Month of Sundays: P

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

Drop Cap-PDrop Cap Displays16

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 Plain No Frills.
  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 Simple – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Plain No Frills
      • Sunday Best Plain Embellished Inset – Stylistic Set 1
  5. 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. P-1
  6. Open up the Sunday Best Ornaments and Frames Illustrator file that came with Sunday Best. On the very far right, you’ll see several pattern brushes. I chose this one: P-2Copy this shape with the brush applied and paste it into your drop cap Illustrator file. Now the brush will appear in your brushes palette. Apply this brush to the frame. You can change the color of the brush by changing the color of the stroke of your outer frame, and you can adjust the size of the brush by changing the stroke size. I made my stroke size 1.5 pt. If you double-click on the brush in the brush palette, you can change settings further. P-3
  7. Next, select the frame with the brush applied and go to Object > Expand. Make sure “object” is selected, and click OK. The brush is now converted to paths. You can now color different parts of the brush individually. 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).

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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