With all the tools available at our disposal today, the times when we made pencil guidelines are long past. One of those tools is the Laser Liner. I have been using it for a few months now and I can proudly say that I have no complaints. It has been serving me rather well, which is why I recommend it all the time. In today’s post, you will learn everything about laser liner calligraphy.
Compared to the other options available, using the laser by itself is a much cheaper option. I’m talking almost 100X cheaper (maybe more!). The only downside is that you need to create a template for your guidelines. Depending on the size of the job, you may want different spacing between each line. Creating new templates is pretty easy too- all you need to do is measure and draw your lines!
I’ve created a short video to help you better understand how to use this cool tool. I’m much better expressing myself verbally than by writing.
How to use a laser liner for your calligraphy:
- Draw guidelines depending on the line spacing that you want (vertically). Make sure the guidelines are on a larger paper than your envelopes (or whatever you are working on).
- Position your envelope on the guideline. Make sure the bottom edge of your envelope sits on the last line of the guideline template. Use a binder clip to hold the envelope in position. You want to make sure that you don’t hold the envelope too tightly since it might leave an impression.
- Next, place your laser liner at the left edge of your envelope. The laser line should overlap the top-most line on your guideline template.
- You should now be seeing the laser line on your envelope as well. Now, make sure that the laser overlaps that same line to the right of your envelope.
- When the laser line overlaps both the left and the right guidelines, you’ll know that it is indeed making a straight line on the envelope.
- That’s all! Simply write on the laser line (as you would in a notebook), and repeat the steps as you move downwards.
Its best to use this tool when you’re confident with the letter height. If you’re still learning how to maintain consistency, it would be best to use a light box underneath your guidelines instead. You’ll also need to create a different guideline (with letter height). However, these are easily available off the internet if you Google them. The light box simply ‘shines’ light so that you can see the guidelines underneath your envelope. Pretty neat right?
So, what do you think of laser liner calligraphy? Do you prefer using a laser liner or a light box? I’d love to know what your thoughts are. And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment here or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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