Three Dimensional Letters

7 Apr

Hi  first of all, I want to personally thank you for reading my tips and hopefully you can apply them and shorten your learning curve. Sign Painters, while learning the trade often get discouraged, because of the expanse  of the art. But as so many worth while skills it takes time, so if you love sign painting stick with it, you’ll get there!

Enough of that, I promised something about dimensional letters, so what you say we get to it.

When you put your basic letters on your sign, you can dress them up various ways. You can put a band around the letter or you can shade the letter or you can do both. Another thing can do is have a banner, strip or cloud or really whatever you choose behind the letters. Now I will give you some examples of this using basic color combinations.

1.  Say your using a light blue overall background, the letters you want are about six inches tall. Paint eight or nine inch high strip across the sign all the way to the end or leave a space at the ends, which ever you prefer using a darker blue than the background. this would be optional to use the darker strip.

2. Paint your letters in much lighter color than the background, then after this dries you can apply a compatible band around the letter. at this point your lettering has taken on three dimensions from the original background color.

3. Now if you want you can put a drop shade on the letters for even another dimension and this can be done in many different ways, which are explained in my sign painting basics course.

Remember that black and white is not considered color and are neutral or a combination of them  will look good with most other colors.

I hope these tips I share with you are helpful and if you have any questions send me an e-mail via

Be sure and visit my website and please leave a comment, your feedback is needed so I will know what your needing to become a sign artist.

I will post more tips and how tos  very soon!

Thanks James C.


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