How to Digitize Calligraphy

allison calligraphy digital Oct 04, 2020

Being able to digitize your calligraphy is a vital skill to have if you want to start making reproductions of your work (like cards or wedding stationery!). Being able to drag your calligraphy, move script around, and even change the color will allow you to take your calligraphy to new places!

Topics Covered

  • Scanning your work into the computer and opening it in Photoshop
  • How to prep your scanned in file in photoshop
  • How to delete the white paper background so that you can create moveable script
  • How to separate script so that you can move different words and letters independently.
  • How to change the color of script
  • How to insert your script into another photo

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available now for all Tier 2 students.  Some classes are also available to Tier 1 students. Click here to see the Tier 1 Class Listing.  

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Materials Needed

Digitizing Basics:

  • Scanner. Any scanner will probably work just fine for this class! I am using an Epson V600 which is a great scanner if you want to upgrade.
  • Adobe Photoshop Software
  • A piece that you have calligraphed and want to digitize.

Optional supplies:

  • A photography of a blank piece of paper to insert your digitized script onto

What I used to create my paper piece:

  • Rhodia Paper
  • Sumi Ink
  • Hunt 22b nib
  • Don't forget your favorite guidelines!

Homework Challenge

Want to see our students' homework? Search the hashtag #kcadigitize on Instagram to see samples from this week's homework. Our students who participate in this challenge get entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Instructor: Allison McClanahan


Instagram: @wildwoodcalligraphyandpost


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