Month of Sundays: R

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

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Creating the Letter


  • 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 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: (Each type layer is a different color.)
      • Sunday Best Fancy Shadow Woodcut – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Fancy Artisan
      • Sunday Best Fancy Artisan – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Fancy Embellished Jeweled – Stylistic Set 1
  5. Next, select the Embellished Jeweled type layer. In the Appearance palette, add two fills and make them each a different color. The top fill is the main color and the bottom fill will act as a shadow. Select the bottom fill and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Here are my settings: R-1
  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. With this simple frame selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter -11pt. Now you have two square paths framing your drop cap. R-2
  7. First we’ll deal with the outer frame (Frame 1) – the largest one. 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:B-1Copy 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 Frame 1. 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 2 pt. If you double-click on the brush in the brush palette, you can change settings further. R-3
  8. Next, we’ll deal with the inner frame (Frame 2), the one just slightly smaller in size. Apply a fill and stroke to it in your desired color.
  9. Play with opacity settings until you’re satisfied. 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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