Category Archives: Typography

Articles on Typography

Creative Uses for Paragraph Rules in InDesign, Pt 2

Last time I shared a creative way to use paragraph rules in InDesign to make headers stand out; we looked at how to use them to put a block of color behind the words. This time, I was going to show you how to use both a Rule Above and Rule Below to create an effect, but when I was examining a few options, I realized that there was a much easier way to create the effect without using two rules.

Creative Uses for Paragraph Rules in InDesign, Pt 1

Adding blocks of color behind text seems to be popular these days. Is there a way to do this without creating actual shape boxes though? Why yes there is! Thanks for asking.

By modifying the paragraph rules found under paragraph panel flyout menu>Paragraph Rules… you can make these color blocks appear behind your text.

Want an example? Okie-dokie.

Photoshop Action Freebie: Light Writing Effect

Light writing styles are becoming quite popular in graphic design right now. There have been several tutorials from PSDtuts on the subject and one in particular that used letters and layers. It was a looong process to go through and change each letter on 20 different layers!

Well guess what! I have a Photoshop action for you (developed by my husband, Jerrol) that will do almost the same exact thing in a matter of seconds! The only difference is that it will not change the font for you. I think it looks just as good with all the same font (sometimes even better, depending on the effect you want), but you can always go in and change it after the action creates all the layers for you.

Just Because It’s a Website, Doesn’t Mean Typography Gets Thrown Out the Window

Typography on the Web is not something that a lot of designers take seriously. How can we apply good typography principles to websites when we can’t have total control over the user’s experience?

There are many sites that offer principles and tutorials on controlling type with CSS. WebTypography.net translates The Elements of Typographic Style to the Web and its author, Richard Rutter, also wrote an article at 24 Ways about Vertical Rhythm that’s worth checking out. Mark Boulton mentions this article in his entry, Incremental Leading, and Mark also gives us Five Simple Steps to Typesetting on the Web (and be sure you read the Five Simple Steps to Better Typography to get a better grasp on general typography principles). Unfortunately the Mark’s Web typography series doesn’t have all the posts linked in every section so here’s Part 1 (Glyphs), Part 2 (Dashes) and Part 3 (Printing the Web).

How in the World Do I Choose a Font Format?

When it comes to choosing a font for a project, it’s difficult to find the right style, not to mention worrying about whether or not it will print properly! You’ve probably heard terms like PostScript Type 1, TrueType and Open Type, but what do they all mean for you? If you don’t want to read […]

Developing Your Typography Skills

Graphic designers seem to always want to develop their typography skills. I wonder, though, if they are willing to put the time and effort into it, or if all they really want is to magically be able to pick the right typeface and adjust it perfectly. Being an expert when it comes to type is […]

Don’t Stroke Your Type!

The Problem One thing I’ve noticed designers do to make text stand out from the background is to give it a stroke. This does help, but stroking type is like giving it a faux bold in Photoshop! Please don’t! Most type designers have worked quite hard to make the proportions of their fonts perfect. When […]

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