Digital Lettering for Beginners

A course by Sindy Ethel
Designer specialized in lettering. New York, United States.
Joined December 2016
, Designer specialized in lettering

Learn how to draw stylish letters by using Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (167)
  • 3176 students

Learn how to draw stylish letters by using Photoshop and Illustrator

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (167)
  • 3176 students
  • 24 lessons (3h 42m)
  • 33 additional resources (16 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

If you want to learn how to make lettering digital but you don't know where to start, Sindy Ethel is the ideal professional to guide your first steps. For her, drawing has always been her main form of communication and as a designer, her typographic work and lettering have led her to collaborate with brands such as Coca-Cola, Google, Adobe, Baileys, Volkswagen or Pepsi.

In this course you will learn to draw various styles of letters with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, from sketch to final art.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basic principles
  • U3
    U3. Techniques for drawing letters digitally
  • U4
    U4. Creating a digital lettering project
  • U5
    U5. Finishing your project
  • U6
    U6. Publish your project
  • FP
    FP Final project
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First you will meet Sindy Ethel, who will tell you about his beginnings in lettering and his professional career in print and digital media, always keeping his personal projects as the ideal space for experimentation. In addition, he will share the work of different typography studios, friends, teachers and people who have inspired him.

You will know the difference between calligraphy, typography and lettering , areas that are interrelated and historically, one leads to the other. You will learn the basics of typography, the parts of a letter, typographical variables, types of contrasts, color, spacing and kerning .

Sindy will give you a brief introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and will give you some tips to configure your graphics tablet.

You will see in depth the digital techniques for drawing letters but first you will know the brushes panel ( brushes ) of Adobe Photoshop, how to create and customize them.

As part of your initiation, you will learn to create letters in different styles. First, from an existing typographic model, you will draw letters with serifs before moving on to the script . You will continue with something more complex that is to draw words observing the relationship between space, volume and style. The last step will be to illustrate simple elements about the letters you have drawn.

Then, with the help of Sindy, you will start your digital lettering . You will do a brief investigation, a mood board and define a color palette. Based on some composition tips, you will create the sketch of your project and also how to make variants to create the thumbnails .

You will discover how you must correctly vectorize the letters in Adobe Illustrator and also apply effects and textures on them. Finally, you will learn some ways to show the world your work in a professional manner and recommendations on what are the ideal platforms to do so.

What is this course's project?

You will make a poster with a unique lettering , applying all the knowledge learned during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To any enthusiast of letters who wants to learn how to make digital letters for their design, branding or personal projects.

Requirements and materials

The course is designed to start making digital lettering from scratch, so you won't need prior knowledge, although it would do you good to have an Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator base.

On the materials, it is necessary to have a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator installed and a graphics tablet.


3176 Students
167 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Sindy Ethel

A course by Sindy Ethel

Teacher Plus
Designer specialized in lettering

Native designer from Monterrey (Mexico) specialized in lettering and illustration. Her passion for drawing led her to study Graphic Design at the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Mexico).

He currently works for Hello Monday in New York (USA), has worked for brands such as Adobe, Google, Coca Cola, Pepsi or Volkswagen among others, and for agencies such as Grupo W and Vault49 in NY.


  • U1


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

    Basic principles

    • What is calligraphy, typography and lettering
    • Basic Typography Concepts
    • Color, spacing and kerning
    • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
    • Setting up the tablet
  • U3

    Techniques for drawing letters digitally

    • Brushes for digital lettering
    • Drawing from a typographic model
    • Drawing script letters
    • Drawing words
    • Illustration about letters
  • U4

    Creating a digital lettering project

    • Research and mood board
    • Color palette
    • Composition Tips
    • Sketching and creation of thumbnails P1
    • Sketching and creation of thumbnails P2
    • Refining the sketch
  • U5

    Finishing your project

    • Vectorization tips
    • Effects on letters
    • Final adjustments and self-criticism
  • U6

    Publish your project

    • Project Presentation
    • Tips to share your project in portfolio
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital Lettering for Beginners

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Digital Lettering for Beginners. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Sindy Ethel

Digital Lettering for Beginners

A course by Sindy Ethel
Designer specialized in lettering. New York, United States.
Joined December 2016
  • 96% positive reviews (167)
  • 3176 students