How do we get our lettering to be good? Practice, practice, practice. I've known young designers who have copied the front page of the newspaper to practice.
Lettering comes in different sizes, or heights.
|What you're labeling||Size|
|Dimensions & Notes||1/8" tall|
|Set pieces & Page titles||3/16" tall|
|Show Titles (the most important)||1/4" tall|
Here are some guidelines for proper lettering:
|Use guidelines. Draw two very faint horizontal lines; a top and a bottom and then place your letters between them. The top of the letter touches the top line and the bottom touches the bottom line. It's ok to add style here. For example, the letter T. The bottom of my T's tend to drop down below the bottom line. Almost three times farther down past the line. You'll see in the example.|
|Keep track of you spacing. The letters shouldn't get to tight. However, some letters should be closer then others. For example, the word "AT." Look at the two letters, the A and the T. If you had the same spacing of AT as you had for the word "AN", it wouldn't look right. Check it out: AT AN. Take a close look. Doesn't it look like the A and the T should be closer? You can do this. Simply make the left wing of the T overhang the right side of the A.|
|Check your spelling. If you have to, type it on a computer and do a spell check. Then copy it to the drawing.|
|Remember that the drawing is just that; a drawing. The lettering is simply to clarify stuff on the drawing. Too much lettering can be distracting. A picture is worth a thousand words. Make the picture do the talking.|
I'll be scanning in a few examples soon.