DSD at Design House Digital Blog Hop & Tutorial

Time for another amazing blog hop with the designers at Design House Digital. We don’t just give digital kits away for free, we give away fun designing advice as well!


In this tutorial I will show you how to create outlines for fonts and add embellishments, swirls, and manipulate your lettering.

Picture 85To get started, open up a new file in Adobe Illustrator and type your wording.  I am adding swirls to my lettering, so I picked a font that is flowy and looks handwritten.  I found a font that is made up of swirls, picked a couple that would go well at the ends of some of my letters.

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Then select the lettering and the swirls and right click.  Select “create outlines”.

Picture 87You will notice that it is no longer a font, but a vector object.


Picture 90I wanted my swirl to come naturally out of the “y”, so I erased the edge.

Picture 91I then selected my big swirl and moved it in a natural flowing spot.

Picture 92For some balance, I selected and moved “girl” down below.

Picture 93

Also for balance, I wanted to add a bigger swirl onto the edge of the first letter.  I erased it to the thick edge of the letter. In the same way, I erased the smaller swirl so just the right amount of a swirl end was coming off of the “B”.


Picture 95

Select all and change the color using a color swatch of your choice.


Now, look what you can get for free just for following along on our blog hop!

DAYDREAM BELIEVER – A collaboration by Design House Digital.




We have made it easy to get this free kit…just collect the coupon code letters as you hop
from blog to blog startingat the beginning.

My Letter is:

Picture 99Now, head over to Erica Coombs blog to get some great info from her as well.



82 Replies to “DSD at Design House Digital Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. This tutorial brought to you today by the letter A..Thank you! I’ll have to try it in Fotofusion and see if it works there too..thank you for the letter.

  2. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I am so new that this helps me enormously. Happy DSD and thankyou for the letter.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial… I hope it works similiar in PSE!… And thanks for your part of the collab kit. It’s so generous of all of you to share it with all of us for free 🙂

  4. Thank you. Your tutorial is so helpful!! I’m new to digi and trying to figure out how to make the pages look the way I want. :/ This helps!

  5. Your tutorial looks fabulous & I will definitely need to come back & check it out again when I can focus better (it’s a little frenzied right now!)…Thanks for playing along with us today!!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial brought to us by the letter A! LOL! Looking forward to the great kit! Thanks for giving us that chance! ~Bev~

  7. Would love to know the name of the swirl “font” that you used or any others that you would recommend!! Great tutorial!!!

  8. I am going to have to get Illustrator one day …. Thanx for the opportunity to win the free kit & hte other goodies – Happy Holidays from Florida!♥

  9. Hello Mr. Ueland Thanks you so much for the explanations!Ib4m lniraeg cocos all over the internet, and besides RayWenderlichb4s tutorials, yours are very good to watch someone write the code and have it explained slowly in a different manner.Keep it up Bob, awesome stuff Greetings from luxemburg

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