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By Nigel French | Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Put Textures or Pictures Inside of Text

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Putting a picture or texture inside of letter shapes is sometimes irresistible. Remember the thrill you felt the first time you filled a word or phrase with a picture? I do—and I’ve been working to improve on it every since.

All of the Big Three—InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop—allow you to place pictures inside of text shapes in similar but sometimes confusingly different ways.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

By Von Glitschka | Monday, August 17, 2015

Conquering a Hand-Lettering Challenge—Fearlessly

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Over the last three years I’ve branded the local TEDx event here in my hometown of Salem, Oregon. This year’s theme was “Fearless,” which made me think a lot about my own fear of failure in the context of design and creativity.

The logos I had designed for the previous two TEDx Salem events were what I’d call aesthetically “clean” and they were appropriate—but clean just didn’t seem fearless to me.

So I decided to try something I’d never done before and to ignore any fear of failure. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I wouldn’t let fear stop me.

By John Roshell | Friday, August 07, 2015

Create a Font — Out of Your Own Handwriting

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When people find out I’ve created hundreds of fonts for the comic book and video game industries over the last 20 years, one of the first things they ask is, “Can you make a font of my handwriting?”

The answer is “of course!” But even better, you can create a font out of your handwriting!

It’s actually not too hard to get a basic font up and running using your smartphone camera, Adobe Illustrator, and Glyphs Mini, a low-cost but remarkably powerful little font editing app. You can buy a license for Glyphs mini from the Apple App Store or the Glyphs site for $49, or try it free for 30 days.

Trust me: Typing out words in a font you’ve created is a thrill. So let me show you how to make a handwriting font.

By John Roshell | Thursday, May 07, 2015

How I Created the Angry Birds Logo (Yes, That One)

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As a graphic designer working in the comic-book industry, I’ve created hundreds of logos over the past 20 years: Spider-ManThe X-Men, DaredevilThe Avengers

But the most well-known logo I’ve ever designed wasn’t for a comic book at all. It was an unexpected request that came from a couple of Finnish video game designers with a hit app.

And it came together pretty quickly—using a Sharpie and some scratch paper.

Here’s how I designed the Angry Birds logo:

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 05, 2015

Author Spotlight: Typography Whiz Ina Saltz

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Get to know the art director, designer, writer, photographer, and professor who teaches our Foundations of Typography series.

A former design director at Time Magazine, Ina Saltz authored the Body Type books on typographic tattoos and co-authored the award-winning book Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History and Practice of Typography.

Her favorite typefaces are Requiem, Bickham Script, and Franklin Gothic No. 2, and her favorite characters are &, Q, Z, and R.

In this Q&A, Ina tells us about her favorite teachers (she worked with Hermann Zapf!), and why typography matters.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 02, 2014

Our Biggest Fan? He Completed 100 Courses in 10 Years!

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People come to lynda.com for different reasons. Some come to learn a particular software. Some come to master a skill. Some come to complete a project.

David Black came to learn InDesign and Photoshop for his printing business 10 years ago—and, well, he never left.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, June 29, 2014

How To Use Web Fonts

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Fonts used to be limited in number and flexibility for web designers. Those days are over. Although web typography still isn’t perfect, support for rich browser-based typography is comprehensive enough to stop waiting. It’s time to make your site’s text as beautiful as its layout and design by learning how to use web fonts in your designs.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Creating a great design: No image, no problem!

No image? No problem!

Explore this course at lynda.com.

What do you do when you’re faced with creating a great design—but have no images to bring variation and interest to the piece? John McWade’s answer to this common challenge is to use more white space, also known as negative space. This is the portion of a page left unmarked, such as margins, gutters, and space between columns, lines of type, and graphics. It may sound like a simplistic solution, but it’s a great way to make your design more dynamic, and attract your viewer’s attention.

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