After the popularity of my first Instagram photo editing post on how to create white backgrounds using the free app Snapseed, I thought it would be appropriate to share more tips and tricks I’ve learned over the last 2 years since then. Most of these tips show you how to edit your photos to have crisp white background and bright saturated colours. For a general overview on how I create bright white backgrounds to my lettering photos, refer to the original post. Here, I will be giving solutions to the most common problems encountered when trying to create that nice white background in your Instagram photos using Snapseed.
If you’ve been following my Instagram and Facebook page for a while, you will have known that I shared some custom hand lettered pantry labels for The Creativity Exchange back in March. It was a huge hit and ever since, I’ve been getting lots of emails asking for more labels for items that weren’t on the original list. We’ve also created a few editable label sheets in case you don’t already own my Hokey Pokey font. However, this version of the font is a variant of the original.
When you first start off with brush lettering, you will probably write in a straight line, where all of your letters sit on the same baseline. As you progress further into brush lettering, you may see more ‘modern’ styles of brush lettering, where letters seem to bounce around. You want to imitate that. You’ve tried and tried, but something just doesn’t look right. How is it done, exactly?
Previously, I wrote a post covering my top three favourite brush pens of all time. Those brush pens however, may not be the best for those starting out with brush lettering (or brush calligraphy). When you start learning brush lettering, you don’t really want to fuss around with the brush pen you’re using. Rather, you want to focus on getting the letter forms correct and getting your thick and thin strokes in the right place. For this, you’ll need a brush pen that is flexible but still stiff enough to give you the control you’ll need when brush lettering. A well designed brush pen will have a tip that holds its shape; it flexes easily but still returns to its original shape for hairline upstrokes.
For the past year, I’ve been learning new tips and techniques to further improve my brush lettering. Through this journey, I’ve found some of the best brush pens to use for a beginner trying to learn brush lettering.
One of the things that really puzzled me when I first started out digitising my brush lettering was how people managed to layer it on top of images to use as watermarks. I knew that in order to do so, I had to make the background of my scanned brush lettering transparent.
One of the ways that I knew how to create transparency was to use the magic wand tool in photo editing programs. However, this was best done on brush lettering that had crisp lines and edges. Trying to keep the texture of my brush lettering when using the magic wand tool was almost impossible. With brush lettering, you often want to preserve the brush strokes, so I did some research. I then found the simplest way to create a transparent background using your scanned brush lettering, with just a few clicks of your mouse.
Here’s a little secret. I don’t own a single white table or have any white surfaces in my house. But I still take photos that have white backgrounds in them! How? I fake it! It’s no secret that everyone manipulates their Instagram photos to some extent, but honestly I’ll admit, I can never post a photo that hasn’t been edited in some shape or form. Let’s take the Watercolour Lettering Leaf that I created in my last blog post and use it in this example.
I know that it’s not autumn where I live, but I keep seeing all these gorgeous autumn colours all over my social media. Stepping on crunchy leaves is one of my favourite things to do! I decided that I would show you how to create this cute watercolour lettering leaf using autumn colours. Of course, you can replicate this using the colours of spring if you prefer. Mints and corals with yellows and other pastel colours would work for a spring themed leaf.
Brush lettering has become more and more popular in recent months. I’ve begun to notice many companies incorporating brush lettering in their magazine advertisements, shop windows and even in their logos. The free style of brush lettering script has made it a popular choice in new home designs and art prints everywhere (which of course, I love!). Now, if you were to try brush lettering at home, getting a brush pen is the first thing you’d want to do. However, the large variety of brush pens available for brush lettering can sometimes be very overwhelming for someone who has never tried it before. From my experience and many trials, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 brush pens that I love for brush lettering.
For a while now, I’ve wanted to change my desktop wallpaper to a brush lettering design that I’ve made myself. And finally, I have. I’ve also decided to share it with you guys, free to use. If you’re interested in these and want to see more free downloads, let me know. To save the image, right click>save image as. I’ve made two colours so you can switch between the two as you please