Lettering: Create Spring Themed Designs

Intermediate level Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator

Create Spring themed collaged lettering in a snap! Together we’ll create a vintage-style logo illustration from open-source fonts and stock images to fit on current design trends.


Creating spring imagery

Step 1

Let’s start with a New Document in Adobe Illustrator and a fun, bold word. Use the Type Tool to write out something like "Adore" in a strong sans-serif like Bebas, which you can find in the attachment section. Lock the text object in your Layers panel. It’ll only be used as a guide for your final design.


Step 2

Next up we’re going to draw flowers and other springy imagery! Half circles make fantastic flowers. Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool and a circle with the Ellipse Tool. Overlap the two objects so the rectangle covers half of the circle and hit Minus Front in the Pathfinder panel. Expand the object and from here we can create a completed flower.


Step 3

A lot of our springy designs will be drawn with various drawing tools like the Paintbrush Tool, Blob Brush Tool, and Pencil Tool. Many of these tools allow for Fidelity settings. Typically I work with smoother brushes, though if you want your strokes and paths to adhere closer to the lines you’ve drawn, move the Fidelity settings closer to Accurate.


Step 4

Draw a curved line to create a stem. For the leaves of the flower you can freehand rounded teardrops on either side of the stem.


Step 5

Complete your flower design with some little circles and stamens on the top of the flower. Notice how the stamen are behind the flower’s head. Draw additional flower details with the Line Segment Tool and the Shaper Tool to quickly draw simple, perfect shapes as needed. Group together your flower design once you’re satisfied with it so you keep your document well oragnized.


Step 6

Let’s try another flower-making technique! Draw a circle and use the Direct Selection Tool to pull the top-most anchor point upward. Convert the anchor point from a curve to a point. Copy and Paste the teardrop shape twice. Rotate each copy so you form a cute and simple tulip.


Step 7

Unite the three tulip pieces in the Pathfinder panel. Round out the corners of teh tulip by selecting the flower with the Direct Selection Tool and pull the Live Corners inward slightly. Draw two leaves on either side of the flower and add some textured lines on the flower with the Paintbrush Tool.


Step 8

What would spring be without cute little birds? Teardrops, curved teardrops, and fun little shapes make birds easy! I drew this shape with the Pencil Tool and added details (feet, a beak, feathers) with the Paintbrush Tool. Keep your little bird designs simple. Group them together.


Step 9

Draw daisies, hearts, assorted flowers, stars, and other cute, springy designs. You’ll need a lot of them to fill up your letters!


Arranging elements within your composition

Step 1

As you create fun elements for your design, arrange them on your letters. You can draw emenets directly into the boundaries of your letters or Copy and Paste objects to create a quick repeated motif. Scale, Rotate, and Recolor objects in order to add variation while speeding up your design process.


Step 2

In order tos ee my designs better, I changed the fill color of the letters to a light taupe. With the Blob Brush Tool I can draw flowers, clouds, and all sorts of quick shapes. Speed up filling them in be selecting the inner path of the closed object with the Direct Selection Tool and deleting it. Instantly you’ll have a perfectly filled design!


Step 3

Draw elements that take up more space, like long curving vines and flower stems. Gather previously drawn elements within the letter boundaries so you know where else to begin filling in with other design pieces. Remember to keep Grouping together like-objects not only to keep your design organized, but also to make reproducing elements easier.


Draw little circles, butterflies, and textured details to fill in more space as well!


Step 4

To Recolor objects, select them and go to Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor Artwork. From here you’ll be able to click on each color within your object and replace them quickly and easily. Create simple variations in your repeated object motif by recoloring versus drawing the same element over and over again.


Step 5

Filling in each letter takes time. Have fun with it! Draw circles, arrows, birds, butterflies, vines, leaves, and more! Keep to a limited color palette in order to keep your design unified.


Step 6

As you draw design elements, hide the text group so you can see if your letter needs more elements in order to make it readable.


Step 7

In order to speed up the process of drawing over each letter in your word, Copy, Paste, Recolor, and Rearrange various elements of your design. Notice how below I’ve copied the entire "A" design and rearranged components of it to form the entire "D" design.

You also have the option to draw new elements for each and every letter within your word. It depends entirely on how much time you want to take to create your illustrated piece!


End result

Keep on creating spring-like drawings and doodles all over your letters. It can be time consuming, but with the techniques outlined above, your time will be cut in half compared to drawing everything out by hand! Enjoy!


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How to create Spring themed collaged lettering in a snap! Learn hot to create a vintage-style logo illustration to fit on current design trends.

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