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.

Picture 86

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.



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  • November 1, 2012 - 6:03 am

    Kait - Great tutorial. Thank you!

  • November 1, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Margie Visnick - Great tutorial! Thanks for being a part of the hop!

  • November 1, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Judy - Thanks for the tut!

  • November 1, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Trista - Super tutorial. The collab is gorgeous. Thanks so much for taking part!

  • November 1, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Tammy Davis - Enjoyed the tutorial! I will definitely try this!

  • November 1, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Candice S. in Colorado - what a fabulous tutorial! thank you so much!!!!!!!

  • November 1, 2012 - 8:40 am

    sara paschal - Oh, this is awesome. Thanks for the tut and being part of the DHD blog hop.

  • November 1, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Shay - Thank you so much for the tutorial and your awesome contribution to the kit!

  • November 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

    jennybean - Thanks for the tutorial!

  • November 1, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Trisha - Love your tutorial. Does it also work with Photoshop Elements 9?

  • November 1, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    LaurieW - Wonderful tutorial

  • November 1, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Melinda T - Awesome! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  • November 1, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    Leslie Kiley - Thanks for the Tutorial ! Love the kit and this awesome blog hop!

  • November 1, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    Sherry P - Thank you for the great tutorial and the letter A !!!!!! This is great fun 🙂

  • November 1, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    Nancy Grant - Cool tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  • November 1, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Clancy - Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us. Love it !!!!

  • November 1, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    KarenH - 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.

  • November 1, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Desirae Starling - What fonts are these? I’ve not seen a swirl font! 🙂

  • November 1, 2012 - 4:24 pm

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

  • November 1, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Miss Becki - Thank you!!!

  • November 1, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Heather R... mousemomma - Thanks!

  • November 1, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    sewcalgal - Great tutorial. And, my birthday is next week so this was very special. Thank you!

  • November 1, 2012 - 5:37 pm

    Barbara Albrecht - Thanks for the tutorial.

  • November 1, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    Edna - thanks for the tutorial.

  • November 1, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    Ephémère13 - Thank you for the tutorial and for the letter.

  • November 1, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    Kaly - Thank you so much! What fun.

  • November 1, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    Paula B - 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 🙂

  • November 2, 2012 - 3:39 am

    DoggiNo - What a neat trick ! Thanks for sharing.

  • November 2, 2012 - 7:20 am

    cheryl - Great Tutorial, thanks for being part of the blog hop! Beautiful Kit!

  • November 2, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Cheryl - 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!

  • November 2, 2012 - 6:40 pm

    Lesli - Great tut, Deena. Thanks!

  • November 2, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Theresa - Great tutorial – what a difference a little flourish makes!

  • November 2, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Karen Freeman - Great tutorial thanks for all your time and effort you put into teaching us.

  • November 3, 2012 - 1:12 am

    Heaney - fab tutorial ..tx so much!

  • November 3, 2012 - 5:15 am

    Elaine - Thanks for the tutorial and the collaboration.

  • November 3, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Lisa C Johnson - The way you explained that sounds so easy! I am excited to try this, thanks!

  • November 3, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Liz - Great tutorial! Thanks for your wonderful portion of the awesome collab!

  • November 3, 2012 - 10:01 am

    ScrappyMama - 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!!

  • November 3, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Jocelyn Olson - Great tutorial! Thanks!

  • November 3, 2012 - 10:55 am

    NanScraps - great idea. I have PSE8 but could see how I could do a cheat and get a similar effect. Never thought of this before. thanks and happy DSD

  • November 3, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    Skeeter - 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~

  • November 3, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    pammie~k - cute tut! – thanks for participating in the blog hop

  • November 3, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Roberta - Fun blog hop, Thank you! Love love your work.

  • November 3, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Kathy713 - Wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing

  • November 3, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    Kristeen - Thanks so much for the tutorial. I would love to know the names of the fonts that you used.

  • November 3, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Michelle - Excellent tutorial!

  • November 4, 2012 - 9:20 am

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

  • November 4, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Lisa C - Absolutely wonderful tutorial! Thank you SO much for this!

  • November 4, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    redjanfan - what an interesting and useful tut. Thank you too for your part of the collab and the “a”

  • November 15, 2012 - 4:42 am

    libbywilko - I’ve been slow to come back and say thank you for the beautiful collab & the tutorial… but here I am so Thank you !!

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    Vianna - 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!♥

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