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Typography Mania #8

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. 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 English Communication Festival Festival Brochure QUBE Calendar Mouscacho Calendar 2010 Methods NYC Idioms Mondrian Inspired Typography Playing Cards Sainted Valentine Bio Typeface Typography Cut Out Calendar Wanted Hand Lettering & Typography OC Bold Typeface

Realistic Golden Text in Pixelmator

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a beautiful golden text in Pixelmator. It might be useful for your next Christmas design. We will use basic tools and gradients to mimic gold with this super easy technique. I also have writen a tutorial showing how to create the same effect but for Photoshop, you can find it at PSDTUTS. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials I have been writing for the Pixelmator Learn Site. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. The size is not important but I’m using 1440×900 pixels. Then go to View>Show Gradient to open the Gradient Panel. Create a new Radial gradient from a dark brown in the center and blending to black. Fill the background layer with this new gradient. Step 2 Go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 1 for the amount and make sure that it’s NOT monochrome. Step 3 With the Type Tool (T) type VIVAVIDA (or any word you want). We will break the text into layers and create a new word. To do that, go to Layer>Rasterize Type Layer. Then with the Lasso Tool (L), select each character, then cut and paste it back. Each one will be in a different layer. (The font I used was Adobe Garamond.) Step 4 Now that you have layers for each letter, let’s create a new word. The one that I came up with was VIVAD. The VIV is connected and so is the AD. Select the layers that make the word, and go to Layer>Merge Layers. You will have the word back in one layer only. Step 5 Go back to the Gradient Panel and create a new gradient preset. Create a linear one this time. Use dark brown, beige and white for the colors, exactly like the image below. Step 6 Add a new layer on top of the word VIVAD and go to Layer> Create Clipping Mask. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to fill the layer with the gradient we created in the previous step. Start from the top of the word and finish at the bottom. Step 7 Add another layer on top of the previous one and go back to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Change the Blending to Multiply. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), create a rectangular selection starting 2 pixels down from the top of the word. With the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with the gradient we used for the gold letter; this time the direction will be the opposite, with the dark color at the top. Use the image below for reference.? The idea is create a tiny line to create the reflection of the gold. Step 8 Let’s repeat this step for the bottom of the word. The Blending will have to change, so you can use either Color Dodge or Screen. I used Color Dodge, but I had to duplicate the layer to get a stronger result.? Repeat the previous step, but now the idea is to put a shiny line at the bottom of the word that had been dark. Step 9 This is the result we have to achieve. Step 10 Duplicate the layer with the word VIVAD and move it beneath the gold effect. Then go to Edit>Stroke. Use any color, 1 for the Width and Outside. Step 11 Again over the Gradient Panel, add a new preset using dark brown, beige and dark brown. Use the image below for reference. We will use this gradient to create another reflection to our golden text. Step 12 Create a new layer on top of the layer where we applied the stroke. Then go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Fill this layer with the gradient we created in the previous step. The beige part has to be almost at the bottom of the word. Step 13 Duplicate the layer with the word VIVAD and put it beneath the other layers but on top of the background. Go to Image>Invert. It was white and now it’s black; then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 30 for the Radius. The idea is to create a nice shadow beneath the golden text. Step 14 This is the gradient order that I have. Check yours to see if it’s similar, or simply download the file used for this tutorial to understand how the layers are organized. Conclusion This is a very simple but beautiful effect. Even though we don’t have the layer styles feature we have in Photoshop, we can create Bevels and Gradients using layers and clipping layers with gradients. We observe reality and try to recreate it with the tools that are available. Versions You can also create other types of metals, like silver. You can try different gradients or just apply Hue and Saturation. Download the Pixelmator File Download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #28

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #28

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#28 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Geo Sans Light by Manfred Klein Download Geo Sans Light Boris Black Bloxx by Manfred Klein Download Boris Black Bloxx Day Roman by Apostrophic Labs Download Day Roman Thryromanes by Herman Miller Download Thryromanes

Typography Mania #7

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. 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 Design Book Library by Outofprint Typography Friday by erokCom Typography: Principles of Data Processing by monkeysox Eat Your Veggies by erokCom Tylor Typography Manual by tylor.reimer Yousemite Valley by nicoleyfun Typeface Showing: Augustus by karlfrankowski What is Typography by John Rabbit Good things are on the cards by Esther Aarts Knock on Wood by Esther Aarts Tomorrow I will spell better! by Cami Laps NMICFY by Oak Thitayarak IZBA Birthday Poster by Jovan Shpira Obradovic Design Culture Now by marvelgd Old Skool by Von Brandis Good Magazine: 101 Reasons to Vote by frogers Design is a good [car] by MrSniggs Whatever You Are, Be a Good One by 3LambsStudio It's All Good Art Print by Scarlet Beautiful When I Grow Up by L.e.e.

