How to take perfect lettering photos every time. Period.

If you are a calligrapher or letterer, especially if you are someone who wants to gain followers on social media or make a portfolio that pops, clean, crisp lettering photos are a must. I still rock an iPhone 5S and I am able to go from taking a ho-hum photo to sharing a perfect photo in a matter of 1 minute and 37 seconds (that’s right, I timed it. And I must also note that there was a small child using me as a human jungle gym at the time as well. That’s multitasking at its best!).

All it takes is a $5 investment and a minute of your time.

You will need to get a piece of foam core (hit up your local dollar store for this. I’ve been using the same one for a year and a half now so that’s good bang for my buck! Hahaha. Oh, puns.), the Camera+ app and the Afterlight app. So for the cost of a cup of fancy coffee, you will be bale to consistently create stunning photographs. Don’t believe me? Look at this before and after with editing of the EXACT. SAME. PHOTO. No retakes, just edits!


Want to know how exactly how I do it? Well, what are you waiting for? Get the How-to Guide below!


Being able to teach you more about lettering marries my passion for teaching with my obsession for lettering. It's like the perfect storm. But a good storm of unicorns, rainbows and letters.


  1. Elizabeth on March 8, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Hi! What was the foam board thing for?

    • Amanda on March 8, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      I use it to bounce light. I’ll be writing a more thorough tutorial on how to use it coming up next!

  2. Crystal on March 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for the great guide! It’s so helpful! One question, though, you mention you use foam board underneath each photo, but are your colorful backgrounds actually scrapbooking paper? I’ve never seen foam boards come in anything but plain designs.

    • Amanda on March 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      It is plain and I use it as a bounce. I’ll be doing an entire post dedicated to foam core next! The backgrounds are scrapbook paper 🙂

  3. Anne on March 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I already have the Camera+ and Afterlight apps, what fabulous photo tips! Thanks so much! Now I just need that piece of foam core and I can play!

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