The Making of the Alphabet Font Set with ArtRage Studio Pro
This is a tutorial covering some of the more advanced techniques involved in
creating stickers in ArtRage Studio Professional.
During the tutorial i hope to share with you some key rules for making stickers,
and by the end i hope that you will be able to go onto make even more complex
and exciting stickers. During the beta phase us testers had an interesting time
getting used to creating stickers, whilst making simple stickers is extremely easy,
making more complex stickers is well.... complex, when there is more than just
the colour map involved, you need to learn how to make all the different maps
play nicely together. This tutorial is a culmination of the blood sweat tears
of many beta testers trials & errors not least of all SomeoneSane, who has
helped us all come to terms with the sticker creator right from the word go,
also i have spent many hours and posts discussing different road blocks i
came up against along my journey, with both Andy and Matt, without their
help and guidance this tutorial would not be possible, my hat goes off to you,
the creators of an Awesome Program ArtRage 3 Studio Professional.
First we must choose a font, preferably one with some room to be creative, i have
chosen the Almonte Font. Whilst you may want to paint it or do various other things to it,
so that it looks pretty, 1st after you have chosen a font we must align the text to a grid.
Before the sticker creation begins, we must type the Font out into AR3 in a fashion that
allows us to easily make a grid for the letters to fit into, so try to keep the same amount of
letters on each line, i have typed mine out at 160 points and my file is 200ppi for good
quality text, especially when you go to blow it up later, after the stickers have been created,
each letter must be on itís own layer so we can line them up individually in the grid in a later step.
Now that you have the Alphabet typed and any Glyphs or Numbers you would like to make
stickers of as well, we will align them to a grid, i will show the way i do it, but after
awhile you will no doubt find even simpler ways of aligning the font or objects.
The Grid Cells need to be as large as your biggest object, once your largest object is
aligned you can then make the grid up for the rest, then align them to the center of
each grid cell, this is important, make certain that you align them to the CENTER of the
Cell, not the bottom or left, it must be the center or the sheet will fail, i learn that
the hard way, Thanks Someonesane for enlightening me to this fact.
So for me the letter capitol A was roughly the biggest object and i decided that if any
other letters were bigger than that i would resize the individual letters slightly to fit the grids cells.
I grab a ruler out, on a separate layer that i named Grid, i then turn the visibility
off of all the other letters except the one Iím working on, then i grab the ruler and place
it over the letter horizontally, then holding down the Alt key (option on Macs) i left click
on the ruler and resize it until thereís a little bit of ruler over top of the letter A and
under the bottom, once i have the ruler the right size itís just a matter of ruling the lines
down the page, lining the top of the ruler up with the bottom of each new ruled line.
I do exactly the same vertically until i think i have enough grid to place all my letters,
Glyphs and Numbers.
Next i select the new Transform Tool down the bottom on the Tools Widget and
move all the text into their correct cells until i have this result.
Now that you have aligned all your Alphabet, itís time to pretty it up, i prettied mine
using ArtRage Studio Pro, through using some filters and a bit of painting, itís up to
your personal taste how you would like it to look. Itís important to have the letters
aligned before this step; it will save a lot headache later.