Illustrator and Hand Lettering Tutorial: Brush Calligraphy Using a Wacom Tablet | Hello Brio Studio

Interested in brush lettering? Get a free chapter of my e-book, Getting Started with Brush Lettering In the first paper to digital tutorial, I showed you how to scan or take a photo of your finished lettering work and convert it into vector graphics using Image Trace in Illustrator. Here's how to set up your Wacom Tablet for Illustrator to be able to have fun with brush pen lettering. (Click to tweet!) Now, first some primers. I just got the Wacom Tablet for my birthday (thanks, Mom and Dad!) so it is very new to me. Second, my favorite kind of brush lettering so far is with the dual ended Tombow Markers. I love them so much, in fact, that I created an Intro to Brush Lettering post with starter tips on how to practice, like how to get comfortable making thick-and-thin strokes. With all of that said, this post is going to focus on how to get a Tombow marker-like brush pen effect using the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet and Adobe Illustrator. A quick overview: I'm going to walk you through how to set up Illustrator and the express keys and then we can get to brush lettering! The 4 tools that can be set up as express keys on the tablet that are great for brush lettering in Illustrator are: the select tool (V), the brush tool (B), undo (CMD+Z) and the smooth tool. Out of the box, Illustrator isn't set up with a keyboard shortcut for the smooth tool, so we just need to set one up. Go to Edit → Keyboard Shortcuts… and scroll until you see Smooth. Click in the shortcut box and type your shortcut. You can set this shortcut for anything, I set mine at SHIFT+S, and overwrote another tool I don't use. Also, make sure your Paintbrush Tool Options are set so that you get a smoothed out line. With the brush tool selected, hit enter on your keyboard and set your Fidelity to 3 and Smoothness to 15%. I also have Keep Selected checked so that after I draw a stroke, I can easily switch to my Smooth tool and edit it on the spot. Just like in the Intro to Brush Lettering post, start by trying to make uniform strokes. Perfecting pressure using a regular brush pen takes a lot of practice, and so does this. While I'm definitely quite new at it (and use undo and smooth tools a lot), it's a fun process and if you're diligent about it, you can see yourself improve quickly. Here's a quick drawing and doodle I made using these brush pen settings in Illustrator, then dragged it into Photoshop to add a paper background and colors. Welcome to Hello Brio Studio, a blog created to learn how to digitize hand-drawn graphics, hand lettering, & calligraphy. Like what you see? Join the Hello Brio community to be notified of new tutorials, freebies, and products. Source.

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