How to turn your watercolors into fun cartoony letters using Illustrator

How to turn your watercolors into fun cartoony letters using Illustrator

Ever want to give your old lettering pieces a new fun life? Here is one way to do it. Follow this video tutorial and learn how to turn your old watercolor pieces into fun cartoony lettering that will brighten up your day.

Why should I vectorize my lettering?

Why should I vectorize my lettering?

Have you been lettering for a while now? Do you have drawers of lettering pieces at home and don't know what to do with them? I've got your answer right here.

Digitize and vectorize

The first step is to scan all your art because it's safer in the cloud than getting dusty and damaged just floating around your home. My kids love their markers and usually they end up scribbling on my art.

Then, vectorize using Illustrator. And why Illustrator is a whole other topic. Hint: It's more professional, hence why the pros use it. But why?

What's a vector anyway?

What's a vector anyway?

When you start hand lettering you may not even care that you can digitize it or do anything else with it. Because you're just doing it for fun. But if you want to start selling large prints, t-shirts, mugs or fonts, you will need to learn how to properly digitize your lettering. 

The best way, is to vectorize it

2 Lessons I learned after going back to a day job

2 Lessons I learned after going back to a day job

If you're a creative, and you're stuck at another job all day, I feel your pain. I can "literally" feel the energy being sucked out of me as soon as I step through the door. I hate it so much, I cringe, I scream in my head and count down the minutes I have left in the day. I've had plenty of jobs in my life, including this one, but boy, going from self employed, to this is just torture.

The Lettering Course: Is it right for me?

The Lettering Course: Is it right for me?

The Lettering Course launched, you're probably debating whether it's something you really need.

I get it.

There are plenty of free videos and info online that you can search for and learn on your own. After all, most of my lettering learning came from trial and error, but I did take a couple courses in the beginning just to get started and learn the basics,

How to move your letters in Photoshop

How to move your letters in Photoshop

Even run out of room on a sheet of paper?
Got your spacing totally wrong?
Or maybe you just need to move some splatters around.

Whatever the reason, sometimes you just want to grab a letter or a whole word, and move it to another place. Well, I'll show you just how easy it is to do in Photoshop.

Master pesky thick to thin transitions

Master pesky thick to thin transitions

Are you struggling to transition from thick downward stroke to thin curve? Then you need to work on your wrist control. Many people have this problem when they start practicing brush lettering, whether with a brush marker or thin brush pen. It can be even more difficult if you are using a very flexible tip.