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Welcome to this installment of Type Project, where Nigel French shows you how to choose historically appropriate typefaces and apply design treatment to fit a particular style. Here he uses Illustrator and Photoshop to create a type treatment inspired by Grunge—the style most commonly associated with the music scene that originated in Seattle in the 1980s and 90s, and continues to resonate today. Learn how to create a background "wall" of type using Illustrator symbols, delete the counter spaces, and distress the design with dirty type.
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Hi, I'm Nigel French. In this episode of the Type Project series we'll be using Illustrator and Photoshop to create a typographic treatment in a style inspired by Grunge. A design movement popular in the mid 1990s, and a style that continues to resonate today. We'll see how to choose historically appropriate type, and how to treat it to create a look that evokes the style.
Here are some of the techniques we'll be using. Creating a background of distress type through the use of Illustrator symbols. Deleting the counters or interior shapes of letters. Using an opacity mask to knock out a tight shape and distressing our design with the use of a dirty texture. Let's get started.
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