lettering made simple
Creating professional looking signs, or
lettering on furniture and objects is simple. Follow the
example below, a sign for a brewery in San Francisco, and
create your own lettering for any project you undertake.
Know the size of your finished sign. Count the number of
letters, adding a number for each space between words.
Using your computer, type in the words, choose a font, and
size the letters appropriately. Use your printer to
produce the letters.
If your letters are large, don't worry about trying to fit
the whole word onto your sheet of paper. The letters can
be placed individually on the sign surface, and spaced
accordingly by eye.
Step 2: Align your letters. Measure the distance
from the top of your sign to the bottom of where you want
your lettering to sit on. This is called your 'baseline'.
Mark with a pencil or use tape. Do this on both sides of
Now that your base line points are set, use a straight
edge and create the guide line that the letters will sit
Step 3: Position the letters with tape, the bottom
of the letter sitting on the line. You can do letters
individually or whole words. This insures that the words
are all even and on a straight line.
that are rounded, i.e. O, U, S, C, G, and Q should overlap
the baseline a small amount. This is known as 'optical
adjusting' and the letters will appear to be on a straight
line with the other letters.
Step 4: Insert transfer
paper under the letters and trace over the letters.
This will leave an imprint on the sign surface.
Step 5: Artist acrylic paints can be used to paint
in the letters. Use the color of your choice, and simply
paint within the lines!
For exterior use, a coat of water based
varnish, such as
, can be applied over surface.