How to Write in Shadowed Bubble Letters

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How to Write in Shadowed Bubble Letters
This three-dimensional letter A has shadows on the top and to the right of each line. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Bubble letters are rounded, hollow letters used to emphasise text. Utilising a shadow effect adds dimension and illumination. When making shadowed bubble letters, it is important to establish which side the light is coming from and thereby determine which side of the text is to be shadowed. All shadows should be consistently on the same side of all text. Learn to individually write all of the letters in shadowed bubble letters before writing complete words. Begin with the capital letter A, then apply this technique to all other upper and lower case letters.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencil (not pen)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Write a large capital A, making the top rounded instead of a sharp point. Make sure to use a pencil, as this A will be eventually erased.

  2. 2

    Trace around the outside of the A on all sides, keeping a consistent distance between the original A and the traced outline. Use rounded lines, no sharp points. Trace around the inside of the A (at the top) with the same distance between the original A and the traced outline.

  3. 3

    Erase the original A. This now is a bubble letter A.

  4. 4

    Draw an arch just above the line forming the bottom of the hole in the top of the A. The arch should span the entire bottom of the hole. Shade in the arch. This begins to create a three-dimensional hole in the top of the A.

  5. 5

    Draw a similar arch just to the right of the left side of the hole in the top of the A. Shade in the arch. This completes the three-dimensional hole in the top of the A.

  6. 6

    Draw an arch close to the top and right sides of the A, beginning just on top of the A (parallel to the beginning of the arch in the hole of the A) and spanning the entire right side of the A. Make sure the arch is the same distance from the bubble A all the way from the top of the A to the bottom right side. Shade in this arch. This creates a shadow effect for the right side of the A.

  7. 7

    Draw an arch close to the right side of the left leg of the A, stopping at the cross section of the A. Shade in the arch. This complete the shadowed effect of this letter A with the shadows on the top and to the right of all lines.

  8. 8

    Practice with all other letters: Draw the letter, trace the outline of the letter, erase the original letter, then add shadowing on either the top or bottom and the left or right. After mastering all letters, try forming words.

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