Digital 3D Lettering with Mixed Media

A course by José Bernabé
Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist. Málaga, Spain.
Joined December 2012
, Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist

Create bold and colorful typographic compositions by combining the digital tools of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema 4D with painting techniques

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  • 112 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create bold and colorful typographic compositions by combining the digital tools of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Cinema 4D with painting techniques



  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 112 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 11 lessons (1h 16m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course


The art of lettering is where the written word comes to life through illustration. By combining illustration with typography, graphic designer and lettering artist José Bernabé has created striking lettering artwork for clients like Nike, adidas, Nickelodeon, and Old Spice.

In this course, José teaches you how to create striking lettering compositions using both digital tools and real acrylic paint. Learn how to create vibrant typographic artwork from scratch and apply your designs to an album cover mockup.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Mood Board and Sketching
  • U3
    U3. Working on Cinema 4D
  • U4
    U4. Final Touches
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet José, graphic designer, lettering artist, and your teacher for this course. He shares his creative journey that led him to work with clients like Nickelodeon. Hear about the artists and artwork that have inspired his designs.

Next, José guides you through a client brief and how to visualize a client’s needs by making a moodboard. Learn how to sketch the initial design on paper by making lettering compositions in capital letters. See how to import your sketch to Illustrator to give your design an organic look using the PaintBrush tool.

Then, José shows you how to import your vector lettering composition into Cinema 4D to create a 3D model using the Extrude and Volume tools. Learn how to incorporate lighting and other visual effects to your scene. José then shows you how to create striking textured material by mixing real acrylic paint and adding it to your digital 3D design before rendering it with Redshift.

To wrap up the course, learn how to add the final touches to your design in Photoshop. José shares with you his tips and advice on building a portfolio and sharing your work professionally.

What is this course's project?

Create a music album cover mockup with a 3D lettering composition and another central image.

Who is it for?

This course is great for artists, designers, or anyone interested in exploring digital lettering with mixed media.

What you need

Basic knowledge of Illustrator, Cinema 4D and Photoshop is required.

In terms of materials, you will need a computer or tablet with the mentioned software installed. To render the illustration, José uses Redshift, but you can use any other render engine. You will also need paper, a pen, a pencil and eraser, a paint palette, some acrylic paint, and a small spatula.


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José Bernabé

A course by José Bernabé

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Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist

José Bernabé is a Spanish graphic designer and lettering artist based in Málaga. After studying illustration in his hometown, Murcia, he began his career as a graphic designer, where he worked on logos, web design, illustration, and image editing. He went on to work at Philips Design in Amsterdam as well as the corporate advertising agency JWT Amsterdam.

Throughout his career, José has created artwork for brands like Nike, Adobe, Nickelodeon, adidas, Amazon, Unilever, Old Spice, KLM, Citroën, Nutricia, and Dalí Speakers, among others. His work has been published on Adobe, Inspiration Now, Design Taxi, TrendHunter, Photoshop Creative Magazine, Fahrenheit Magazine, Index Books, Betype, Graffica, and more. José has given workshops and lectures for Elements Talks (Warsaw), Festival de Antigua (Guatemala), Let’s Talk Design (Amsterdam) and Core 77 (New York).


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Mood Board and Sketching

    • Project Brief and Mood Board
    • Sketching the Composition on Paper
    • Moving to Illustrator
  • U3

    Working on Cinema 4D

    • Basic Modelling
    • Basic Lighting and Materials
    • Creating Textured Material Using Real Acrylic Paint
    • Applying Acrylic Material and Rendering
  • U4

    Final Touches

    • Final Touches in Photoshop and Album Cover Mock-up
    • Final Tips
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital 3D Lettering with Mixed Media

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Digital 3D Lettering with Mixed Media. A 3D, Animation, Calligraphy, and Typography course by José Bernabé

Digital 3D Lettering with Mixed Media

A course by José Bernabé
Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist. Málaga, Spain.
Joined December 2012
  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 112 students