Before You Start
Step 1: Create an Outline
Meng used the Type (T) tool to add initials using the Bely Display font synced from Adobe Fonts. Then she dragged to select the initials with the Selection (V) tool, right-clicked, and chose Create Outlines. (Meng included the white ghost image that you can use as a guide if you’d like to follow her steps to create the monogram.)
Step 2: Anchor Your Design
With the text converted to an outline, Meng could then customize the form of the letters using the Direct Selection (A) tool. She dragged across the top portion of the t and pulled down on an anchor point to shorten it. Then she selected the crossbar of the t and shortened it, removed a serif at the base of the k, and clicked the top anchor point of the k and dragged it down as well.
Step 3: Guide the Slope
Meng drew a red guide using the Line Segment (\) tool. She aligned it to follow the slope of the t and to extend beyond the k. Then she used the Direct Selection tool to select the top anchor points of the k and drag them to match the slope of the t. When she was finished, she moved the guide out of the way.
Step 4: Decorate the Type
For a bit of flair, Meng used the Pen (P) tool to draw a flourish extending from the k.
Step 5: Set the Path
With the decorative swirl still selected, she chose Object > Path > Outline Stroke.
Step 6: Unite the Elements
Meng then joined the decoration with the type by dragging the Selection tool across everything and clicking Unite from the Pathfinder in the Properties (Window > Properties) panel.
Step 7: Form a Connection
To further blend the artwork, Meng used the Direct Selection tool to drag the top inside corner of the k, and then she dragged an anchor point (indicated by a circle) to create a curved path between the k and the swirl.
Step 8: Refine the Endpoint
Meng added the final touch by double-clicking the end of the decoration with the Direct Selection tool. She then dragged each anchor point to create a flared endpoint.
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