Month of Sundays: N

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

Drop Cap-NDrop Cap Displays14

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 Artisan.
  3. In the layer palette, duplicate the letter twice in place. (File > Copy; File > Paste in Front) You should now have three identical layers with the same letter.
  4. Each layer is as follows, from bottom to top: (Each type layer is a different color.)
      • Sunday Best Plain Shadow Woodcut – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Plain Shadow Artisan – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Plain Artisan
  5. Next, select the Shadow Woodcut type layer. In the Appearance palette, add two fills and make them each the same color. Select the bottom fill and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. I used 5 pt /0.0694 inches in the horizontal “Move” setting.J-2
  6. For 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. Apply a fill to it and roughen the shape by going to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen. I used these settings:K-4
  7. 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).

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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