Photoshop Madness for the Fonts Festival

Here's a special edition of PHOTOSHOP MADNESS specifically for text, type, typography and fonts techniques. You'll find 1,100,000 tutorials on the web for text effects, all claiming to be the 'best' Photoshop text effects. In reality there are only a few hundred, because the vast array of several thousand replicator sites have picked up the same tutorials and lay claim to them but redirect you to another site. Some are really good, others really, really suck, like those loaded with screen spam, stalker links and pop-ups that take over your system and won't let you go!

These tutorials have been tested to be pretty good -- and you note we actually give credit to the original site, listing the site name. There are a lot more we'll be sending out over the weeks to come :
* Create a Shiny, Gold, Old World Text Effect in Photoshop
* Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment
* Place An Image In Text With Photoshop
* Great Gooey Photoshop Text Tutorial
* Delicious Bagels Text Effect
... and MORE August 30, 2013

The 19th Annual Typography, Lettering, Fonts & cool stuff Surf

All year long, I've been saving up typography references for our annual fonts surf. There are now so many typography knock-off and replicator sites it is almost no longer worth the surf. With Pinterest, and any number of other specialized social networking sites with topics, you're almost sure to get an overload of visual stimulation very quickly. So, sit back and take a little time . . .
* Accidental Typographer
* Children’s Media Conference 2013
... and more: August 30, 2013

Getting ideas and design inspiration by looking at unusual beer bottle label designs

Okay, you saw our previous post taking a surf tour of Tequila labels, right. Well, this time we're looking at beer bottle labels and how they can be a source of graphic design inspiration. Enjoy! July 31, 2013

Product labeling and packaging study for inspiration and design ideas

One of the best ways to learn and practice design, typography and illustration is to emulate (not "copy") the works of others. Like this collection of wonderfully unique and rare bottles and bottle labels for Tequila! Here are designs you probably won't find in your local stores . . . enjoy! July 29, 2013

Adobe Master Class: Photoshop Inspiring artwork and tutorials by established and emerging artists

The latest Adobe Master Class is here with a heafty line-up of photographic talent -- some of which is included in this year's Designing Women issue! This world-class photography book brings a lot of inspiration and learning March 13, 2013

18th Fonts surf SIX

The online quest for cool type, typography, fonts, lettering and calligraphy goes on -- some of these are really the best we've seen so far! Don't forget to send YOURS!. Now here's what's in the 6th edition:
* Are Some Fonts More Believable Than Others?
* Pablo Impallari solves the script problem
* Peanut Butter & Jelly Ampersand!
* Smart logo begins as Helvetica
* Johnny Martz is BACK
... and more! October 1, 2012

18th Fonts surf FIVE

The online quest for cool type, typography, fonts, lettering and calligraphy goes on -- some of these are really the best we've seen so far! Don't forget to send YOURS!. Now here's what's in the 5th edition:
* Typeface Commemorates Jean-Luc Godard's 80th Birthday
* Dyslexie, A Typeface Designed To Help Dyslexics Read
* Syraph hand lettered logo by the Fontmaker
* How to Create a Ligature by David Schwen
* A Typographic Anatomy Lesson
... and more! September 28, 2012

Fred's 2012 famous fonts surf #4

We continue to roll with this year's Fonts Festival -- the more we surf, the better it gets -- but for this issue, some of these were sent in by readers! Don't forget to send YOURS!. Now here's what's in this edition:
* How to Warp Text in Adobe Illustrator
* Type Love Typography Experiment
* Typography is now on Facebook
* Ply.Series - Ampersand
* Karen Cantu Shines
... and more! September 27, 2012

New Gallo Fonts for Design & Crafts

Gerald Gallo comes back again year after year with new fonts -- sometimes, fonts you just can't find anywhere else ... this year : cross stitch fonts, some new ornaments, art deco titling and headlines, and even alpha-numeric styling fonts! September 26, 2012

150 Inspiring Typography & Hand Lettering

Welcome to the 2012 Fonts Festival! Hard to believe we've been doing this for eighteen (18) years, but it's true. In this lead article, I'll acquaint you with some of the goodies on deck this year, and get one initial piece of business out of the way! September 1, 2012