Month of Sundays: O

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

Drop Cap-O

Drop Cap Displays15

Creating the Letter

Requirements:

  • Adobe Illustrator (CS4+) and the Sunday Best Complete Family
  • Intermediate knowledge of Illustrator
  • Sunday Best Ornaments and Frames (this came with Sunday Best as an Illustrator file)
  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 Fancy Artisan.
  3. In the layer palette, duplicate the letter once in place. (File > Copy; File > Paste in Front) You should now have two identical layers with the same letter.
  4. Each layer is as follows, from bottom to top: (Each layer is a different color)
      • Sunday Best Fancy Shadow Sketch – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Fancy Artisan
  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. O-1
  6. In the Appearance palette, add one fill to the frame you just created and give it a fill color. Next, select the fill and go to Effect > Stylize > Scribble. Here are the settings I used: O-2
  7. After you’ve got your settings just the way you want them, go back to the appearance palette and duplicate the fill. O-3
  8. Now you’ve got two of the same fills. To achieve a colored or scribbled look, vary the fill color slightly and adjust the angle of the scribble on each one. 
  9. Open up the Sunday Best Ornaments and Frames Illustrator file that came with Sunday Best. Under “Fleurons,” find this tiny ornament: O-4Copy it to your drop cap file. Give it a fill color of your choice and put a copy of the fleuron in each corner. O-5
  10. Done!

Tips:

  • 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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