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First Lesson in Pointed Pen Calligraphy from Copperplate to Contemporary is now available!

I am just thrilled to announce the first lesson in the series, Pointed Pen Calligraphy from Copperplate to Contemporary is now available in the Pointed Pen Nirvana section of the Tutorial Board. This section of the forum is free but is for members only. You must join to see this board and download the handouts which accompany the video.

This video is the first of many to come which will explore everything there is to know about learning pointed pen calligraphy. We will start off with the very basics covering supplies and basic strokes and move forward to learning entire alphabets and finally move on to varying and making your own contemporary calligraphy style.

I hope this is helpful! Would love to hear your feedback. If you haven’t signed up, now is the time to do it and get started! Hope to see you all in the forum!



Lesson 1: Pointed Pen Calligraphy from Copperplate to Contemporary


Tutorial: Calligraphy Invitation Layout in Photoshop

Yes, it’s another Photoshop tutorial! This one is a little more in depth in how to layout an invitation in Photoshop. It draws on the previous tutorial, “Preparing your Calligraphy for Printing.”

I hope you find it useful! Also coming soon, “Learning to Write Pointed Pen Calligraphy.” This series of tutorials, which will teach using a pointed pen from beginner to expert, will be for members only. It will cover both traditional Copperplate (Engrossers Script) as well as Contemporary (Modern) Calligraphy. So if you haven’t already, sign up!





Free Tutorial: Creating a Flourished Frame & Brush Preset with Calligraphy

I’m excited to announce this new tutorial on the forum. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use your own calligraphy flourishes (or the free ones provided in the forum) to create a flourished frame in Photoshop. You then learn how to turn this frame into a brush preset that you can use over and over again to create logos, gift tags, etc.

Free Tutorial: How to create a flourished frame and photoshop brush

Check it out and spread the word! Fun things are happening at the forum!





Our first FREE tutorial – Preparing Calligraphy for Printing!

I am really excited to announce our first FREE tutorial on the forum: Preparing Calligraphy for Printing. This 10 minute video gives the run down on how to prepare your calligraphy for either offset or letterpress printing. Including how to:

  • scan your calligraphy
  • do a threshold adjustment to convert to black and white
  • fix broken or weak lines
  • clean up unwanted pixels
  • remove the calligraphy from the background to its own layer
  • add easily changeable color to the calligraphy.

Check it out, let me know how you like it, and let me know if you have any questions on the forum.

Preparing Calligraphy for Printing - FREE Tutorial