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Painting the letter "M" in watercolour

How to make a coloured font you can really use!


February 18, 2020

Making a coloured font you can actually type with is a super simple process when you know how. And the results are great!

I’ve written before about the incredible ease of Fontself, but did you know that you can use the plugin to make an installable (and tapeable) coloured font? It’s easier than you might think.

If you’re not sure whether Fontself is for you, or you’re just looking for a beginner tutorial, make sure to check out my blog posts to help you through. But if you’re ready to experiment, get yourself a copy of Fontself (for 10% off!), and follow along!

Getting Started

Before you jump in to the heavy work, make sure that Fontself is installed and updated. This tutorial will work for both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, so feel free to use what you’re most confident and comfortable with.

Make Something Pretty

When making a coloured font, there’s really not much to consider besides “Does this look good to me?” I made my letterforms on individual sheets of paper, carefully painted with watercolour in blues and greens.

Painting the letter "M" in watercolour
Painting the letter “M” in watercolour

Once dry, each letter was scanned into the computer then colour adjusted in photoshop. Gotta make those colours look right!

Handpainted watercolour letters

Finally, I imported all the characters into the Fontself plugin. It’s really easy to set up, and does all the hard work for you. Then, simply save the font as a .ttf or .otf, install it on your computer, and you’re ready to start typing in your very own custom font!

If you’d like to download the font created in this tutorial, you can get it for free in my online shop!

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