Dynamic Lettering Design: Mastering Composition and Layouts

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Course Description:

Embark on a journey with Shelby Abrahamsen to unlock the secrets of effective lettering composition and layout. This course is designed for enthusiasts eager to elevate their lettering art by mastering the fundamentals of design. Dive into the world of letter anatomy, explore various grid systems, and learn the nuances of kerning and spacing for visual harmony. Discover how to manipulate negative space and alignment for balanced creations, integrate decorative elements seamlessly, and establish a clear visual hierarchy that guides the viewer’s eye. With practical composing exercises and a comprehensive project, this class will ignite your passion for crafting impactful lettering that speaks volumes.

What You Will Learn:

  • The essentials of letter anatomy and their role in composition
  • How to utilize different grid types for structured designs
  • Techniques for achieving optimal kerning and spacing between letters
  • Strategies for using negative space and alignment to create balance
  • Ways to fill blank spaces with decorative elements without clutter
  • Methods to establish visual hierarchy for readability and emphasis
  • Adjustments to tailor letters perfectly within your compositions
  • Step-by-step guidance on centering words within shapes for harmony
  • Hands-on practice in composing a complete lettering piece from scratch

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Dot grid or square grid paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Lettering Composition & Layouts workbook
  • Digital lettering tools like an iPad Pro, Procreate, and an Apple Pencil (optional)


In this course, you’ll learn the basics of composing lettering art, but more importantly, you’ll learn how to create your own pieces in the future.

What’s In The Course?

  • 12 Videos
  • 1 Project
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 59 minutes

Meet Your Instructor:

Shelby Abrahamsen

Blogger at LittleCoffeeFox.com

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Avatar Lois D
Posted 1 week ago
Plan ahead!

You dont want to breeze through this course! It's a vital part of successful lettering. Shelby skillfully breaks down each step explaining the how and why about her process. Excellent courses!

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