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Friday Fresh Free Fonts #61

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#61 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Karabine by Jonathan Paquette Download Karabine Canadian Download Canadian Huxley Titling by JGary David Bouton Download Huxley Titling akaDora by James Daniel Milligan Download akaDora

Typography Mania #41

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by Pink Ponk by inkclear by sam j stanton by kaneda99 by hugowerner by Horacio Lorente by Pablens by thecontrabrand by opa. CALAMAR EN SU TINTA by Mr.Brainbow by Golden Porsche Sessions by tylor.reimer by mil3n by A Journey Round My Skull by ?? by Justin from Georgia by Z Mallett by subgrafik by bryanscott by Andrei D. Robu

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #60

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #60

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#60 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Antipasto by zetafonts Download Antipasto Bebas Neue by Dharma Type Download Bebas Neue Cardo by David Perry Download Cardo Providence by AJ Pagila Download Providence

Typography Mania #40

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by kmccaul by THEFUNCTIONALFOX by steven.bonner by steven.bonner by edfranks by FontFont by DixonBaxi by David Schwen by Lifter Baron by Linda Aslaksen by Nathaniel Hebert by arnoKath by Cornelli2010 by azamat_kodzoev by thejapanman by justlucky by Francisco Andriani by simran singh

Cool Text Effect with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop CS5

When Adobe started announcing some of the new features of the CS5 version of Photoshop they showed the Puppet Warp tool in which they played with an elephant's trunk. I was really impressed with that tool but never used it that too much, because of that I decided to give it a try, especially after seeing a screen cast with Russell Brown in which he was showing how to manipulate a rope with the Puppet Warp Tool. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a text effect using a photo of a rope and the Puppet Warp tool. This tutorial will only work with the CS5 version and I believe it won't take you too much time. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I'm using 2560x1440 pixels for the size. After that import a photo of a rope. The one I used is courtesy of Shutterstock and you can find it here. Step 2 We will be using the Puppet Warp tool to create our text effect, but to make it work properly the rope has to be really long. You will also have to extract the background of the layer, leaving just the rope. After that go to Edit>Puppet Warp. The default mode will show a mash over your object, to hide it just deselect the Show Mesh option. Step 3 Now start adding points or joints, I don't even know how to call those things. As you can see in the image below, I added one at the beginning of the rope and one at the end. Start moving them around to see how they behave. Tips, if you hold ALT you can rotate the point, a little circle will show so you can use it as a controller. Also if you click on the point holding ALT you will delete it. Step 4 Start creating your word, below you can see the R of rope. Step 5 Keep editing, it takes quite some time to get used to how things work, it's important to not stretch the rope too much otherwise it will distort the image. Step 6 Another really cool feature with the Puppet Wart is that you can change the order of the mesh in terms of depth, it's quite impressive how they do that but for example you can define with part goes on over the other using the Pin Depth icons. Step 7 After a few minutes moving the points I got a quite convincing result for the word ROPE. Step 8 Import the rope image again and connect it with the R, then do the same with the E. Step 9 Add a new layer on top of the others and with the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush with black, paint the areas marked below to create some shadows. Group this layer into a folder and change the Blend Mode of the folder to Color Burn at 50% Opacity. Step 10 Group all layers and duplicate the group, then with the duplicated group selected go to Layer>Merge Group. Change the Blend Mode of the group to Overlay. Step 11 Using the rope image again, create another effect using the Puppet Warp tool. Step 12 Import a paper texture and place on top of the other layers. The one I used is from Shutterstock and can be found here. Select all layers but the paper texture, then group them. After that duplicate the group, select this new group and go to Filter>Convert for Smart Filters. Step 13 With the Smart Object layer selected go to Filter>Blur>Guassian Blur. Use 8 pixels for the Radius. One cool thing about Smart Filters is that they behave like masks, there is a white thumbnail next to the Smart Filter sub layer that is like a mask, everything that is white gets the filter, what is black doesn't and the grey scales areas the filter is less strong. This is perfect to create a sort of depth of field effect. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint of the ROPE word area with black and also the whole rope that connects the word. Use the image below for reference. Step 14 Select all layers and duplicate them, after that merge the duplicated layers and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 15 pixels for the radius. Duplicate this layer, so you will have 2 blurry layers. The one at the top use Screen for the Blend Mode at 50% Opacity and the one beneath use Overlay for the Blend Mode with 50% of Opacity as well. Step 15 Go to Layer>New Adjustments Layer>Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation to -40. Conclusion The Puppet Warp tool is an incredible tool which shows an incredible technology behind it, like there are some things that are quite mind blowing such as the changing depths of the mesh. This tutorial was just an example of how to use it to create a text made out of rope. Now it's up to you to come up with much cooler ideas. Click on the image for full preview. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial.

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #59

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #59

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#59 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Coolvetica by Typodermic Download Coolvetica Vollkorn by Friedrich Althausen Download Vollkorn Amperzand by AJPaglia Download Amperzand Musa Ornata by Fernando Carvente Download Musa Ornata

Typography Mania #39

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by Dan Beckemeyer by Dan Beckemeyer by Dan Beckemeyer by Dan Beckemeyer by Dan Beckemeyer by Dan Beckemeyer by Dan Beckemeyer by Noa Emberson by Noa Emberson by Moshik Nadav by Moshik Nadav by Moshik Nadav by Moshik Nadav by Moshik Nadav by Moshik Nadav by Elizabeth Lapinsky by Charles Williams by Herman de Klerk by Christian Danz by Viktoria Vass by Viktoria Vass by Jack Vanzet by Jack Vanzet by Jack Vanzet

