldn’t stop you from learning hand lettering! There are many great workarounds, as shown in this infographic.

Spend or Save? Lettering Infographic from Ray of Light Design

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.

Happy lettering! 🙂

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Fonts of the Month

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It’s time for this month’s free fonts!

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Here are my 5 picks for August:

 

Happy designing!

Fonts of the Month

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It’s time for this month’s free fonts!

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Here are my 5 picks for July:

Happy designing!

Fonts of the Month

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It’s time for this month’s free fonts!

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Here’s what’s up with my picks for June:

I know I’ve been kind of MIA lately, I hope to get back to posting more soon! I try to be active on Instagram and Twitter — I share my art as well as some drawing and lettering tutorials. At the moment, I’m also working on my 100 day project, you can check that out on IG/Twitter as well. 

Happy Summer!

Fonts of the Month

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It’s time for this month’s free fonts!

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Here are my 5 picks for May:

Happy designing!

Fonts of the Month

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It’s time for this month’s free fonts!

Fonts of the Month AprilHere’s what’s up with my picks for April:

  • Playlist, a fun, dry brush font. (It’s actually a set of 3 fonts, I only used the script one above!)
  • Lumberjack, a rugged typeface with four styles.
  • Stunning modern calligraphy font Aidan.
  • Sans serif Orkney.
  • Social Type is a font of social media and app icons, much like Socicon that I featured a while ago. However, this one has all of the icons in squares (lowercase) and circles (uppercase).

Happy Spring!

Oh Snap! Hand Lettering Process

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Sometimes hand lettering is simple and fast. Other times, it takes many steps to reach a finished, final piece.

1. Initial Sketch

This first step is usually best in pencil. The initial sketch is the time to map out your idea as best you can.

Took usedStaedtler Lead Holder

 

2. Ink

Inking is my personal least favorite step. I am not very good at getting consistent lines and using pen makes me nervous. If I am planning to digitize my design (whether it’s hand lettering or some other illustration), I usually skip this.

Tool usedSakura Pigma Micron

 

3. Digitize!

I personally like to import a photo of my design into Paper by 53 and trace over it. It’s true that I could have done the whole thing in the app, but I usually feel more comfortable creating an initial sketch with real pencil and paper.

Tool usedPaper and Pencil by 53

 

4. Vectorize

I imported the design I made in Paper into Adobe Illustrator and converted it into Vector artwork. Now I can easily overlay it on photos, change the color, etc. These examples were made using photos from Creative Market.


Download the Oh Snap Vector Art

You can download the free artwork here and make something with it yourself!


Hope you enjoyed seeing my hand lettering process! You are invited to follow me on social media to see more art. If you ever have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please talk to me via the contact page.

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