Illustrated Digital Lettering

A course by Birgit Palma
Illustrator and Lettering Artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2019
, Illustrator and Lettering Artist

Learn how to add depth and meaning to words using shapes, color, and volume

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  • 1611 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Illustrated Digital Lettering

Learn how to add depth and meaning to words using shapes, color, and volume

  • 100% Positive reviews (97)
  • 1611 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 Lessons (2h 19m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Illustrated lettering designs have the power to engulf the viewer into an imaginative rollercoaster, awakening their emotions through the multiple layers of meaning within each letter. Behind this imaginative artwork lies a structured methodology, research, and lots of playfulness, all of which can be learned in this course.

Birgit Palma—renowned artist specializing in type illustration—takes you to her own designer’s playground and shows you all the steps to creating unique illustrated lettering art.

Using her vast experience from working with major clients such as Adidas, Adobe US, Diesel, Hyundai, Coca-Cola, more, she shows you how to go from the initial ideation, to designing on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, right up to the best way to share it with clients and peers.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation and Research
  • U3
    U3. Working With Type
  • U4
    U4. Illustration: Transform Your Inspiration
  • U5
    U5. Sharing the Story
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Birgit, about her career so far, and how her flaws helped her shape her style, as well as the mentors and influences that inspire her work.

Start off by going over some basic design principles along with some references for each one. Get a deeper understanding of what modular type is, seeing how everything begins with simple geometric shapes. Birgit then shows you how to organize your workspace on Illustrator to work more efficiently, seeing some of her favorite tools along the way.

Choose the city you want to use for your project and do some research using Birgit’s insightful cues to collect the colors, shapes, and details that reflect your vision of the city. Turn your findings into inspiration with Birgit’s creative technique and begin working on the typeface design once you have your modular grid ready.

Play with dimensions until you decide on the one that works best for you and see how to generate abstraction using the reference images from your research, simplifying the elements to their essence. Once you have your elements ready, start to merge them with your type, finding a balance between playfulness and readability.

Add volume and details to your piece on Photoshop with some advanced tips to refine your work before applying your artwork to different mock-ups to showcase your work online and present it to clients. Finally, Birgit gives you some final suggestions on how to further your ideas and make the most out of your artwork.

What is this course's project?

Create a digital lettering illustration of a city of your choice for an editorial piece by learning how to merge typography and illustration, and learn how to prepare the files for your clients, as well as for your own portfolio.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for graphic designers and illustrators both professionals and students, who want to learn how to combine both digital lettering and illustration.

What you need

To take this course, you need basic graphic design skills, notions in Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop, as well as your creative spirit.

As for materials, you need loose paper and a pencil, a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and ideally a graphics tablet, although not mandatory.


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Birgit Palma

A course by Birgit Palma

Illustrator and Lettering Artist

Birgit Palma is passionate about illustration and a self-proclaimed lettering addict, who is based in Barcelona, Spain. After studying her Master’s in Design at the University of Salzburg, Austria, she went to New York for an internship at design studio Vault49, and then to Barcelona to work at Vasava, where she worked in lettering, illustration, and design.

Today, Birgit works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, working for clients such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Hyundai, Red Bull, Adobe, and many more.

When she’s not busy designing in her studio in Barcelona, she travels the world to teach workshops in type illustration in places like Guatemala, Germany, or Austria and has been lecturing at FH Salzburg and EINA Barcelona since 2016. Her work has been featured in Digital Design, DigitalArts, and Adobe Favs, among many more.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course?
  • U2

    Preparation and Research

    • The Design Principles
    • What Is a Modular Type?
    • Prepare Your Workspace in Illustrator
    • Helpful Shortcuts in Illustrator
    • VIP Illustrator Tools: Pathfinder & Blend Tools
    • Starting the Research
  • U3

    Working With Type

    • Turning Your Research Into Original Ideas
    • What Type Style Is Your City?
    • Create a Modular Grid
    • Color, Composition & Balance Your Artwork
  • U4

    Illustration: Transform Your Inspiration

    • Transform Your Inspiration
    • Start to Create Elements
    • Combine Illustration, Typography & Color
    • Dress up Your Modular Type: Attention to Detail
  • U5

    Sharing the Story

    • Final Recommendations
    • Round Up
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustrated Digital Lettering

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Illustrated Digital Lettering. A Illustration, Calligraphy, and Typography course by Birgit Palma

Illustrated Digital Lettering

A course by Birgit Palma
Illustrator and Lettering Artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined November 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (97)
  • 1611 students