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Simple Methods for Custom Lettering

with Brandon Rike

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About The Class

Stylize your typography with Adobe Illustrator

You might be surprised to learn that you don’t need to know how to hand letter and draw to create rad custom typography. In fact, Brandon Rike – whose star-studded client list includes everyone from Pharrell to Madonna – creates his unique lettering almost exclusively in Illustrator. He’ll show you how its done in Simple Methods for Custom Lettering. 

Working with type is a huge part of graphic design and custom letterforms can be applied to just about every project you’ll work on. In this class, you’ll take an in-depth look at type and learn Brandon’s methods for customizing it to fit the project. 

You’ll learn about:

  • Matching the typeface to the mood of your project
  • Working with color, shape, and form
  • Customizing letterforms based on existing fonts
  • Improving your workflow

You’ll learn three methods for creating custom typography and how to differentiate between high and low-quality letterforms. Brandon will also teach his super efficient workflow, so your projects aren’t bogged down during the lettering process.

Both beginners and professionals will learn new ways of working in Adobe Illustrator to produce rockstar-quality custom type.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    So You Think You Can't Design Custom Lettering?

    36:31
  2. 02

    How to Treat Art as a Job

    Making money as a graphic designer requires drive and discipline – Brandon explains how he makes it happen.

    05:16
  3. 03

    Setup & Automate a Project

    05:52
  4. 04

    Dive in to the Creative: Brainstorming & Thumbnail Sketches

    05:00
  5. 05

    How To Gain Inspiration

    04:05
  6. 06

    How to Find a Motivator

    16:03
  7. 07

    Manipulate Existing Fonts

    19:51
  8. 08

    Manipulate Existing Fonts: Embellishing

    12:15
  9. 09

    Manipulate Existing Fonts: Adding a Drop Shadow

    08:16
  10. 10

    Illustrate Original Letterforms

    16:21
  11. 11

    Illustrate Original Letterforms: From Sketch to Illustrator

    08:32
  12. 12

    Illustrate Original Letterforms: Create Simple Shapes

    11:39
  13. 13

    Illustrate Original Letterforms: Discover the Pathfinder Palette

    35:04
  14. 14

    Illustrate Original Letterforms: Use the Offset Path Tool

    09:58
  15. 15

    Lettering By Hand

    04:38
  16. 16

    Lettering By Hand: Flare Tip Pen

    18:31
  17. 17

    Lettering By Hand: Sharpie

    11:57
  18. 18

    Lettering By Hand: Brush Pens

    18:08
  19. 19

    Lettering By Hand: Watercolor

    10:49
  20. 20

    Lettering By Hand: Working in Illustrator

    15:44
  21. 21

    Final Words of Advice

    03:43

Meet Your Expert

Brandon Rike

Brandon Rike is a freelance graphic artist making a living in the music industry. His midwestern hard work attitude comes through in his design aesthetic, placing importance on bold statement pieces that effectively communicate the intended message. Whether the medium ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    April 2015

    This was a great class to watch. Extremely informative and fun. It's great to see someone so passionate about they work.

  • Eric

    January 2018

    A great class that inspires a lot of confidence and shows off some very simple yet effective techniques to create great lettering.

  • Cory Kensinger

    February 2018

    Totally worth my time! I wasn't expecting Brandon to give such an impactful launch into this course. Brandon really gives you an insight into his life and his real experience as a designer, helping you not with just designing cool things but helping you set your mindset and expectations, pursuing this as a lifestyle and craft. I found lots of little workflow tricks that I will be using immediately. The only downside I found in this course was the speed Brandon teaches some concepts. I had to use the 15s rewind button a lot while taking this course. I know it's because Brandon is used to working fast, but I would have really appreciated a more paced explanation of something. For example, he used Option key a lot during the course of the class while using a Pathfinder function. That was one little thing that never got explained. After looking it up, I found it was for creating a compound shape while cutting the shape. Aside from that, one of the best design courses I've seen yet.

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