Typographical Flourishes The Easy Way

Typographical flourishes can turn ordinary type into awesome headlines or logos. Examples are all around us. In this tutorial, designer Karen Stillman shares a look at how she added flourishes to letterforms. August 30, 2013

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

Create cool, splashy typography using Adobe Photoshop

For this month's Designing Women issue, Mirko from the DesignerDaily site sent this Photoshop tutorial written by Elizabeth Tran, a bright young designer from China! In this tutorial she shows you how to create cool water typography effect in Photoshop utilizing stock photos, blend modes, filters and special water splash brushes to give a splish-splash feel to this unique design typography treatment. February 28, 2013

The Scythe and the Rabbit: Simon de Colines and the Culture of the Book in Renaissance Paris

Simon de Colines (1480-1546) and his contributions to the modernization of book design was underappreciated -- until master typographer and historian Kay Amert conducted research on the Parisian printer who experimented with dynamic page layouts and pioneered the use of italic types in France during the Renaissance. For the typography buff, historian or lover, this work sheds fresh light on typography from the Renaissance that shaped publishing as we know it today. December 14, 2012

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 Annual Top Typography Books in Review

It's that time again, and the year 2012 was a good year for typography books! Of particular note, there are another dozen good ones that don't hit the shelves until after November 1st ... so watch our November issue! Out of a slate of hundreds, here are our favorites for this year:
* Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks
* Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design
* Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior
* Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS
* Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
* Typographic Design: Form and Communication
* Typography : Graphic Design in Context
* Vintage Commercial Art and Design
* Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s
* Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
* The Little Black Book of Design
* Typography Sketchbooks September 28, 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

Hermann Zapf: Design at Hallmark Cards

Author Rick Cusick discusses the art of "Lettering" in new book published by RIT. Hallmark helps us appreciate the small moments in life -- with greeting cards and special messages garnished with designs and lettering that enhance the full reading experience -- and we can thank Hermann Zapf. September 27, 2012