Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing type, part of Designing a Photo Book.
When choosing a typeface for your text, consider the following. …The type should be stylistically in keeping with the theme of the book. …If your theme is modernist architecture, for example, then choose a modernistic typeface. …If your theme is rooted in a particular time and a particular place, research …typefaces from that era and from that place. …But be careful. If readers of the book are more apt to …comment on your type choices than the photographs themselves, you have failed.…
The type is there to play a supporting role, not to trump the photograph. …Avoid at all costs trying to make the type look more personal by choosing a …fancy or decorative font. Thousands have come before you with the …same idea, and it didn't work for them, either. …It ends up looking amateurish and undermining the credibility of your images. …If your theme is a personal one, and you want your type to reflect that, scan your …own handwriting. You're the only person who writes the way …you do. Whatever your chosen style of typeface, …
- Making a flat plan and determining a schedule
- Choosing and sequencing your images
- Cropping images for maximum impacts
- Adjusting tone and color
- Printing duotones
- Adding text
- Designing the cover
- Comparing types of books
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Planning the Photo Book
2. The Page as a Canvas
3. Arranging Images on the Page
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