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #27

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #27

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#27 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Hetilica Bold by Diego Quintana Download Hetilica Bold Telegrafico by Salvo Nicolosi Download Telegrafico Carbona by Lucas Maia Download Carbona Whypo by Davy Meykens Download Whypo

Typography Mania #6

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. 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 Naked Type by Micah Extraverage x The KDU by extraverage Avant Round by Network Osaka Archivo 17 by Network Osaka Playful Wet by Playful / Pablo Alfieri Stay Fresh by Gizo Premsela by AisleOne abcdef by gemma correll Spaceship by anja mulder Think Make Think by Public Design Center I-am-not-excellent-shirt by Daniel Solis Legs Tired Back Sore by Keith Scharwath Perfection by theycallmeteddy TMSP by Marcio Vincoletto Typographic self-portrait by Thijs Janssen Today I'm gonna create something awesome by Thea Hamrén Burn After Reading by Jarrik Muller iusehelvetica by Mothanna Hussei 3d Typography by Jorge Daniel Tercarioli Echo Type by Mothanna Hussei Enveloped Epigrams - Tangent by christopher goodwin

International Year of Astronomy 2009 - Posters Giveaway

Have you ever stopped to think about where we are in the universe? I mean, among all the planets and stars we are like a tiny little grain of sand, don't you think? That is what The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is all about, and to celebrate this event a great artist called Simon Page created five beautiful posters inspired by the 60's and 70's. Now the best part, we're giving away two of these beautiful posters, yeah I said 2. Simon is a designer from UK who loves typography and illustration. From his posters we can see how he mixes them together with a very good selection of colors to create very striking designs. All of them with, of course, that retro look and feel. I'm waiting for my poster as well and looking forward to seeing hanging on my wall. "I initially designed these as self-promotional works but word gets around and last week I received an email from the IYA 09 that they thought the posters were great and would like to use them for their promotional work - this was awesome and I of course said yes." Simon Page About the IYA2009 The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. Oficial Site Paper Quality The prints are on museum-quality paper that meet strict industry standards. The paper is internally buffered to resist fading and acid-free to eliminate any degradation. The inks have a very high pigment density, which allows for the sharpest possible image, perfect reflection of light and the widest range of printable colour. The pigment also resists water, light, and gas for superior archiving properties. THE GIVEAWAY We're givingaway 2 poster for our readers! Just drop us a comment telling what poster do you like the most. Next week will be publishing the winners! Good luck guys! But if you don't want to wait to know if you will be one of the winners, please check his site out and buy yours right now! All of them are available to buy! All Posters

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #26

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #26

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#26 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts LOT by Font Fabric Download LOT VKB KonQa by Victor Bagu Download VKB KonQa Walkway Black by GemFonts Download Walkway Black Acknowledgement by Reading Type Download Acknowledgement

Typography Mania #5

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Typography Videos Typography Images

Black Friday Fresh Free Fonts #25

Black Friday Fresh Free Fonts #25

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#25 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts LT Oksana by Nymphont Download LT Oksana Campanero by Oliver Gonzalez Download Campanero Tertre by Jan Schmoeger Download Tertre A Bit Empty by Martin Leskow Download A Bit Empty

Typography Mania #4

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Typography Videos Typography Images

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #24

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #24

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#24 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Champagne & Limousines by Nymphont Download Champagne & Limousines Copper Penny by M.G. Adkins Download Copper Penny Oloron by Michel Bujardet Download Oloron Will & Grace by Harold's Fonts Download Will & Grace

Typography Mania #4

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Typography Videos Typography Images

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #23

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #23

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#23 and make sure to comeback for more next week. Click here to view all Friday Fresh Free Fonts Kremlin Geogian by Bolt Cutter Design Download Kremlin Geogian Deibi by Wete Download Deibi Digitica by Samuel Delabarre Download Digitica 4th and Inches by Abdulmakesfonts Download 4th and Inches

ConceptualArt Case Study

Johannes Aagaard is an 21 old young Danish guy. He is an upcoming Illustrator, with a passion for typography, spectacular words, surrealism and colors. Aagaard have an huge passion for art, both digital, traditional, photography, design and lyric. In this article he shares with us a case study of a the work entitle ConceptualArt. We highly recommend that you check out his website at http://www.kongesuiten.dk/aagaardds I have tried to make some typography again, this piece is my first piece for a long time. Worked with colours, and mixing typography and illustration - just as I like it. "I'm not trying to do conceptual art" - It just happens! Animated Case Study

