Vector With Me! Part 1
Let's solve the mystery of vectoring together!
Thinking back to when I was first learning how to vector lettering, I had to painfully sort through tutorials to figure out certain terms and concepts. It was overwhelming and I almost gave up because some resources were too hard to grasp through plain reading or a big snooze-fest to my brain! I don't know about you, but I think it's easier to learn by doing, even if I don't quite understand the concept or importance behind a certain process. I much rather just jump in and figure things out by trial and error, which is basically how I started lettering in the first place!
So with that said, instead of writing a comprehensive guide on EVERYTHING you need to know about vectoring, let's just start by drawing a couple letters in Adobe Illustrator! I made a vector worksheet as an .ai file and it contains 4 easy monoline letters for you to practice using the Pen Tool. If you're new to Adobe Illustrator, don't worry! This practice is meant for beginners and I have a How-To video below that goes through the process of vectoring the first letter. Pause or rewind the video anytime to follow along with the worksheet.
To grab the free worksheet (.AI file), click subscribe below and you'll receive an email with the download plus other goodies straight to your inbox! If you're already a subscriber, you can find the worksheet in our May 2020 Newsletter.
Once you have your download, check out the video below to watch me vector letter "A". If you need more guidance, the worksheet includes a step-by-step written instruction. Now let's open Illustrator and become BFFs with the Pen Tool!
If you enjoyed this practice, stay tuned! I'll be back with another vector worksheet and we'll break down the concept behind our vectoring process and why this method works. In the meantime, you can study the placement of the anchor points on my letterforms and try to vector your own monoline letters!