Month of Sundays: T

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

Drop Cap-T
Drop Cap Displays20

Creating the Letter

Requirements:

  • Adobe Illustrator (CS4+) and the Sunday Best Complete Family
  • Intermediate knowledge of Illustrator and more specifically the pen tool
  • 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 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 Fancy Illuminated – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Fancy No Frills
      • Sunday Best Fancy Engraved
  5. Open up the Sunday Best Ornaments and Frames Illustrator file that came with Sunday Best. Toward the center, you’ll see several frames (located to the right of “Rules.”) I chose this one: T-1Copy this shape and paste it into your drop cap Illustrator file. Rotate it and place it where it frames the letter. GIve it a fill color of your choice, and make sure it is below the type layers in the layers palette. T-2
  6. With the frame selected, offset the path by going to Object > Path > Offset Path. Enter 3 pt and click OK. T-3On the pathfinder palette, click divide (bottom left) and give the group of paths a fill color. Isolate the inner frame from the group. T-4Delete rest of the paths. T-5
  7. Using the pen tool, add and subtract points until your inner frame looks exactly how you want it. T-6
  8. 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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One thought on “Month of Sundays: T

  1. This illustration is elegant as an illuminated script without appearing too formally fancy. Reminiscent of a miniature cameo.Lovely work!

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