Quickly add a handmade quality to your typography
Custom hand lettering has increased in popularity in recent years and is in great demand from clients. Creating the look by hand is a fantastic skill that one has to develop and refine for years. But a similar style can be created with a little bit of creativity and a good script font. In this tutorial Ill show you have to create a custom lettered look from an existing font in Adobe Illustrator.
For this example I chose a font called Wisdom Script (http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=wisdom_script). This is a fantastic script font that has a bit of vintage feel. At this point it looks good, but it doesnât have the custom touches that weâre after.
First up, I decreased the space between the âMâ and the âeâ. You can do this by selecting the Type Tool (T) and placing the cursor between the letters. Then hold the Option key on the keyboard and use the arrow keys to move the letters left or right. I also tilted the entire word a bit using the Rotate Tool (R). Then I expanded the type by clicking Object | Expand. This will allow us to edit the type as shapes instead of text.
I donât care for the swoosh on the capital âMâ, so I removed it to create our own custom swoosh. You can remove it using the Eraser Tool (Shift+E) or the Remove Anchor Point Tool (-). From there I drew my own swoosh with the Pencil Tool (N). I chose a stroke of 7.5 to match the width of the text. This will vary based on the point size you set for your type. Now Iâll place it on the stem of the âMâ.
I also want to remove the the smaller curl on the last leg of the âMâ to make room for our own custom swoosh/underline. I erased it with the Eraser Tool (Shift+E). I then drew the underline using the stroke width of 7.5 again with the Pencil Tool (N). I adjusted the curve a bit to line up perfectly.
I want to make the crossing of the âtâ longer over the double âooâ. To do that I used the Remove Anchor Point Tool (-) and deleted the small cross. Then I used the Pen Tool (P) to draw a much longer line. I used a smaller stroke of 5 for this path. Youâll want to make sure these lines are parallel and balanced with one another.
Now select all of the shapes and press Object | Expand to convert all of the paths to shapes. Then press the Unite button on the Pathfinder panel. This will combine all of the shapes into one.
This is looking good, but it doesnât feel quite as balanced as it should. To fix that, weâll use the Shear Tool, which is located in the pull out menu under the Scale Tool.
Click the word and use a corner handle to skew the image slightly to the right.
As a finishing touch, weâll need to align the ends of our new angles to match the angles of the type.
To do this, simply grab the Direct Selection Tool, and nudge the points at the end of the added shapes to align them. To help, I created some blue guides to show me the correct angle.
Hereâs a look at the final piece. I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create some faux lettering of your own!