Typography Mania #3

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. Check out this weeks Mania and comeback in 7 days for more. Make sure to click on each image to go to original location where you can check out more work from each artist and designer. Typography Videos Typography Images

Old Style Typography Sign in Photoshop

Last weekend I was, once again, stuck waiting more than 4 hours in aiports. So I was checking out some skateboard deck designs and found an amazing one from Girl Skateboards. The cool thing about that design was the effect, reminded me of those old signs that were painted on the walls, in old factories and industries. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create an effect pretty similar to that one, but the idea of this tutorial is to show you how to select the correct Blend Modes when playing with textures. Also we will use Illustrator to create the font for our sign, in this case with the word Abduzeedo, of course :) Step 1 Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document, then go to View>Show Grid, then View>Snap To Grid. After that with the Rectangle Tool (M) create 2 squares like the image below. Use only stroke and leave it without fill. Step 2 Basicaly what we did in the first step was to create a module for the letters. Now duplicate 4 times to have modules for the letters A, B, D, U, Z, E. With the Direct Selection Tool (A) start deleting segments of the module in order to create the letters. It's really simple and won't take you more than 5 minutes. Step 3 Now increase the stroke to something like 50-60 pts. After that go to Object>Path>Outline Stroke. The stroke now will be transformed in a object with fill. Step 4 To create the 3D effect is pretty simple and we will use the Rectangle Tool (M). First thing is to create some references like the triangles 1 and 2. Then it's easy, it's just create other segments and with the Direct Selection Tool (A) you can edit the vertices. If you want to add points use the Pen Tool (P). Also I used 2 shades of orange, one lighter and one darker. So the light is coming from the top so the darker will be always at the bottom (3-6). Step 5 Here is just an idea of the whole process, once again, it's not complicated and it's a good exercise if you want to practice a little bit of Illustrator. Step 6 For the O you can go to Effect>Stylize> Round Corners. Use a small value, something like 2 or 3 for the Radius. Also duplicate the word Abduzeedo and fill it with black, go to Arrange>Send Back so it will be behind the 3D text. After that just add a little text using a Brush Script Std Medium font with red and just add a very light blue background. That's it, the illustrator part is done and it's a quite cool design already. Step 7 Now go to Photoshop. Create a new document. I'm using 1920 x 1200 pixels for the size. After that import a nice wooden texture with some peeling paint. The one I used is courtesy of Shutterstock and can be downloaded here. Step 8 Let's reduce a bit of the Saturation. Go to Image>Adjustments>Saturation. Change it to -40. That will make the blue a bit more grey. Step 9 Copy the Abduzeedo word from Illustrator and paste it in Photoshop. Choose Paste as Smart Objects in case you need to change the colors. Step 10 Duplicate the wooden texture and move it to the top, in front of the Abduzeedo word and go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Change the Blend Mode to Darker Color. The cool thing is that we get the blues and the brows of the peeling texture instead just black or dark shades if we had used Multiply for example. It's a great Blend Mode for this type of aged design. Step 11 Duplicate the texture and go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. Put it on top of the othe texture again as a Clip Mask. This time however change the Blend Mode to Multiply. The idea is to darken a little bit the word Abduzeedo. Step 12 Copy the shadow in Illustrator and paste in Photoshop behind the Abduzeedo 3D word. Step 13 Duplicate the background texture and go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. After that go to Images>Adjustments>Invert. Arrange the texture so it will be in front of the shadow layer. Step 14 Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. After that change the Blend Mode of the texture layer to Lighten. The Lighten Blend Mode is perfect because it will show the texture and lighten the very dark vector shadow, making the effect much more realistic. Step 15 With the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) create a white rectangle below the the Abduzeedo word. Step 16 Duplicate again the background wooden texture and go to Image>Adjustments>Invert. Step 17 Move the inverted text layer so it will be in front of the white rectangle. Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. After that, change the Blend Mode to Difference. Step 18 Duplicate the background texture again and go to Image>Adjustment>Desaturate. After that go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Increase the white input so the color of the texture turns to white. Step 19 Go again to Layer>Create Clipping Mask. Also reduce a little bit of the Opacity to 70%. Conclusion Now just add the final text again repeating the same process we did for the word Abduzeedo. The blend modes will be almost the same, but now we understand how the Darker Color and the Lighter Color work; and specially which cases to use it. Of course you can apply them in totally different ways, that's the best thing about Photoshop, you can always find new ways and solutions for the same problem. It's all about playing. Click on the image for full preview Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial