Month of Sundays: F

Thanks for following along with the Month of Sundays Drop Cap Project! For our sixth installment:

Drop Cap-F

Drop Cap Displays6

Creating the Letter


  1. Create a new document in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Using the type tool, create your letter. Choose a color and make the font Sunday Best Plain No Frills.
  3. In the layer palette, duplicate the letter three times in place. (File > Copy; File > Paste in Front) You should now have four identical layers with the same letter.
  4. Each layer is as follows, from bottom to top:
      • Sunday Best Plain Shadow Woodcut – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Plain Shadow Strong
      • Sunday Best Plain No Frills
      • Sunday Best Plain Embellished Inset – Stylistic Set 1
  5. To create the frame: select the rectangle tool, and starting in the middle of your drop cap, draw a square around it so that it is centered. F-1
  6. In the Appearance palette, add two fills to the frame you just created and make them each a different color. The top fill is the main color and the bottom fill will act as a shadow. F-1a
  7. Select the frame in the layer palette and round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. F-2
  8. Select the bottom fill in the appearance palette and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. In the Horizontal field, I put 5 pt (0.0694 in). F-3
  9. Done!


  • Use the OpenType palette (Window > Type > Opentype) to enable Stylistic Sets/Alternates.

OpenType SA

  • Another way to do this is to use the Glyphs palette (Window > Type > Glyphs).
  • The appearance palette is a very convenient place to “store” all of your text, fill, and stroke effects. It keeps all your effects and text organized and editable. You can even save appearances as styles to use in the future by using your styles palette.

Thanks for following along! If you want, you can download the drop cap as a high-resolution PNG file. Sunday Best will be on sale on Etsy for a limited time! Enter coupon code SUNDAYBEST65 at checkout until August 1, 2014 to purchase Sunday Best for 65% off.

You can also check out Sunday Best on Creative Market, $25 until May 1, 2014.

All placeholder text is taken from the King James Version of the Bible and represents my personal beliefs. Lorem ipsum, while the industry standard, does not. This downloadable drop cap is covered under the Ornaments of Grace Basic EULA.

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