How to Create Your Own Custom Fonts Part Two
Visual designers have access to a plethora of new and affordable design tools. Touchscreen devices and advanced styluses like the Apple pencil make capturing ideas and moving to a digital workflow easier than ever.
Photoshop — Used to manipulate typefaces and create layered refinement sketches.
Illustrator — Used to vector trace final refinement sketches and quickly add elements of style like colors, gradients, textures, patterns, etc.
Drawing Tablet — Used for digital drawing within Photoshop.
Papyrus is a widely available typeface designed by Chris Costello, a graphic designer, illustrator, and web designer. Created in 1982, it was hand-drawn over a period of six months by means of calligraphy pen and textured paper. Papyrus has a number of distinctive characteristics, including rough edges, irregular curves, and high horizontal strokes in the capitals.
1. Review Typeface
In Photoshop, choose a typeface, type the business name you need for your logotype, and quickly examine each letter to get a feel for design possibilities like scale, proportion, letter weight, etc.
Using your drawing tablet, make a loose sketch of your logotype. No need to be exact here.
Just sketch something quick and easy to serve as a skeleton for your design.
3. Distort Typeface
Using your selected typeface, scale, stretch, skew, and squish each letter over the top of your ideation sketch. No need to make things perfect on this step. You’ll refine it later on, so just keep going.
You can use the steps above to create your own beautiful sticker printing too!