50 Hand Lettering Ideas! Easy Ways to Change Up Your Writing Style!

- Hello everyone, it's Amanda.

Welcome back to my channel.

Today I am so pumped because we are bringing back

one of my favorite series.

I mean, it never really was an official series,

but I did a couple videos a while back.

I did one where I did 50-plus

different bullet journal doodle ideas.

I did different banner and header ideas.

And today we are gonna be doing 50-plus

different lettering enhancement ideas.

I know.

I'm super excited.

I love lettering.

I know you guys love hand lettering as well.

Some of you might be wondering

what even are lettering enhancements.

By lettering enhancements I mean stuff

that you can add on to standard lettering

or fonts just to kinda jazz it up,

pack more of a punch, add more of an impact,

and it's not so much, like, lettering styles,

although I guess it kind of is,

but it's just stuff that are universally

(laughs) words, it's little tricks

that are universally applicable to most styles of font,

whether it's cursive, San Serif, bold font,

capital fonts, you name it.

The combinations are endless.

So hopefully this video gives you some sort of inspiration.

Before we get into all the lettering fun,

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But without further ado,

I'm sure you guys are super eager to get started

so let's get right into it.

Of course, we're starting off with my favorite category,

the drop shadows.

You guys know I'm a big fan of the drop shadow.

I add these onto everything.

They're just an easy way to bump up your lettering style,

whether it's for cursive or capital letters.

This first one is what I like to call

the floating drop shadow.

As you can see, I just did a thin line

on the right side of the letters

and it's not attached to the letters.

Number two is a more traditional drop shadow.

So it's like a thick black outline,

but it's all attached to the main letters

and it looks like it's just hovering

off of the page a little bit.

The next drop shadow is kind of like a hollow drop shadow.

It's very similar to the floating one

except this one it's actually attached

to the main lettering.

If you picture a white, hollow version

of whatever letters you're doing

and then move it a bit down and to the right,

that's what that looks like to me.

Number four takes me back to my childhood.

It reminds me of when I used to do block lettering as a kid.

So you start off with whatever lettering you start off with

and then on every corner you draw these little ticks

all in the same direction

and then once you draw lines connecting all of those ticks

you can see it ends up looking

like these letters are blocks.

I did a couple different versions of these,

so this one you can see I did the exact same thing,

drew the ticks, and then connected them all

except this time I actually filled in those empty bits

with some hatching.

I followed the diagonal lines

so they're all in the same direction

and it gives it more of a graphic look.

I did a pretty similar thing for number seven

with the hatching and everything,

except this time it actually didn't have

the black outline around the shadow.

It gives it a bit more of an airy feel

and still graphic, but just a little different.

So for number eight you're gonna start off

with the same floating drop shadow as number one,

except this time we're just going to repeat it

a couple times and this gives it more of a 3D look

and the repeated lines are kind of cool

and act as a little emphasis on the letter.

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Number nine is pretty easy and self-explanatory.

It's the floating drop shadow except the lines are dotted.

Gives it more of a dainty, airy feel to the lettering.

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Number 10 is very similar to the block lettering

except this time you're going to pick a point

at the top and then connect all of the corners

of the letters to that point.

I roughly sketched this in with pencil first

before I used my fine liner

and once you ink it all in

it makes it look like you're staring

directly at these block letters

and they're going far back into the perspective

of that point.

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If you want to play around with something

more graphic and bold,

you can do the same type of block lettering

except extend it out really, really long

and then fill it in black so that the shadow

kind of makes up the outline of the lettering.

You can erase the pencil lines for the lettering

and it ends up looking really, really dramatic (laughs).

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Okay, so now we're into the section

that I like to call the inner line.

It's pretty self-explanatory as well.

You just draw a line on the inside.

I used white for this one on top of a color,

but you can do white on black or you can also,

like I'm showing you here,

use black in line for hollow lettering.

Number 14 I'm also drawing lines on the inside

of the lettering except I'm doing it all on the top corners

of letters so that it looks like highlights.

It makes it look like bubble letters.

Moving onto the next category which is the opposite

of the inner line.

We are doing an outer outline (laughs).

I'm writing whatever word and then I'm just creating

a little bubble outline all around it.

You can do the same thing

but then repeat it a couple times

so that it's more fun and funky.

Or you can do the outer outline

and then add a drop shadow to it if you want

to get a little crazy.

You know, start mixing and matching things.

That's another thing with all these lettering styles.

You can mix and match a bunch of them

and come up with cool combinations.

You'll see that I'm actually gonna show you guys

a bunch of the combinations.

So I outlined the letters

and then played around with various drop shadows

and it gives it a different look

than if you were to only do a drop shadow.

It makes it stand out a little bit more

and, I don't know, it's fun to play around

and see the difference between the letters,

how one line can make such a huge difference.

Number 20 is the hollow drop shadow

with the outline.

