Cinema Lettering

A course by Ivan Castro
Graphic designer specialized in calligraphy and lettering. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2014
, Graphic designer specialized in calligraphy and lettering

Discover the expressive capacities of letters by designing a film poster

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (79)
  • 977 students
Cinema Lettering

Discover the expressive capacities of letters by designing a film poster

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (79)
  • 977 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (4h 6m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

If something fascinates Ivan Castro - a graphic designer specialized in calligraphy, lettering and typography - it is the expressive capacity of hand-made letters, a phenomenon that is especially striking in the case of film posters, since they are capable of counting great story in a single image.

In the same way that he teaches how to make calligraphy with a brush in Calligraphy and Rock'n'Roll , in this course he gets involved in the lettering to teach you how to build letters, to pay attention to their forms, to make compositions with them and to design a cinema poster in which the main characters are the words.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Fundamental principles of lettering
  • U3
    U3. How to make a movie poster
  • U4
    U4. Let's make a movie poster!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Ivan Castro will guide you when it comes to embarking on a lettering project. It will explain technical questions about the construction of the letter, composition, spacing and rhythm and analyze the expressive and communicative capacities of its forms.

It will help you explore a new world in the treatment of your lettering projects, encouraging you to experiment with finishes and simple techniques available to anyone.

Ivan will show you examples of relevant movie posters for their use of typography and you will study the composition of graphic elements. In addition, you will know first-hand the opinion of the Spanish film director Álex de la Iglesia on the importance of the cinematographic poster.

To finish, you will get into the creation of the poster of a movie of your choice. You will define the font styles, the placement of the elements, you will draw the definitive label and you will make the final composition with the help of an image editing program.

What is this course's project?

You will design the poster of your favorite movie with lettering as the main character.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Designers, illustrators and anyone with concerns about the communicative and expressive abilities of the forms of letters, as well as for moviegoers who want to design film posters based on lettering.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary, although it is advisable to have basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to carry out the final project.

In terms of materials, you will need pencils or pencils, erasers, markers of various thicknesses, a brush, paper, greaseproof paper or vegetable, a set of squares, a computer with an image editing program of your choice and a scanner or one camera of photos.


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Ivan Castro

A course by Ivan Castro

Graphic designer specialized in calligraphy and lettering

Ivan Castro's interest in the forms of letters manifests as a child; a passion that has become his work through calligraphy, typography and lettering. On this subject he has recently published the manual The ABC of Lettering , in which he explains the concepts and techniques necessary to master this discipline.

From his studio near Barcelona he works for clients from all over the world, an occupation that is compatible with teaching in schools like Elisava, BAU or Visions and conferences and workshops in different places.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Bibliography and references
    • materials
  • U2

    Fundamental principles of lettering

    • No idea of lettering
    • The expressiveness of the letter
    • Spacing and construction of letters 1
    • Spacing and construction of letters 2
    • Composition 1
    • Composition 2
    • Finishes
  • U3

    How to make a movie poster

    • Theory of walking around the house
    • Analysis of posters
    • Interview with Álex de la Iglesia
  • U4

    Let's make a movie poster!

    • We are going to choose a movie
    • Sketching our poster
    • Drawing the label
    • The final composition 1
    • The final composition 2
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Cinema lettering

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Cinema Lettering. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Ivan Castro

Cinema Lettering

A course by Ivan Castro
Graphic designer specialized in calligraphy and lettering. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined February 2014
  • 99% Positive reviews (79)
  • 977 students