Lettering

For digital typography, hand-lettering, and calligraphy, you need a tool that is both streamlined, organic, and precise. That's where Vectornator comes in! It's an intuitive vector graphic design software that empowers you to create high-quality lettering designs.
Hero Vector
Used by leading brands
Disney
apple logo
D2IQ
Wacom
Instana

Pen Tool.  
The Beast Behind Every Illustration.

Every powerful design tool has an amazing Pen tool at its core. With Vectornator, you'll feel like a calligrapher with a real fountain pen. You'll be able to effortlessly create complex and detailed lettering paths thanks to our next-generation Pen tool workflow.

Desktop-level Precision? You Bet.

Vectornator is the iPad lettering platform of the future. We know how important calligraphy and lettering are to designers, so we crafted a set of features that help you design on Mac, iPad, or iPhone in the most precise and innovative way — with your finger. No matter what Apple device you prefer, you'll be set up for success with a design app that puts your needs first.

The Power of Vectors. Automated.

Let's face it, almost everybody loves to scribble on paper. But if you have a lettering design you want to use as a base for your next typography project, you don't want to have to spend hours hand-drawing vector lines around the letters. We save your valuable time with our innovative Auto-trace technology. Press one button and instantly have your sketches and lettering brought to life in vectors.
Will Paterson
Corporate Designer, Logo Designer,
Hand Letterist
The game changer.
“Can honestly say as a designer and content creator that Vectornator is an invaluable tool to have as part of my work set-up. I’ve been using the software for a while now and it’s so amazing to use for both design projects as well as personal work.”

One Platform. Many Applications.

On top of providing great tools for typography and lettering, Vectornator is great for other design cases too!  For instance, you can create all your illustrations, user interfaces, and print designs right inside Vectornator. There's no need to switch to another tool, but you easily can if you want to, because Vectornator supports many different types of file formats.

Any Questions?

What is lettering?

Lettering is a very broad term, but in the graphic design world, it usually has a more specific meeting. "Text" is a catchall term for words in a design, but the text also has a "font", which dictates the specific look of the letters and words. "Lettering" usually refers to letters that are set apart from the main body of text, such as names, titles, and logo elements.  

Lettering is very important for some types of graphic design, such as web design and social media, but less so for other types of art, like a pastel illustration or a watercolor painting.

When working with lettering, it's important to keep legibility in mind. But lettering is also a chance for you to accentuate other elements of your design. So be sure to choose a font that aligns with the overall design aesthetic of your piece.

How can I create my own font online?

If you're looking for some interesting fonts to use in your designs, there are many free fonts available online. You can find any type of free font online, including serif, block, sans-serif, and calligraphy fonts.

But if you want to create your own font, you'll need a tutorial. There are many books and online guides that give a step by step guide to font design. Typography is a vast field, so you should expect to do some hefty research before creating your own font.

Once you determine how you want to do it, at some point you'll need to draw the new letterforms. You can start out doing this by hand, but at some point you'll need to use a vector design platform to change your letterforms into vector shapes.

Vectornator is the perfect tool for this! With a powerful Auto Trace option and a sleek Pen Tool, transforming your letters into vectors is the work of just a few minutes. Try it out today!

What is the best software for calligraphy?

If you want to get into calligraphy, it's probably best to start with the physical medium by buying a calligraphy pen and some ink. Learning how the pen handles and how ink behaves on the page will help you to learn calligraphy faster than any online tutorial.

But if you want to learn how to do calligraphy digitally, there are several options. First, identify which device platform you'd like to work on, whether iOS, iPad Pro, Android, or Windows.

Then, you'll need to decide which typography app you want to use to create your calligraphy. Adobe Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Cloud can be a good option, but the price can be a barrier for some. The Procreate app is a great option for raster calligraphy artwork.

But if you want to create calligraphy for web design or other digital mediums, you should use Vectornator! With our Brush and Pen tools, you can create fluid vector calligraphy that is easily editable. And with our library of templates, you'll always have the correctly sized artwork! Give Vectornator a try today!

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Vectornator runs on iPadOS 13 & iOS 13 and later or macOS Big Sur or later (Native M1 support).

If you have an older Mac and cannot upgrade to Big Sur, we have the option to download the previous release of Vectornator that you can download on your macOS Catalina too. Download it here ➞