There it is, the calendar I designed in the past weekend with the patterns I made over the past few months. Originally, it was going to be only a present for my dad, but I ended up printing many more sets for my friends, as a way to wish them a Happy New Year in a special way. I enjoyed a lot the process of making this calendar, and I might work on an English version in order to sell it in my Etsy shop. I would love to know if some of you would be interested!
Now that the rush of before the holidays have passed, I finally have some more time to put myself at my desk and draw, without feeling guilty because some revisions are waiting for a client.Later today I am going to print a calendar that I decided to make this weekend for my dad, with some patterns you might have seen here on the blog or on my website. I can't wait to see it printed! It is always a great pleasure to see the stuff you make printed instead of on a screen. But in the meantime, I wanted to show you the hand lettering I made from a quote from Carl Sagan. His words always make me feel so small, but so important at the same time. It is difficult to explain without sounding corny! In a near future, I would like to hand letter more quotes from him and make a sort of series. I feel like his words resonate very loud today, even if he pronounced them some 20 years ago. Maybe this series would expand his work and make them remembered. Enough words though for now, but I just wanted to explain a bit my thoughts and how i came to choose this quote and not another one. It is so easy now to get a bit lost in this visual culture without paying attention to what's behind. There's Instagram for that. But for my blog, I want a bit more.
A few weeks ago, Self Magazine contacted me to make a custom hand lettering. The January issue is going to be published on December 24th, but i wanted to share a sneak peak of one of the proposals I made. Within one week or so, I will post the final lettering as well as some more proposals I did! I can't wait to receive the issue!
As promised, I am going to share here the steps I followed to create the December poster I shared here yesterday. It is quite easy, really! Here we go: Here is my original drawing of leaves:
First, we will have to remove the white background in order to place the dark background instead. Before anything, make sure your 'background' layer is unlocked by double-clicking on it!
To easily remove the white background, go to Select > Color Range and click on the white, or color you want to remove. Play around with the 'fuzziness' tool. You are seeing the result at the same time in the window, but basically, the more you move the arrow to the left, the more black pixels you will leave visible. And the more you move the arrow to the right, the more black pixels it will remove. If your background is pretty clean and your blacks are quite deep, place the arrow around the middle (i placed it on 75) and you should be fine!
Then Press OK, and you see the white is now selected. Press the delete key and you will have your leaves on a transparent background!
The next step is to reorganize your leaves as you wish (I drew the words 'bonjour décembre directly in Photoshop with my graphic tablet, so i could directly select the color):
The next step is to find a nice and dark paper texture. I found a nice white paper texture here, and I am just going to tweak it a bit to make it dark. As I open the number 11 of the pack, I realize there is not enough texture for me, so i am playing a bit with the levels (CMD+L or CTRL+L) to boost the blacks:
Then, double-click on your layer to add a layer-style (I added a 'color overlay' layer-style with a dark grey on multiply:
Tadaaa, there you have a nice deep dark paper texture background. Bring your dark paper texture to your other open document with the leaves, rotate it and place it to the background.
Next step is to find a great gold foil texture, here is mine from myfreetextures, but there are loads more:
Place your gold foil texture in your open document, underneath the leaves and words:
Now Last but not least, select the leaves and the words by pressing CMD+click on the layer's thumbnail (add a selection by pressing SHIFT + CMD and click on the layer's thumbnail). Once you have selected everything you want, go to your shiny golden layer and press the 'add vector mask' button! Don't forget to delete or hide your words/leaves layers, since they were placed on top.
There you go!
I hope you liked it! Don't hesitate if you have any question!
Bring on the most festive month of the year! I have made some try outs with a Photoshop montage of a gold foil effect, what do you think? Tomorrow here, I will explain how I did this in a few steps!