Character construction continues! I’m not going to get into every single character to show how it’s made from either the basic geometric shapes, or from parts of previously made characters, but I do have a few to share that I thought were the more interesting items. First off, let’s not forget that there’s punctuation to create as well! Some seem easy (for the pound/hashtag, it’s just two wide strokes and two narrow strokes), but some are more of a challenge. Here I made the braces (also known as curly brackets). . . Read More!
Welcome back! In part 1 of this series, we created a Font Creator file, and built our basic straight strokes. Now we’re going to make a few more basic shapes, and dig in with making some letters. Many of our letters can be made with those straight strokes, but you know there’s one more major shape that we’re going to need: We need a full-height circle as the base for the letter O. Then the letter O will serve as a building block for C, G, Q, and the zero.. . . Read More!
Many times I’ve had someone tell me, “I’d love to make fonts, but I just don’t have the creativity.” So I’m going to make a new font that uses nothing but some basic geometric shapes—primarily circles and rectangles—as the building blocks. No lettering skills necessary, just a bit of math! (And I’m totally using my computer’s calculator for that part.) You should also have a basic knowledge of using a pen tool with curves. I’ll be using Font Creator for all of the creation of this one, since it’s my. . . Read More!
Hey howdy hey, font fans! I’ve seen a couple of font questions come up lately, and have a solution for both. The questions are: – What do I do if I get a new font, but I already have a font installed with the same name? – Is there a way to rename my fonts so I can keep track of which ones have commercial licenses? This tutorial is going to show you how to change the name of a font inside its code, so that it displays with. . . Read More!
Yo, party people! I was asked to do this particular set of tutorials in video form, so I’m breaking away from my usual text-and-screenshot methods and stepping out of the ol’ comfort zone! Here are a pair of videos covering how to take a photo of a plain white object and making it so you can change the color of that object (video 1) and how to create a Photoshop smart object so you can easily place an endless number of designs in your mockup (video 1). Part 1, 15. . . Read More!
I’ve written a lot of tutorials and blog posts, and they’re scattered here, there, and everywhere. So for my own reference (And for yours, too!) I’m creating this one central post where I can find all of my blog posts, tutorials, and general rants about fonts and lettering in one place. FONT CREATION Creating a font from scratch, using all free programs – This was a very early post that covered some font-creation basics using Inkscape, GIMP, and FontForge. I don’t use those programs on the regular myself,. . . Read More!
Hello again! Back with another effect tutorial for the Procreate app in iOS. I’m calling this one “spooky,” since Halloween is just around the corner, but I guess it doesn’t have to be — you could draw a silhouette of a superstar singer, or a fabulous something/someone else, and have the lights and mist pouring around them. Anyhoo, my place is not to judge what you use this mist effect for. Let’s learn how to do it! I’m creating this one on the 4×6 size in Procreate; measurements and percentages. . . Read More!
Hello, all! I’m messing around again with trying to recreate Photoshop effects in Procreate. This time, I’m doing words created out of standing water! In this tutorial, we’re going to get really familiar with the layer menu. Especially the option farthest to the right: Select Contents. Learning about this option is going to open up lots of new experiments for me. (We’re also going to get quite a bit of use out of the Clear option here.) And as always, we’re going to create new layers for pretty much every. . . Read More!
Well hello, all! It’s been quite a while. The blog is taking a bit of a pivot, and I’ll hopefully be posting more frequently with more illustration, lettering, craft, and other artsy-fartsy things. I’ve been playing around with an iOS app called “Procreate” lately (yes, I also think the name is vaguely unsettling). It’s fabulous for all sorts of art, and I’ve used it for both cartooning and lettering projects. I’ve been thinking about trying to re-create some of the text effects I can get in Photoshop, and this is. . . Read More!
I’ve been working on my hand-lettering lately; I’ve always been able to do several types of regular handwriting, but now I’m getting fancier, so I can fold that skill into my graphic design portfolio. (Did you know that there’s a whole handlettering / calligraphy community out there? Tons of great stuff to check out. The Instagram hashtag “#handlettering” alone has almost two million entries.) I’ve acquired a few brushes and pens, most of them on the cheaper side, to see what I like. In my quest to find something that. . . Read More!