Month of Sundays: W

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

Drop Cap-W

Drop Cap Displays23

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 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:
      • Sunday Best Fancy Illuminated – Stylistic Set 1
      • Sunday Best Fancy No Frills
      • Sunday Best Fancy Embellished Simple – Stylistic Set 1 W-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. With this simple frame selected, go to Object > Path > Offset Path and enter -16 pt. Offset this second frame again -2 pt. Now you have three square paths framing your drop cap. (I’ve changed the color of the No Frills layer for better visibility.)W-2
  6. First we’ll deal with the outer frame (Frame 1) – the largest one. Apply a fill to it and round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. W-4
  7. First, we’ll deal with the middle frame (Frame 2). In your layers palette, move this on top of both of the other frames. 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-1
  8. Copy 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 2. 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. If you double-click on the brush in the brush palette, you can change settings further, including the ability to adjust the size of the stroke. W-5
  9. Next, we’ll deal with the smallest frame (Frame 3), the one just slightly smaller in size than Frame 2.  (This should fall below Frame 2 in layer order.) Apply a fill to it and round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. W-6
  10. Finally, go back and select Frame 2. In the Appearance palette, add one more fill and make it a slightly darker color than the background. 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. Enter 1 pt/0.0139 inches in the Horizontal Move field and -1 pt/-0.0139 inches in the Vertical Move field. W-7
  11. 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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