50 Hand Lettering Ideas! Easy Ways to Change Up Your Writing Style!


– Hello everyone, it’s Amanda. Welcome back to my channel. Today I am so pumped
because we are bringing back one of my favorite series. I mean, it never really
was an official series, but I did a couple videos a while back. I did one where I did 50-plus different bullet journal doodle ideas. I did different banner and header ideas. And today we are gonna be doing 50-plus different lettering enhancement ideas. I know. I’m super excited. I love lettering. I know you guys love
hand lettering as well. Some of you might be wondering what even are lettering enhancements. By lettering enhancements I mean stuff that you can add on to standard lettering or fonts just to kinda jazz it up, pack more of a punch,
add more of an impact, and it’s not so much,
like, lettering styles, although I guess it kind of is, but it’s just stuff that are universally (laughs) words, it’s little tricks that are universally applicable
to most styles of font, whether it’s cursive,
San Serif, bold font, capital fonts, you name it. The combinations are endless. So hopefully this video gives
you some sort of inspiration. Before we get into all the lettering fun, I’d like to thank today’s
sponsor Skillshare. Skillshare is super awesome and I’m gonna be talking a bit more about why they’re such
a great resource to have a bit later in the video. But without further ado, I’m sure you guys are
super eager to get started so let’s get right into it. Of course, we’re starting off
with my favorite category, the drop shadows. You guys know I’m a big
fan of the drop shadow. I add these onto everything. They’re just an easy way to
bump up your lettering style, whether it’s for cursive
or capital letters. This first one is what I like to call the floating drop shadow. As you can see, I just did a thin line on the right side of the letters and it’s not attached to the letters. Number two is a more
traditional drop shadow. So it’s like a thick black outline, but it’s all attached to the main letters and it looks like it’s just hovering off of the page a little bit. The next drop shadow is kind
of like a hollow drop shadow. It’s very similar to the floating one except this one it’s actually attached to the main lettering. If you picture a white, hollow version of whatever letters you’re doing and then move it a bit
down and to the right, that’s what that looks like to me. Number four takes me back to my childhood. It reminds me of when I used
to do block lettering as a kid. So you start off with whatever
lettering you start off with and then on every corner
you draw these little ticks all in the same direction and then once you draw lines
connecting all of those ticks you can see it ends up looking like these letters are blocks. I did a couple different
versions of these, so this one you can see I
did the exact same thing, drew the ticks, and
then connected them all except this time I actually
filled in those empty bits with some hatching. I followed the diagonal lines so they’re all in the same direction and it gives it more of a graphic look. I did a pretty similar
thing for number seven with the hatching and everything, except this time it actually didn’t have the black outline around the shadow. It gives it a bit more of an airy feel and still graphic, but
just a little different. So for number eight you’re gonna start off with the same floating
drop shadow as number one, except this time we’re
just going to repeat it a couple times and this
gives it more of a 3D look and the repeated lines are kind of cool and act as a little
emphasis on the letter. (pleasant music) Number nine is pretty
easy and self-explanatory. It’s the floating drop shadow
except the lines are dotted. Gives it more of a dainty,
airy feel to the lettering. (pleasant music) Number 10 is very similar
to the block lettering except this time you’re
going to pick a point at the top and then
connect all of the corners of the letters to that point. I roughly sketched this
in with pencil first before I used my fine liner and once you ink it all in it makes it look like you’re staring directly at these block letters and they’re going far
back into the perspective of that point. (pleasant music) If you want to play around with something more graphic and bold, you can do the same
type of block lettering except extend it out really, really long and then fill it in
black so that the shadow kind of makes up the
outline of the lettering. You can erase the pencil
lines for the lettering and it ends up looking really,
really dramatic (laughs). (pleasant music) Okay, so now we’re into the section that I like to call the inner line. It’s pretty self-explanatory as well. You just draw a line on the inside. I used white for this
one on top of a color, but you can do white on
black or you can also, like I’m showing you here, use black in line for hollow lettering. Number 14 I’m also drawing
lines on the inside of the lettering except I’m
doing it all on the top corners of letters so that it
looks like highlights. It makes it look like bubble letters. Moving onto the next category
which is the opposite of the inner line. We are doing an outer outline (laughs). I’m writing whatever word
and then I’m just creating a little bubble outline all around it. You can do the same thing but then repeat it a couple times so that it’s more fun and funky. Or you can do the outer outline and then add a drop
shadow to it if you want to get a little crazy. You know, start mixing
and matching things. That’s another thing with
all these lettering styles. You can mix and match a bunch of them and come up with cool combinations. You’ll see that I’m
actually gonna show you guys a bunch of the combinations. So I outlined the letters and then played around
with various drop shadows and it gives it a different look than if you were to only do a drop shadow. It makes it stand out a little bit more and, I don’t know, it’s fun to play around and see the difference
between the letters, how one line can make
such a huge difference. Number 20 is the hollow drop shadow with the outline. Number 21 is the hatched drop shadow and then number 22 is the
