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Understanding and Adding Serifs to Lettering

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Once you master the fundamentals of letterform,
the next step is learn how to add serifs to your lettering compositions.

In this lesson, you will use all the basic letters you learned from the last lessons,
and transform them into hand-lettered works.

One of the ways to turn your calligraphy pieces into hand lettering,
is using a decorative line called "serif" in your work.

Serifs are short lines stemming from the end of basic strokes that form letters.
By adding embellishments to the basic strokes, you are already turning your characters into hand lettering.

Jumping into letters with serifs from the beginning is difficult and it demands a long time.
But James will show you a quick way out: you can make serifs by following some simple steps he presents,
and thus start making hand lettering compositions.

James explains here the difference between Calligraphy and Hand Lettering,
and teaches how you should add contrast to the basic letterforms.

You will learn how to style your hand-lettered design creating sans serifs and bracketed serifs.

After you master serif lettering, try to apply it to your work.
Adding serifs to lettering sets your work apart from others.
It makes it more stylish, giving your artwork the perfect finish.

Serifs are essential in the art of hand lettering,
so let's practice it in as many words and letters as possible to develop your skill!

Using the grid during your practice makes it a lot easier to learn this process.
So, until you master the technique, keep practicing with graph papers!

In the next lesson, Letter Frame Grid Tutorial, you will take the practice one step further,
and create letterforms at a larger scale.
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