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Chalk Lettering

with Annica Lydenberg

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  •   02 Creating a Sketch and Adjusting in PS

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About The Class

Learn to create a typographic mural

A typographic mural uses words to produce a stunning and highly communicative piece of art. In Chalk Lettering, Annica Lydenberg will take you through the process of completing a large scale installation as she makes a chalk mural on-site at CreativeLive's San Francisco headquarters.

Besides being artistically gratifying, chalk lettering is an in-demand service that can bolster your client work. In Chalk Lettering you’ll learn the many ways to turn a small sketch or something you designed on the computer into a piece on a wall. Annica will discuss methods you can use to create temporary or long-lasting chalk murals and demonstrate freehand sketching and grid mapping. 

You’ll learn:

  • How to prepare your surface
  • Multiple options for transferring an image to a wall
  • Techniques for stylizing letter forms
  • The pros and cons of chalk, conte crayons and paint markers

Annica will help you develop a system for choosing type styles that work well together while enhancing the message of of your mural. She’ll also discuss the benefits of chalk and how practicing facilitates fine-tuning and makes murals less daunting.

Bending words into art, typographic murals are visual powerhouses. Watch one come to life and learn the techniques and process that go into making one in Chalk Lettering.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction - How to Develop Image

    03:28
  2. 02

    Creating a Sketch and Adjusting in PS

    Annica shares her “getting started” process and how she transfers her sketches into Adobe Photoshop.

    12:48
  3. 03

    Three Methods of Image Transfer

    14:47
  4. 04

    Your Tools: Chalk, Markers and Beyond

    18:47
  5. 05

    Chalk Lettering Mural in Action

    09:00

Meet Your Expert

Annica Lydenberg

Annica Lydenberg is a San Francisco and Brooklyn-based designer, illustrator and sign painter with a deep obsession with type as art.As a graphic designer she has been paying close attention to typography for many years focusing now on treating letters ... read more

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  • Manish Gupta

    August 2016

    Annica obviously has great talent, her method needs patience, truck loads of it. Of course, if you don't have patience, you should not purchase this course. This is a great course for someone starting off in chalk lettering. I would personally love to have a segment on the actual techniques used in photoshop to fine tune the chalk lettering done on paper/pencil. I especially loved the technique of doing it with paper pencil and just inverting it in photoshop. Overall, a great class. However, I felt, portions of the video could have been time lapsed ( like the wall mural segment) to save the students some time. Looking forward to seeing more from her.

  • Creativelive Student

    December 2016

    This isn't really a class to teach chalk lettering, but more of a tips and tricks class. The instructor is very talented and great at what she does, but this "class" is just watching her go through her process and what works for her. I am a complete novice and don't feel like I am any more capable of chalk lettering after taking this class. She did have great tips on testing your different types of chalk and lettering to be able to see the final results, which was a great tip. All in all I think it's great and interesting to watch someone who knows what they are doing. As for teaching me and advancing my abilities to learn and do chalk lettering it's not a good class for that.

  • Letter Shoppe

    Letter Shoppe

    January 2015

    What a great class! This was the best online education I was able to find on Chalk Lettering by far. Annica's approach is fresh and she does a wonderful job of showcasing her process in a easy and fun way. Highly recommended!

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