3 ways to apply a line pattern effect on text in Illustrator A reader told me she used my command shape technique on a logo she was creating, but asked me if I knew a way where she could apply the lines inside the shape of the letters instead of applying them as a brush stroke. If you have no idea what I’m talking about. Let me explain 3 different technique on how you can apply a line pattern effect on text in Illustrator. A line pattern brush stroke This technique works with letters that have a prefect equal weight. Draw the brush using 4 squares each with a different color Group the 4 squares (command/control + g) Drag grouped object into Brushes palette Choose Art Brush and click OK Change the orientation of the brush to vertical (upwards arrow) Draw the letters using the Ellipse, Line and Pen tool Apply a Stroke to the letters Select the Brush from the Brushes palette to apply it on the Stroke Adjust the Stroke weight if needed Text as a mask This is a totally different outcome, but also a way to apply a line pattern on text. The hard way
loading.io - Your SVG + GIF Ajax Loading Icons Font pairings: 20 perfect examples Finding font pairings that set each other off, don't fight the eye for attention, and harmonise without becoming homogenous and dull is tough for graphic designers. The age-old rule goes as follows: concord or contrast, but don't conflict. But with so many professional typefaces and free fonts to choose from, how do you find two that work in harmony? Here we bring you top font pairing tips, followed by 20 examples of perfect font pairings. Get Adobe Creative Cloud Tip 1: Use font superfamilies The easiest way to find perfect font pairings is by using different fonts within the same overarching typeface family. A good superfamily will include serif and a sans serif version of the same typeface: famous examples include Lucida/Lucida Sans and Meta/Meta Sans. Best free fonts for designers Tip 2: Pair contrasting typefaces Contrast, as the name implies, is about finding totally different, but still complementary typefaces that are each fit for their intended application. 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06.
54 typographies gratuites pour Juin 2016 Vous l’attendiez peut-être alors voici une nouvelle sélection de polices d’écritures gratuites. Au total 54 polices gratuites pour cette année 2016. A télécharger sans modération pour les utiliser dans vos prochaines créations graphiques. On retrouve des typographies vintage, futuristes, minimalistes, classiques et bien d’autres encore. Il y en a pour tous les goûts et toutes les utilisations. Bonne lecture ! Les typographies gratuites de juin 2016 Les fonts sont vitales pour les différents projets. NightTime Profitez d’une police gratuite pour les amoureux nocturnes. Découvrir Coves Voici une font que vous pouvez utiliser gratuitement pour vos travaux personnels. Découvrir Sweet Narrow On regarde dans le rétroviseur et dans les années passées. Découvrir Phenomena Utilisez gratuitement cette font pour des activités personnelles ou commerciales. Découvrir Homizio Nova Une allure minimaliste mais un poids très élevé. Découvrir Ludicrous Découvrir Wadon Découvrir Asteroid Une langue interstellaire ? Selima
typekit/webfontloader 101 best free fonts of 2016, so far 2016 has been one of the best years for type design in decades. The lettering craze has pushed a lot of illustrators towards digitizing their work. There’s a ton of great font software available these days. And with typography now recognized as one of the most important aspects of a website, everyone wants in on the act. In past years we’ve seen a few narrow trends dominating, but so far this year it’s very diverse. There’s fewer crazy experimental typefaces around, but also fewer staid sans-serifs; everyone’s meeting somewhere in the middle. Browse through, try them out, and as always if you use them in a project, let us know! Fibon Sans Cloud Sans Qanelas Soft Maquinada Nocturno BG Moderan Antre Patrona Cataleya Reckless Cenotaph Maxwell Slabbo Peach Tea Balans Kust Tapas ES Suelta Tattoo Water Plant Kiwi Pangram (Personal Use) Elder No Fancy Name Bluegrass Outline Mosk Gamer Mi Teiyng Script Meteora Rombomb Hadron Sans Savone Yozakura Neptune Harbour Dirty Lines Script Fela Turum Leoscar Chocoleta Fvriosa Fifty Five PhotoCab
Why You Don’t Use Garamond on The Web Amongst designers – especially print designers – Garamond is considered one of the best fonts in existence. It’s timeless, and very readable. But, because of the limitations of current display technologies, it’s not a good font to use in web copy – even with the advent of font embedding methodologies such as TypeKit and Google Font API. One of the most important principles behind every good piece of design is that the designer has to master his or her medium. With any medium – whether it’s pencil and paper, steel and glass, or pixels – the designer has to work with strengths and limitations. Apple’s lead designer, Jonathan Ive knows this. The best design explicitly acknowledges that you cannot disconnect the form from the material – the material informs the form… Medium and Form in Type History Typography is the perfect vehicle with which to illustrate this concept throughout history. This is graffiti from the ancient city of Pompeii. A Little Too Much Freedom? Working With the Screen
16 typographies de qualité pour vos créations en 2016 - L'Aetherium, Manufacture d'Image Un de mes petits marronniers préférés : la typographie, et ça fait quelques mois que j’en avais pas reposté sur le blog. Découvrez et téléchargez ces 16 polices d’écritures de qualité. A utiliser sans modération dans vos compositions l’année prochaine. Tandis que cette année touche bientôt à sa fin, j’ai profité de l’accalmie pour trier les ressources mises de côté au cours des mois passés. Albert est l’œuvre de William Bayley Suckling, un étudiant en design de 22 ans du London College of Communication.
