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Hand-lettering – Fonts for Beginners to Trace

The beginning of hand-lettering journey, I started by tracing fonts to familiarize myself with typography. I started with the Learn Lettering course with Seanwes and did some other one’s as well. In…

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The beginning of hand-lettering journey, I started by tracing fonts to familiarize myself with typography. I started with the Learn Lettering course with Seanwes and did some other one’s as well.

In Learn Lettering, Sean McCabe suggested to trace fonts, and suggested some basic ones as well. I set out into the woods (you can do it from home) and started with Baskerville, Geogrotesque and Museo Slab.

If you are looking for fonts that have a hand-lettering style, that’s a different conversation but you can find those here.

 

Baskerville Typeface - Deliberate practice Sean Wes review, learn lettering

 

You can download the PDF’s here:

(Serif Font) Baskerville PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace

(Humanist Sans-serif) Geogrotesque PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace

(Slab Serif) Museo Slab PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace 

 

How to get started with tracing, copying and reproducing fonts from memory

As suggested I started by tracing the fonts from tracing paper, then moved to just looking at the font and copying it, then I did it from memory after a couple times through on the first two. Once I finished doing it from memory I went back and made notes for corrections so I remember where I got off the path. A couple times through on these and you might be ready for some more!

Restated in bullet points: 

  • Step One: Trace the fonts from tracing paper
  • Step Two: Move to just looking at the font and copying it
  • Step Three: Try to reproduce the font from memory
  • Step Four: Look back and make corrections
  • Rinse and repeat with a new font (come back to the other one later)

 

Hand-lettering-fonts-for-beginners-pdf-print-templates

The point of these templates is just to let you get started on the tracing quickly, you can choose your own fonts and lay them out in a way where you can trace them, and absorb their letter forms.

Next step templates:

The whole point of this is to start internalizing what good fonts do, so that you can evolve from there. Get a good script font and a couple other notably good fonts.  Here are PDF templates for some very good fonts that you can work with.

(Script font) Brand Pro PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace  

(Display / Slab Serif) Matchbook PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace  

(Display font) Charcuterie PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace 

Hand-lettering fonts for beginners -archer

(Slab Serif) Archer Bold PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace 

(Serif font) Playfair Display PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace 

(Sans-serif font) Gotham PDF Tracing Template – Hand-lettering fonts for beginner’s to trace 

 

Maybe start with a couple of these that you like and trace/copy/produce them from memory and correct several times before moving on to the next one. It’s more important to become intimate with a couple fonts than to move on and barely get to know 5 or 10.

 

 

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Luiza
Luiza
3 years ago

Found the content on Pinterest and its gold! Unfortunately, found 404 error when i tried to download the fonts 🙁

Tim Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Luiza

I think this should be fixed now – thanks for letting me know. We recently transferred domains!
Tim

Luiza
Luiza
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim Brown

You’re awesome!! Thanks!

James Daly
5 years ago

Thanks for making this post man, you make it very easy to get started. Beginning today!

Tim Brown
5 years ago
Reply to  James Daly

Thanks man! Have fun. It’s therapeutic 🙂

Claudia Willison / ImagesByCW

Good tip, thank you. May have to give that a try.

Tim Brown
Tim Brown
5 years ago

Happy to hear it! 🙂 Happy hand-lettering to you.

Tamara Temple
5 years ago

Happy Fountain Pen day! 😀

Tim Brown
5 years ago
Reply to  Tamara Temple

Thank you! 🙂

Tim Brown
Tim Brown
5 years ago
Reply to  Tamara Temple

Thank you Tamara!

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