Step-by-step example: explore freely the effects created by a digital calligraphic brush and discover the potential and pitfalls of the Photoshop tool.

Formal calligraphy

In Part One I emphasized the importance of the scale and proportions of letters and the way they are written by calligraphers using traditional methods and materials. In Part Two I introduced the techniques involved in informal script. Part Three looks at the techniques for formal calligraphy.

If you are fairly new to Photoshop, then guides and grids are something that you could easily overlook. In this example we will use Photoshop’s guides to help keep lettering regular in height and in a straight line, problems that you may have encountered in the previous exercise. If you are not a calligrapher, this will help you create formal calligraphic lettering using script typefaces as a guide.

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