The Best Free Alternatives to the Most Popular Fonts Look at the best sellers on the big font shops and you’ll see the same names sitting proudly in top spot. Proxima Nova, DIN, Futura and Brandon Grotesque in particular are extremely sought after typefaces that are commonly used in web design, branding and print. It can be pretty expensive to acquire these fonts, which means it’s often beyond the budget of most designers. Thankfully there’s some free typefaces we can rely on that actually match up fairly well. In today’s post I round up 10 of the most popular fonts and give my recommendations of the closest alternatives that can be used with Google Fonts or downloaded for free. Since its release just 10 years ago Proxima Nova has pushed aside all the classics and claimed top spot in the best sellers lists. Futura is everyone’s favourite geometric typeface with those iconic sharp corners. Roboto is the best contender to the ever so popular FF DIN. It can be difficult to match the double or single story letters ‘a’ and ‘g’ in a font.
30 Inspirational Chalk Lettering Designs & Wall Murals In this age of digital design I find the old analogue techniques of hand lettering and sign painting extraordinarily impressive. The use of traditional mediums such as chalk require real talent, which is why professional typographers are still being hired to create stunning murals in trendy cafes and restaurants. In today’s design showcase I present 30 inspirational examples of chalk lettering designs by admirable artists who use traditional techniques to create fantastic typography.
60 Quality FREE Fonts You Probably Don't Own, But Should! Everyone loves free fonts, but finding high quality typefaces within the sea of amateur display fonts can be quite a challenge. I’ve been searching the social profiles of designers and typographers directly to find the hidden gems that aren’t featured on the popular free font aggregators. I narrowed 170 fonts down to 60 after weeding out those that were restricted demos of premium fonts, those that required payment in the form of a tweet or email signup, and any that just didn’t pass my quality control test. The result is a collection of the best quality free fonts you probably don’t own, but should! These professional typefaces are a lifesaver for designers on a budget. Font Pairing Like a Pro - Part Two Have you been playing with your font pairings and want to know which ones make harmonious duos? Ensuring your typefaces complement each other is a vital part of design. In a follow-up post to our most popular Canva post ‘Font Pairing like a Pro,’ we give you some more creative and super effective font pairings to use in your designs. To ensure you are familiar with the words used in this guide, we have included a new glossary with some feature terms from within this post. Sketch and handwritten typefaces have a great voice – a golden match when applied well.Ensure there is balance within your text marriage, try to include a combination of text size and weight for variation.Adding flavor to your design, like the flower to replace the tittle on the ‘i’ (yes, that’s what it’s called!) Ready to start your own font pairing magic? Design is about having fun!
The Ultimate Guide to Font Pairing Great fonts are essential to great design. But picking great fonts can seem like an impossible dark art for most people. In the article below I’ll explain the basics of choosing great fonts and then give you my favorite combinations that you can use in your own designs. These font pairs are perfect if you are trying to create your next presentation, social media graphic or anything else you’d like to design. There’s a science to applying a heading, subheading and body copy to suit the type of content you’re producing and the message or tone of your brand. Think we’ve left some good ones out? The anatomy of typography Before we get started on the list of 30 font pairings, there are two resources you should have on hand. The first is a super helpful infographic showing the important features of typographic anatomy: The second is an infographic glossary of typographic terms and compositional techniques, explaining the basics when it comes to typography: 01. 02. 03. 04. eBook 05. 06. 07. 08. 09.
10 Kerning Tips to Improve Your Typography What’s your pet peeve? For regular people, pet peeves range from the improper use of their, there, and they’re to loud phone conversations people have in public places. When it comes to designers, they have their own set of pet peeves as well. Some of the biggest and most common are kerning mistakes. Kerning measures the space between two different letters. To make sure that you avoid having all these kerning mistakes, here are a few tips that will surely help you out. 1. Various fonts have different widths and styles, which means that they will fit differently given the same amount of space. Another important consideration is that your headline will most probably have a different font than the subheading. 2. Leading? Once your vertical lines and the equal spaces between letters are all set, this is the best time for you to start kerning. 3. Sure, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign – they all have automatic kerning settings. 4. 5. Each letter is different. >How does this work? 6. 7. 8. 9.