Stylish and Unique Artworks by Sara Blake

Sara Blake, also known as ZSO is an interactive art director, designer and illustrator living in New York City. She graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with concentration in Graphic Art and Postmodern Studies-I. These days you can find her at Euro RSCG where she focuses on digital design. But by night she also doubles as an illustrator for clients such as Yen Magazine, The KDU, Hurley, SGCNY, and Koko & Me. She'll also be having her very first solo gallery show at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney, Australia, September 2010. Hello, I'm ZSO. (On paper you may also know me as Sara Blake.) I'm an Interactive Art Director, Designer, and Illustrator living and loving in New York City. ZSO (pronounced |z?|) is a collection of letters that I find aesthetically and phonetically beautiful. Together they make sound much like “so,” the adverb which means "to such a great extent.” I am a person of extremes, for better or worse (most often the latter), so the ring of it was fitting, and the moniker has since stuck for good. For more information about Sara Blake visit her website at http://www.hellozso.com/. As usual be prepared to spend hours on her website and blog because it's totally awesome! Some Works Flight Print SGC Decks Filthy Process Sample from Sara Blake on Vimeo. All Our Idols "All Our Idols" is an ongoing freestyle portrait project. All work is pencil, watercolor, and digital. Phil Knott's Tally Ho Iseult for Depthcore's "Mythic" Iseult for Depthcore's "Mythic" from Sara Blake on Vimeo. Design Collector 7 Wallpaper submission and Tshirt design for Russian design empire Design Collector to celebrate 7 years in the running. Artists were tasked to subtley incorporate the number 7 somewhere into the design. ZSO + Design Collector from Sara Blake on Vimeo. DACS DACS from Sara Blake on Vimeo. YOU ARE WE — KDU

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #58

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#58 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Aaargh by Tup Wanders Fonts Download Aaargh Age by Font Fabric Download Age Bitstream-Vera-Serif by Bitstream Fonts Download Bitstream-Vera-Serif Gabo Drive by Type The Font Download Gabo Drive

Typography Mania #38

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by juan camilo corredor by jergot+gotroch by til01 by George Strouzas by kronicred by kevincherry-art by kevincherry-art by MRfrukta by withayou by teresa.d.w by Vespex Karlsson by Christopher Paul by christing-O- by YONIL by Ale Paul by Mark Luethi by shollingsworth by pope saint victor by diegophotographed by karen horton by geray gencer

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #57

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#57 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Balham by Type the Font Download Balham Piron by Type Depot Download Piron Sertig by Type the Font Download Sertig OXO by Type Depot Download OXO

Typography Mania #37

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by Nando Correa by Dan Shearn by Dan Shearn by Karl Kwasny Dan Shearn by Jacqui Oakley by Gerardo Pinzon by Jacqui Oakley by Dan Shearn by Lucía González Calvo by Karl Kwasny by Karl Kwasny by Dan Shearn by teagan white by Jay Quercia by Jay Quercia by Dan Shearn by SHCH graphics by Like Minded Studio by Mike Friedrich by Christian San Jose

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #56

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#56 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Gabrielle by Dieter Steffmann Download Gabrielle Laconic by Robby Woodard Download Laconic Molengo by Denis Jacquerye Download Molengo South Africa Font 2010 by Font Fabric Download SAF

Typography Mania #36

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by Yaronimus Maximus by eliazar by extraverage by Mark Andrew Webber by sf2london by Leo Reynolds by lowercase me by ackmanu by diso design by azucrina by mil3n by JONNYBLACK_ by mil3n by mil3n by Paul Soulellis by Robson Cesar Alkmim by mikeyashworth by luce08 by Jacob Morse by orgutcayli by One Little Bird Studio

3D Typography Book Giveaway - Winner Announcement

Can you really compare experimental 3D typography – like lettering made of live moss or letter kites that fly messages in the sky – to the work of Gutenberg? If you ask Jeanette Abbink, Emily CM Anderson and the over 100 international designers, typographers and artists featured in 3D Typography, the answer is a resounding yes. From type crafted of steel and neon, to carefully-cut live moss, everyday items like buttons and sugar cubes, to giant installments of polythene and paper, the work in 3D Typography serves as a bold reaction to the fact that so much of today¹s typography is conceived via screens. Having worked for prestigious media outlets as designers and art directors, Abbink and Anderson have compiled this book as a reaction to the fact that so much of today's typography is conceived via two-dimensional screens. Like Gutenberg and generations of typeface designers who worked with physically shaped and cast lead type, these artists return the literal heft to letters. Winner Veronica Wong Page Samples Do you want to buy the book? Buy the 3D Typography at Amazon About MBP Mark Batty Publisher is an independent publisher dedicated to making distinctive books on the visual art of communicating, showcasing the visual power and innovation of contemporary culture in all of its varied poses. Today, the visual comes at us from more places than ever, and its dissemination is faster and more advanced every year. Books from Mark Batty Publisher capture this acceleration on the pages of every book. Affordable, well designed, thoughtfully created, and produced to last, MBP books are artful products that readers want to hold onto forever.

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #55

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#55 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Nobile by Vernon Adams Fonts Download Nobile Tangerine by Toshi Omagari Download Tangerine Crimson Text by Sebastian Kosch Fonts Download Crimson Text Josefin by Typemade Fonts Download Josefin

Typography Mania #35

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography work on the web, from videos to images everything is full of great design and inspiration. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Videos Images by fabienbarral by pdrohan by Which Witch by æddabædda by frogers by luce08 by Reconstructing Ideas by chocosaur by stillthewhizz by Simon's Flickr Junkyard by Dreamer7112 by TeelaC by Nathan Godding by alex tass by Philippe Nicolas by hunsonisgroovy by artboredom by jordanmichaelgray by Robert Moxon