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Introduction to Script Lettering

A course by Ximena Jiménez
Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined January 2016
, Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering

Get started in italics with a brush pen and create a unique composition

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (246)
  • 6182 students

Get started in italics with a brush pen and create a unique composition

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (246)
  • 6182 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 11m)
  • 10 additional resources (3 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

Broadening horizons within the framework of design and exploring the different disciplines is crucial in order to then focus on what you really want to achieve. Ximena Jiménez is a graphic designer who specialized in lettering until finally becoming freelance, creating graphic lettering solutions for a wide range of clients and formats.

In this online course, learn the basic foundations to start writing in italics. Practice with a brush pen until you gain ease and dynamism in your script and discover that by digitizing your composition, you can perfect it and give it those final touches that make your pieces shine.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Clarifying concepts
  • U3
    U3. The alphabet
  • U4
    U4. Lettering and composition
  • U5
    U5. Digitization
  • U6
    U6. Production, promotion and sale of the shirt
  • FP
    FP Final project
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As a brief introduction to the course, Ximena talks a little bit about her background, sharing a few of her key projects and how she got started in lettering. She also explains more about her process, what inspires her, and what her artistic references are beyond the world of letters.

Next, explore the difference between calligraphy, lettering, and typography, seeing what unites these 3 essentially different techniques. Now dive into the world of italics, exploring the most predominant styles and taking a tour of modern italics and its variations.

Ximena talks about her drawing process and the tools she uses at each stage, before explaining more about the brush pen and the various types on the market as well as how to write with one. Do some exercises to tackle concepts such as pressure along with thick, thin, straight, and curved strokes.

There's no better way to learn than by practicing, so, start with the “x box” (a concept that your teacher explains) and then move onto the alphabet. After practicing with straight letters and symbols, try some that contain curved strokes, and finally, those that require longer and more complex strokes.

Take a look at the design process from scratch, starting with composition, then the embellishments and the finishing touches.

Learn to digitize your letters and import them to Photoshop for adjustment and cleaning of any possible noise in the composition. Then export your composition to Illustrator and vectorize it, change the colors, and add textures with all the tools at your disposal to polish it off for unique results.

Once you're happy with your lettering piece, Ximena shows you a range of exciting applications for it. She also tells you about production, distribution, and sale of merchandise on social networks as well as low-cost stores and websites where you can upload your designs without having to worry about the sale yourself.

You now have all the skills, plus some handy tips and tricks, to illustrate a script lettering piece by bringing it to life on a physical plane and applying it to everyday garments.

What is this course's project?

Design the illustration of a short phrase, either in script or italics, to print on a T-shirt or other garment.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone wanting to take their first steps in the world of lettering and calligraphy or those who have some prior knowledge and want to boost their italics technique.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge of calligraphy, lettering, or drawing is required, although some basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is recommended for the final phase of the project.


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Ximena Jiménez

A course by Ximena Jiménez

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Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering

Ximena Jiménez is a graphic designer who specialized in lettering and calligraphy in Buenos Aires. She is currently based in Bogotá, where she works as a freelance lettering artist finding graphic solutions using letters, whether in the form of logos, murals, or clothing designs, to name just a few. Her most prominent clients include Facebook, Nescafé, Old Parr, and El Gourmet TV.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • What will we do in the course?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Clarifying concepts

    • Introduction to calligraphy with brushpen
    • My toolkit
    • Basic concepts about cursive letters
    • Calligraphy, lettering and typography
  • U3

    The alphabet

    • Open signs
    • Final signs
    • First signs
    • Box of X
  • U4

    Lettering and composition

    • Adjustments and refinement
    • Ornamentation
    • Composition
  • U5


    • Vectorization with image trace
    • Vectorization with pen
  • U6

    Production, promotion and sale of the shirt

    • Promotion and sale
    • Production
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to the lettering script

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Introduction to Script Lettering. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Ximena Jiménez Best seller

Introduction to Script Lettering

A course by Ximena Jiménez
Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined January 2016
  • 100% positive reviews (246)
  • 6182 students