Month of Sundays: X

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

Drop Cap-X

Drop Cap Displays24

Creating the Letter


  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 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 layer is a different color)
    • Sunday Best Fancy Shadow Woodcut – Stylistic Set 1
    • Sunday Best Fancy Shadow 3D – Stylistic Set 1
    • Sunday Best Fancy No Frills
    • Sunday Best Fancy Embellished Delicate – Stylistic Set 1
  5. Expand the Shadow 3D layer (Right click > Create Outlines.) Using the pathfinder palette, choose divide. Choose colors for the shadow path and the inner letter shape, and delete the rest of the paths created by the divide function. (For the screenshot, I’ve hidden the other type layers.) X-1
  6. Next, select the Shadow Woodcut type layer. In the Appearance palette, add two fills and make them each the same color. Select the bottom fill and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. I used 5 pt /0.0694 inches in the horizontal “Move” setting.J-2X-2
  7. 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.X-3
  8. Next, apply a fill to the frame and round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. X-4
  9. Next, in the appearance palette, duplicate the fill. Make the bottom fill a different color. Select the bottom fill and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter 5 pt in the Horizontal Move field and -5 pt in the Vertical Move field. Click OK.
  10. Last, adjust the rounded corners of the bottom fill to be slightly larger in diameter than the rounded corners of the top fill. X-5
  11. 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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