Today I’m sharing four ways I like to use stock photo’s with my iPad lettering.
I personally love nature but am by no means a professional photographer. I wouldn’t be able to take a photo that was of a quality good enough to be printed in a large size for my lettering. I took a look through the nature scenes until I found a photo that matched the quote I wanted to letter.
When downloading the image make sure to choose the JPEG form if you’re wanting to send them to Procreate for your iPad. You’ll simply insert the flat image to Procreate. You’ll also want to make sure you’re using a large enough canvas if you want to print them out to make sure the photo quality us clear.
I always make sure to add a new layer over the photo when lettering as it makes it easier for rearranging and resizing your hand lettering. Often when choosing art style images they can be busy and colorful so using a shadow makes your images pop. See how to do this in video tutorial above!
These make great gifts or customized art for decorating your home.
This is one of my favorite things I’ve every created! I started by searching floral backgrounds on Storyblocks and thought it would be perfect for creating some encouragement cards.
I used the same process as above to get the image onto my iPad but this time added to extra layers – a black and white rectangular block for a matted look in the middle of the image.
For my lettering, I added a new layer and used the grid brush in Procreate in the texture section This feature helps keep everything uniform and correctly sized and spaced out. Make sure to delete the grid brush layer before you print.
I made a set of three cards, tied them together with some string for a cute gift.
Social Media Images
This is probably how I use stock images the most often, to create lettering images for social media. I am personally a fan of the desktop or notebook photos but this would work with any mock ups.
I again made use of the optional grid brush layer for even lettering and added another layer for my lettering. I like to crop my images square from the beginning as this is the main format for social media images.
Watercolor lettering is such a fun way to add texture to your lettering and Storyblocks has a variety of watercolor backgrounds that you can use to create this look! Again, we’re adding our image to Procreate and a separate layer for lettering.
With the watercolor backgrounds I like to add two separate images side by side instead of stretching out the photo so we get all the little details. Only a little bit of the watercolor background is going to show through when using the color drop feature to turn the top layer white. Instead of lettering with the brush pen feature, you’ll be lettering with the eraser.
I hope this was helpful in giving you some ideas for what you can do with your iPad lettering. I can’t wait to see what you create using your stock photographs and iPad lettering!
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