Type Project: Victorian Ad

with Nigel French
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Type Project: Victorian Ad
Video duration: 0s 1h 8m Intermediate


Graphic design from the Victorian era (roughly 1837 to 1901) is embodied by its ornate, decorative elements, which seem to conflict with our more modern and restrained aesthetic. But the craftsmanship and elegance of these designs can still provide inspiration for your own. In this short course, designer Nigel French provides a historical background on Victorian type and then takes you through a step-by-step process to create a new design inspired by a nineteenth-century original. He shows how to choose period-appropriate typefaces and demonstrates Illustrator and Photoshop techniques applicable to any time frame, including skewed type paths, offset shadows, woodcut-style shading, framing devices, and texture.

Check out the Pinterest board for this course at Victorian Typography for more inspiration.



- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Nigel French. Welcome to Type Project: Victorian Ad. In this short course we'll create a typographic treatment in a style inspired by Victorian design. Using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, we'll create a pastiche inspired by this 19th century French perfume advertisement. In doing so, we'll look at choosing historically appropriate typefaces, and how to apply and refine several useful techniques, all of which are applicable to more than just Victorian inspired design.

These techniques include creating skewed path type, adding and refining offset shadows, adding woodcut shading, adding a frame and other decorative elements, and finally bringing the piece to life by adding texture. Let's get started.

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