Next, you’ll need graph paper to practice drawing your letters. This will help you maintain consistency. Pro-tip: You can find free graph paper on the
Once you have the right tools, see the tips below on the lettering process. For more advanced lettering instruction, check out the where you will find guidance on basic letterforms design.
Basic Hand-Lettering Tips:
When you are lettering, you are actually drawing the letterforms.
We included our lettering library below to give you ideas on what to include in your library. Also browse Pinterest and YouTube as lettering artists frequently publish their work on those sites. We recommend following , , and ’s Pinterest boards as they always post fantastic resources for inspiration.
Denise Bosler advises that “the best way to start [lettering] is by copying from existing typefaces to get to know the feel of the letterforms.” Trace popular typefaces, such as Helvetica, using the grid paper. Pay attention to the spacing, line heights and widths.
Once you have sketches of your lettering, refine until the letters follow the typographic rules. Refining might take several tries. This is why you need an eraser nearby as you’ll use it often.