Lettering with Illustrator for iPad

A course by Alejandro Solórzano
Designer and Lettering Artist. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined July 2016
, Designer and Lettering Artist

Learn how to use lettering as a tool for expression in Adobe Illustrator using an iPad and Apple Pencil

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 173 students

Learn how to use lettering as a tool for expression in Adobe Illustrator using an iPad and Apple Pencil

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 173 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 lessons (2h 21m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

If you want to use lettering to make a statement, then Alejandro Solórzano, better known as JansArts, is just the person to show you how. A design engineer and specialist in calligraphy and lettering, Alejandro has worked for international brands like Wacom, Adobe, Sabritas, and many more. In this course, heteaches his passion for using letters to empower a message using Adobe Illustrator, an iPad, and an Apple Pencil.

Learn how to create digital lettering pieces with unique messages, starting off with the sketching and design of the sentence, and moving on to digitizing vectors in Illustrator for iPad, applying effects, as well as some extras to take your composition to the next level.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Welcome aboard!
  • U2
    U2. Design intent
  • U3
    U3. Digital drawing: take your phrases to the next level
  • U4
    U4. Add personality to your design
  • U5
    U5. Turn your ideas into reality
  • FP
    FP Final Project
View details

Start by getting to know Alejandro Solórzano a little better as he talks about his studies, professional background, and how his true passion became his career. He also shares his main sources of inspiration as well as his greatest influences.

Then, learn more about lettering and the important role it plays. Pinpoint the message you want to represent and get started on the first steps in defining the look and feel of your composition by way of a mood board. Once that's all set, get to work on your sketch!

Move on to discover the advantages of using vectors for your project. Alejandro teaches you a technique for effectively arranging your words in a specific format and explains his creative process. He takes you on a tour of Adobe Illustrator for iPad and shows you the essential tools for digitizing your designs.

Once your composition is digitized, focus on creating your color palette using your mood board. Look at how to set your word among a range of backgrounds and surroundings and how to add depth and volume by playing around with lighting effects like glow, shadows, and gradients.

To finish, learn to scale, adjust, and export your composition, apply it to products, and then share it on social media.

What is this course's project?

Design a phrase that oozes personality and share it on social media.

Who is it for?

Designers, students, artists, illustrators, creatives, or anyone ready to learn to digitize their lettering in Illustrator for iPad.

What you need

Basic knowledge of calligraphy and lettering is essential for this course.

In terms of materials, you need an iPad that's compatible with Adobe Illustrator and an Apple Pencil.


173 Students
8 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Alejandro Solórzano

A course by Alejandro Solórzano

Designer and Lettering Artist

Alejandro Solórzano is a design engineer from Guadalajara, Mexico. He is passionate about using calligraphy and lettering as a method of expression. His curiosity for finding new ways of bringing ideas to life led him to discover all the different applications a design can have, turning his motivation into his profession.

He currently works as a freelancer for visual communication projects and has collaborated with brands such as Wacom, Adobe, AFAR, Sabritas, and many more.


  • U1

    Welcome aboard!

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Design intent

    • Lettering as a means of expression
    • Visual direction
    • Ideation and sketching
    • Brush Script
    • Tips for drawing letters
  • U3

    Digital drawing: take your phrases to the next level

    • Vector workflow
    • Vectorization Theory: Pen Tool 1
    • Vectorization Theory: Pen Tool 2
    • Curve smoothing and shape adjustment
  • U4

    Add personality to your design

    • Color application
    • Backgrounds and environment
    • Lighting and volume
    • Additional tools
  • U5

    Turn your ideas into reality

    • Image export for different media
    • Application in digital and physical media
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Lettering in Illustrator for iPad

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and an easy-to-follow method. You set your own timetable.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert instructors

    Each instructor teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Earn a certificate with every course

    Get a personalized certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate as you about creativity.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

  • The course is 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units, each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You will also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the instructor and other students, and share your work and your course project, thus creating a community around the course itself.

  • You can now redeem the course you received, just access redeeming page to enter your gift code and redeem it.

  • You'll get your personal certificate as soon as you complete the course. You can see all your certificates under the Certificates section in your profile. You can download your certificates in PDF and share the link online. Learn more about certificates

Lettering with Illustrator for iPad. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Alejandro Solórzano

Lettering with Illustrator for iPad

A course by Alejandro Solórzano
Designer and Lettering Artist. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined July 2016
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 173 students