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Lettering: From Sketch to Print

Nottingham Trent University
Course summary
10 weeks
387.50 GBP excl. VAT
Next available date: 06/10/2020 18:00 - Nottingham
Last application: 06/10/2020
Leisure / Fun Classes

Course description

Lettering: From Sketch to Print

This course will teach you all you need to know to start creating lettering projects in your own style.

During this practical, hands-on course you will explore the history of lettering.

After looking at some lettering examples out in the wild, you will practise the basics of calligraphy to start to understand how letter forms are created.

You will then work on a personal project based on a favourite line from a film or book, lyric from a song, quote or poem, using Adobe Illustrator to get your artwork ready for print.

This will then be produced as a final A3 poster, and you will be supplied with a file for future use or re-prints.

This course is ideal for beginners or designers who want to be more creative in their work.

On this course, you will:

  • be introduced to terminology and calligraphy basics
  • learn basic steps to start drawing letters
  • build up an understanding of drawing your own style letters
  • learn how to critique your own work and others to understand how to make corrections and develop
  • learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to speed up your workflow
  • use Adobe Photoshop to develop your lettering style.

What will you gain?

By the end of this course you should feel confident in experimenting and developing different lettering styles and using Adobe Creative Suite to digitise and improve your designs.

You will have developed a professional working practice, and have a good grounding in the history and theory of lettering.

Here are some of our previous attendee's work in progress:


Tutor profile: Paul Atchison is a graphic designer with over ten years’ experience in the design industry, working on a wide range of projects for print and digital including many logo and branding projects.

He’s spent the last four years studying hand lettering, calligraphy and custom type design.

He now uses this in his own logo designs and promotional work for clients as well as his own side projects.

Here are some of Paul's lettering projects:



Suitability - Who should attend?

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator knowledge is useful but not essential as the basics will be covered.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Ten weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 12

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