block letter drop shadow. But since I outlined the marker shape, it ended up looking a bit more jello-like, not really block-like,
which I actually kinda like the look of as well. (pleasant music) You can also flip it around and do the outline with the lighter color, so outside of your black outline. By the way, this blue color
just supposed to represent a lighter marker. All of these lettering styles use black, white, or some sort of color. For number 24 I’m doing
an outline of the letters except it’s a little offset, so it’s a bit lower and to the left. 25 is a dashed outline which makes it look like it’s a stitched on patch. Then similarly, number
26 is a dotted outline, but I actually played around
with putting the dots closer to the actual lettering. (pleasant music) This next one is really fun. I like to call it the confetti lettering. You’re gonna start off by doing some sort of hollow lettering, whether that’s cursive or capital letters, and then around the
outlines of the letters you’re just going to put a bunch of dots. It’s kind of like pointillism and you’re going to spread the dots out so that they burst
outwards from the letters and it makes it look really cool. We’ve made it to about
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my description box below you can get a free two-month trial. All right, so hopping back into number 28 we are going back to the inner lines. This one is a dashed line. I just forgot to do it in
the inner lines section but I thought I would throw it in anyways because this also makes it look like it’s kind of stitched in. Actually it looks kind of like a road, like a street, with the lines
that are marked on the street but that’s just ’cause I
chose to do black and white. Number 29 is pretty similar. It’s a dotted inner line except I only put the dots
on the thicker portions of the letters which tend
to be the down strokes. For number 30 I did larger inner dots and then I also added a drop shadow to make it look almost
like a marquee letter. I think that’s what it’s called. For number 31 I did a mix
of both the dashed lines and the dotted on the thicker portions and it adds a little bit
of an extra flourish. Kind of looks a little
elegant, in my opinion. These next two are pretty simple. It’s to fake having a brush pen if you don’t have a brush pen. You just add an extra line
on all of the down strokes and this works even if you’re
not doing cursive lettering as I’m showing you here. You can fill it in or leave it hollow. Whatever you want. The next couple of ideas
that I’m showing you are in the pattern category. So if you want to fill in some lettering with some cool patterns, you can pretty much fill it
in with any pattern you want. But the ones that I’m
showing you are diagonal, hatched, lined, you
can also do polka dots, stars, hearts, whatever
your heart desires. (pleasant music) For number 36 I did horizontal stripes except I didn’t go right
to the edge of the letters, so it gives it kind of a cool look. For 37 I went in with my white pen and did horizontal stripes as well except I made the stripes get in closer and closer
together towards the bottom so it made it look like it was faded out. This next one uses stripes as well except the stripes are
going in the direction of each stroke of the letters. So as you can see, whenever
there’s a vertical line I’m doing multiple vertical lines and whenever there’s a horizontal line I’m doing multiple
horizontal lines as well. For number 39 I’m adding
serifs to the letters. So serifs are those little ticks that you see me adding on
the ends of the letters. Wherever you see the end of a line, that’s where I add a little tick. I don’t know what else to call them. And then for number 40 I’m filling in some hollow letters halfway to give it a half full appearance. I’m doing a white inline but then at the bottom of the inline I’m actually going over it with the black and kind of disintegrating
some dots upwards so it looks like the inner
line is fading upward. 42, I’m using a darker marker
on top of the lighter marker and these both are kind
of like the ombre section. (pleasant music) This similar to the
confetti one we did earlier except this time the confetti
is only going towards one direction, so in my case
I’m going diagonally downwards. And it makes it look like a
pointillism drop shadow almost. These next two are what I
like to call emphasis lines. So the first one I’m following
the curves of the letters and throwing in a couple of these dashes and it make sit look like
the letters are moving. I also like to do this one where there’s, like, sun ray bursts from the corners of the letters. I think it’s really cute as well. Honestly, number 46 I really don’t like. At this point I was kind
of running out of ideas, but you can add little curly
cues onto your letters. Did not turn out as well as I thought but just an idea. Number 48 is another version of ombre except this time the ombre
is actually vertical lines. So I’m filling in the bottom solid and I’m doing a bunch of vertical lines and layering that so that
it looks like it’s fading into the darkness. Number 49 is the second last one and I’m adding white lines
wherever there’s an overlap, this way it looks like actually 3D and the strokes of the letters are going on top of each other. And then finally, number
50 is the last one. This one’s really hard to describe, but kind of made the
letters look like ribbons. So you’ll see that I added extra lines and then wherever those extra lines are I added shading as well so that it looks like the ribbon is going on top of each other and it looks more 3D. (pleasant music) All right, everyone. 50 different lettering enhancement ideas. I can’t believe we made it. It was definitely a lot but hopefully this helped
you out in some way, gave you some inspiration, especially for when you’re feeling a little creatively blocked. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that bell button and turn on notifications. You can also see some more art and lettering and calligraphy content from me over on my
Instagram @amandarachdoodles but anyways, I’m going to sign off now. Keep doodling and I will talk to you in the next video. Bye, everyone. (pleasant music)

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