Month of Sundays: Z

Thanks for following along with the Month of Sundays Drop Cap Project! For our twenty-sixth and final letter!

Drop Cap-Z

Month of Sundays Z Display

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 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 is a different color)
      • Sunday Best Fancy Shadow Strong
      • Sunday Best Fancy No Frills
      • Sunday Best Fancy Embellished Simple – 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. Z-1
  6. Next, apply a fill to the frame and round the corners by going to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners. Z-2
  7. Open up the Sunday Best Ornaments and Frames Illustrator file that came with Sunday Best. Toward the left, you’ll see some fleurons and centered ornaments. I chose this one: Z-3Copy this ornament and paste it into your drop cap Illustrator file. Place it under the drop cap, but over the frame with rounded corners. Z-4
  8. Next, select the frame again and 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 7 pt in the Horizontal Move field. Click OK. 
  9. Last, adjust the rounded corners of the bottom fill to be slightly smaller in diameter than the rounded corners of the top fill.Z-5
  10. 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.

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.

Thanks for following along with the Month of Sundays Drop Cap Project! It’s been a lot of fun! What will you make? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share what you’ve done with Sunday Best!

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.

One thought on “Month of Sundays: Z

  1. Terrific! It has been a pleasure to follow your Month of Sundays Drop Cap Project. Thanks for all the inspirations!


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