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Create Super Glossy 3D Typography in Illustrator and Photoshop

Create Super Glossy 3D Typography in Illustrator and Photoshop

Age Progression, Text Effect, typography
In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to create super glossy 3D typography using Illustrator and Photoshop. Let’s get started!Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new RGB document, 1000px by 800px, 72 DPI, and write your text in a nice big font. I’ve used Marketing Script size 234pt.Step 2 Next, with you text selected, go to Object > Expand, and hit ok on the pop up window. Our text is no longer editable as text, instead it’s a series of paths that we can edit with the direct selection tool.Currently, our letters are separate objects grouped together, we want them to be one single compound path. We can do this using the Unite button on the Pathfinder Palette. If you don’t see the Pathfinder Palette, go Window > Pathfinder to show it, and with our paths selected, cl...
Use Google Sketchup and Photoshop to Create 3D Typography

Use Google Sketchup and Photoshop to Create 3D Typography

Age Progression, Text Effect, typography
Photoshop is a powerful application on its own merits. Its power, however, can be significantly increased by using it in tandem with another application like Illustrator, Cinema 4D, or in this case, Google Sketchup. Today, we will create some cool 3D text using this free architectural application.Step 1 Begin by downloading the free version of Google Sketchup here. When you first open Sketchup, you’ll be prompted with a dialog box asking what style to begin with. I have chosen the simple style, with blue sky and green ‘grass’ (this is completely your preference, it will have no effect on your final outcome). Open the main tool box by clicking View > Tool Palettes > Large Tool Set. There are a few tools we’ll make a lot of use of, so it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with th...
Create Animal Textured Typography

Create Animal Textured Typography

Age Progression, Text Effect, typography
In this tutorial we are going to create fun, realistic, animal textured, 3D typography in Photoshop using CS5′s Repousse tool. Let’s get started!Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.Leopard Texture Zebra Image Snake Image Reptile Eye Elephant texture Elephant trunk Hat Cat image Horse Image Tiger Image Frog ImageStep 1 – Document Setup Open a new Photoshop file that should be 17 inches width and 11 inches high with a resolution of 300 pixel/inch.Step 2 – Background First we a re going to create a simple background. I want the final background to be really bright so I can show off the letters properly but it would make it a little bit hard to work on, so I’m just going to put a subtle gradient that we c...
Create “Cool” Typography Using Paths in Photoshop

Create “Cool” Typography Using Paths in Photoshop

Text Effect, typography
In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create some "cool" custom typography. Let’s get started!Tutorial Assets The following images were used during the production of this tutorial.White flower Yellow flowerWorking with Paths We will use the circle path and parts of it and stroke them with brush. Pick Ellipse Tool (U) and choose Path option on the properties panel. This way you will create circle path and not the shape. Hold Shift and create a perfect circle.Pick the Brush tool (B). Use big, hard edges brush. Press F5 to get brush properties panel. Set Spacing to 10% and uncheck Shape Dynamics.Create a new layer, and with Brush tool choosing press Alt + Enter. That will stroke the path with your brush properties.Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Note that no o...

15 top typography resources

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Want to learn or hone your skills in the art of typography? Then check out these top online typography resources, where you'll find tons of advice and inspiration. The web is a wonderful thing, brimming with resources and tutorials for people wanting to learn about the discipline and see some examples of beautiful and innovative typography to inspire. But, sometimes, too much choice can be confusing, so we've picked some top sites that will really help you get to grips with it. Check them out - and let us know if we've left out any of your favourite resources in the comments below...Also read: What is typography? Learn the basic rules and terms of type01. We Love Typography Feast your eyes on all the gorgeous work featured on We Love TypographyWe Love Typography is type heav...

80 top-quality typography tutorials

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The web's best typography tutorials - all gathered together in one place. Bookmark this amazing resource now!Whatever your discipline, typography is an essential part of design, and you can never stop learning about it or improving your typography skills. To help you out, we've gathered together the most amazing typography tutorials from around the web.Learn how to design a headline typeface, create isometric 3D lettering, smelt your favourite font and much more. You're bound to find something that can help you raise your type skills to the next level...Download the best free fontsRefresh the basics01. A crash course in typography: The basics of typeIt's probably wise to get back to basics before you go running off into the typography sunset. Here, Cameron Chapman gives you the lowdow...

35 typography Twitter accounts you must follow

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Seeking typography-related tips, updates and inspiration? Head to Twitter and follow our favourite type-centric accounts, plus those suggested by a selection of leading designers.In the world of typography, there's no shortage of fresh design inspiration and new font releases around to get your creative juices flowing. But where do you find it? Twitter is a good place to keep on top of new developments, but the social media site can often be an overwhelming experience if you don't know where to look.So to help you out, we've rounded up this list of the best accounts for typographers and font lovers. Follow these accounts and we guarantee you'll get your regular font fix in no time!Based in Barcelona, Laura Meseguer is a freelance designer, letterer and graphic designer. Through her...

Create 3D typography in minutes

3D, Cinema 4D, Tips, typography
How would a beginner create 3D typography? Fabian Malovo tells you how.Creating 3D typography can be quite complicated. Here Frankie shows you how to remain in controlYou can create text directly in Cinema 4D, which is great so definitely have a play with that first. The next step would be to try to importing typography or logos from another application.In most 3D software the starting principles are the same – create your typography in Illustrator, this enables you to easily mock various designs and layouts quickly using whatever font you like – plus tons of control!Outline your artwork using View>Outline and then save down as an Illustrator 8 Version.If using Cinema 4D, drag and drop this new .ai file into a new scene; and there you should see your outlined spline typography.Plug...

Computer Arts Collection: Typography

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The second issue of Computer Arts Collection, a brand new six-part annual series packed with insight and inspiration from the global design industry, is on sale now. It's dedicated to typography and type design, and an essential addition to any creative professional's studio bookshelf - available in WHSmiths in the UK, or online.Scroll down for a bit more info on what's in all the key sections this issue, or if you prefer, here's a special 25-page digital preview of the first two issues.If you've seen enough, you'll need to subscribe to Computer Arts Collection before 26th February to be sure of receiving issue three (Illustration).KEY SECTIONS Spread from Folio section in Computer Arts Collection issue two FOLIOOur carefully curated selection of type-focused work from a...
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Get started with type designStop using other people's typefaces and create your own. Aaron Kitney gives some pointers on how to get started.As a designer, once you develop a passion for typography, the logical next step is to want create your own lettering, and new technological developments are making this easier than ever. In this article I'll explain how to get started and suggest some expert resources that can help you along the way... Taking the plunge Like most areas of design, the best place to start is the sketchbookThe first typeface you design is the hardest: this is a craft that takes years to master. But don't let that stop you. Designing your own typeface will make you appreciate letterforms more, and train your eye to analyse the ...