Number 21 is the hatched drop shadow

and then number 22 is the block letter drop shadow.

But since I outlined the marker shape,

it ended up looking a bit more jello-like,

not really block-like, which I actually kinda

like the look of as well.

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You can also flip it around

and do the outline with the lighter color,

so outside of your black outline.

By the way, this blue color just supposed to represent

a lighter marker.

All of these lettering styles use black,

white, or some sort of color.

For number 24 I'm doing an outline of the letters

except it's a little offset,

so it's a bit lower and to the left.

25 is a dashed outline which makes it look

like it's a stitched on patch.

Then similarly, number 26 is a dotted outline,

but I actually played around with putting the dots closer

to the actual lettering.

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This next one is really fun.

I like to call it the confetti lettering.

You're gonna start off

by doing some sort of hollow lettering,

whether that's cursive or capital letters,

and then around the outlines of the letters

you're just going to put a bunch of dots.

It's kind of like pointillism

and you're going to spread the dots out

so that they burst outwards from the letters

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All right, so hopping back into number 28

we are going back to the inner lines.

This one is a dashed line.

I just forgot to do it in the inner lines section

but I thought I would throw it in anyways

because this also makes it look

like it's kind of stitched in.

Actually it looks kind of like a road,

like a street, with the lines that are marked on the street

but that's just 'cause I chose to do black and white.

Number 29 is pretty similar.

It's a dotted inner line

except I only put the dots on the thicker portions

of the letters which tend to be the down strokes.

For number 30 I did larger inner dots

and then I also added a drop shadow

to make it look almost like a marquee letter.

I think that's what it's called.

For number 31 I did a mix of both the dashed lines

and the dotted on the thicker portions

and it adds a little bit of an extra flourish.

Kind of looks a little elegant, in my opinion.

These next two are pretty simple.

It's to fake having a brush pen

if you don't have a brush pen.

You just add an extra line on all of the down strokes

and this works even if you're not doing cursive lettering

as I'm showing you here.

You can fill it in or leave it hollow.

Whatever you want.

The next couple of ideas that I'm showing you

are in the pattern category.

So if you want to fill in some lettering

with some cool patterns,

you can pretty much fill it in with any pattern you want.

But the ones that I'm showing you are diagonal,

hatched, lined, you can also do polka dots,

stars, hearts, whatever your heart desires.

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For number 36 I did horizontal stripes

except I didn't go right to the edge of the letters,

so it gives it kind of a cool look.

For 37 I went in with my white pen

and did horizontal stripes as well

except I made the stripes

get in closer and closer together towards the bottom

so it made it look like it was faded out.

This next one uses stripes as well

except the stripes are going in the direction

of each stroke of the letters.

So as you can see, whenever there's a vertical line

I'm doing multiple vertical lines

and whenever there's a horizontal line

I'm doing multiple horizontal lines as well.

For number 39 I'm adding serifs to the letters.

So serifs are those little ticks

that you see me adding on the ends of the letters.

Wherever you see the end of a line,

that's where I add a little tick.

I don't know what else to call them.

And then for number 40 I'm filling

in some hollow letters halfway

to give it a half full appearance.

I'm doing a white inline

but then at the bottom of the inline

I'm actually going over it with the black

and kind of disintegrating some dots upwards

so it looks like the inner line is fading upward.

42, I'm using a darker marker on top of the lighter marker

and these both are kind of like the ombre section.

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This similar to the confetti one we did earlier

except this time the confetti is only going towards

one direction, so in my case I'm going diagonally downwards.

And it makes it look like a pointillism drop shadow almost.

These next two are what I like to call emphasis lines.

So the first one I'm following the curves of the letters

and throwing in a couple of these dashes

and it make sit look like the letters are moving.

I also like to do this one

where there's, like, sun ray bursts

from the corners of the letters.

I think it's really cute as well.

Honestly, number 46 I really don't like.

At this point I was kind of running out of ideas,

but you can add little curly cues onto your letters.

Did not turn out as well as I thought

but just an idea.

Number 48 is another version of ombre

except this time the ombre is actually vertical lines.

So I'm filling in the bottom solid

and I'm doing a bunch of vertical lines

and layering that so that it looks like it's fading

into the darkness.

Number 49 is the second last one

and I'm adding white lines wherever there's an overlap,

this way it looks like actually 3D

and the strokes of the letters

are going on top of each other.

And then finally, number 50 is the last one.

This one's really hard to describe,

but kind of made the letters look like ribbons.

So you'll see that I added extra lines

and then wherever those extra lines are

I added shading as well

so that it looks like the ribbon

is going on top of each other

and it looks more 3D.

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All right, everyone.

50 different lettering enhancement ideas.

I can't believe we made it.

It was definitely a lot

but hopefully this helped you out in some way,

gave you some inspiration,

especially for when you're feeling

a little creatively blocked.

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Keep doodling and I will talk to you

in the next video.

Bye, everyone.

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