Hand lettering is the visual art of writing. And who knew letters could be so beautiful? Magical stories unfold as artists craft each letter by hand with incredible purpose and precision. From the spacing between letters to the artful loops of calligraphic flourishes, hand lettering is a fascinating science of both expression and communication.
Even with the take over of technology today, modern creatives still harness the beauty of ancient hand lettering techniques for their exquisite designs.
And Instagram is the perfect place to find your favorite letterers! Show some love to these talented artists and find more inspiration below.
Want to try out hand lettering for yourself? Check out this selection of tutorials from Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration.
Learn the Essentials
There is purpose to every flick of the pen in calligraphy. Grasp the fundamentals with these informative learning guides.
Sharpen your hand lettering skills by exploring various types of typography. Learn the difference between serif and sans-serif letterforms in this great read.
What’s the best way to approach your letterforms? Explore the secrets of drawing complex letters while brushing up on important typography terms.
Make your hand lettering designs more unique! Dive into the technical aspects of developing style to make the most out of your practice.
Having a hard time vectoring typography? Break through your creative block with this helpful tutorial.
Beginner Hand Lettering Tutorials
Practice with our experts! Enjoy this selection of hand lettering tutorials perfect for any calligraphy newbie.
One of the prettiest elements of hand lettering are the elegant calligraphic flourishes. Tackle them yourself with this step-by-step lesson.
Now that you have a little more experience under you belt, challenge yourself with a new hand lettering project! Learn everything you need to know to perfect your first font.
Need some inspiration? Try your hand at this lettering logo tutorial to put your new found skills to the test!
Go digital with your hand lettering skills! Learn how to create a vibrant, housewarming poster in this Adobe Photoshop tutorial.
Looking for a new tattoo design? Create a stunning, nautical-themed alphabet with this fun lesson!
One of the best ways designers can learn about hand lettering is by working with Adobe Illustrator. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a balanced, typographic composition.
In Depth Courses & Resources
Need an in-depth look at the art of hand lettering? Head on over to our amazing selection of video courses over on Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration. Or take a break and upgrade your creative arsenal with goodies from Envato Market and Envato Elements.
In this course, instructor Megan Eckman shows you how to create one of the most beautiful and difficult fonts, the Blackletter Script. Practice along with her in these step-by-step video tutorials to learn valuable lessons.
Step up your lettering game with this course! In less than an hour, instructor Scott Biersack will show you the ins and outs to basic script lettering. Master these techniques to enjoy brilliant hand lettering designs!
Custom fonts are gorgeous, but super hard to make! So before you go, take a gander at this stunning collection of premium fonts while learning industry trends! Enjoy beautiful typefaces with authentic, handmade letters.