Typography Design: Digitize Your Handwriting

A course by Cristóbal Henestrosa
Graphic Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined July 2019
, Graphic Designer

Discover how to turn your handwriting into a unique digital typeface that adds character and personal style to your writing pieces

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (2)
  • 182 students

Discover how to turn your handwriting into a unique digital typeface that adds character and personal style to your writing pieces



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (2)
  • 182 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 38m)
  • 25 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Alphabets can be as beautiful as works of art.
So believes graphic designer Cristóbal Henestrosa, who specializes in typography and book design. In this online course, he teaches you how to digitize your own handwriting to get a unique typeface.

Learn how to turn your personal handwriting into digital typography to fill your texts, letters, invitations, signatures, or any piece you write, with personality. Work through some exercises to practice writing the alphabet, vectorize your letters, and discover how to retouch spacing, kerning, and ligatures to get a totally original typeface.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. The writing process
  • U4
    U4. Use and refine the font
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know your teacher Cristóbal Henestrosa, who tells you about how he got started in the world of typography and shows you his influences from the world of graphic design and beyond.

Next, learn the differences between handwriting, calligraphy, lettering, and typography. Then, analyze your handwriting to decide if it is ready to become a digital typeface or needs some adjustments first. Do a few different exercises to practice writing the alphabet, numbers, and symbols.

All set! It's time to handwrite the text from which to extract your type. Then, scan it and choose the most suitable letters according to the criteria that Cristóbal lays out. Next up, vectorize each of the letters with Adobe Illustrator.

Transfer your letters to the Fontself extension and learn how to retouch some aspects such as spacing and kerning. Finally, install your typeface and tweak some details such as ligatures and alternate glyphs to achieve a completely unique and personal font.

What is this course's project?

Turn your handwriting into a digital typeface.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in using their own handwriting on the computer, whether for professional or personal tasks.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary to take this course.

As for materials, you need a pencil or pen, some white paper, and a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Fontself installed.


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Cristóbal Henestrosa

A course by Cristóbal Henestrosa

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Cristóbal Henestrosa specializes in typography and book design. He has developed font families for clients such as the Fondo de Cultura Económica, Librerías Gandhi, and the Federal Government of Mexico, some of which have won awards from the Type Directors Club and have been selected for the Latin American typography biennial Tipos Latinos.

He is the author of Espinosa. Rescate de una tipografía novohispana (Mexico, Designio, 2005) and co-author of Cómo crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla (Madrid, Tipo E, 2012), which has been translated into English, Polish, Portuguese, and Chinese. Since 2011 he has been teaching typography and type design at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the UNAM, as well as related subjects in diploma courses, specialties, and master's degrees in various institutions.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation

    • Preparing your sheets and your writing instrument
    • Analysis of your letter
    • Basic definitions
  • U3

    The writing process

    • From pixel to vector
    • Picking the best
    • Discovering our letter
  • U4

    Use and refine the font

    • From Illustrator to Fontself 2
    • Random font
    • Last details 2
    • Last details 1
    • Improving spacing
    • How to install the font and test it 2
    • How to install the font and test it 1
    • Spacing: prose 2
    • Spacing: prose 1
    • From Illustrator to Fontself 1
  • FP

    Final project

    • Typography Design: Digitize Your Handwriting

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Typography Design: Digitize Your Handwriting. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Cristóbal Henestrosa

Typography Design: Digitize Your Handwriting

A course by Cristóbal Henestrosa
Graphic Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined July 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (2)
  • 182 students