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My Top 30 Fonts with the Sexiest Ampersands

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Whats your dream character? Small and curvy? Tall and strong? Whatever your type, you’ll see the most attractive glyphs in this typographic beauty contest. The ampersand is every typography addict’s favourite ligature, but which font has the best? I searched the world’s font foundries to create a showcase of the most beautiful ampersands, find the one that takes your fancy.

33 Free PSDs to Mockup Your Packaging Designs

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Out of all the different types of mockups, the templates featuring different types of packaging are probably the most useful for giving an insight into how your design will actually look when it’s printed or manufactured. This is especially true for boxes where the digital design can only be seen as a flat net, or bottle labels where the design will be curved around the product. In today’s post I round up a collection of free mockup templates for various packaging styles including bags, sleeves, boxes, bottles and more!

A History of Typeface Styles & Type Classification

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Typography is a complicated subject to learn, but starting with the history of type styles is a great way to gain an understanding of why there’s so many fonts, and why they look so different! Typefaces are divided up into classifications based on the era or characteristics of their design, which helps narrow down your options when choosing a font for your projects. Being able to identify a typeface style can help you make educated design decisions and choose the best font for your work depending on its use. In today’s post I give a brief overview of the main typeface classifications of serif and sans serif fonts that have emerged throughout the history of movable type.

30 Tutorials to Help You Master Photoshop’s 3D Tools

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I recently took the time to learn how to use Photoshop’s powerful 3D tools that are now included in versions CS6 Extended and CC. I found a bunch of online tutorials really useful that taught me how to extrude shapes, create environments, add materials and render the scene. The 3D interface is really daunting at first, but with these written and video tutorials you’ll be creating cool three dimensional designs with realistic lighting and reflections in no time!

Inspiration Showcase of Double Exposure Photography

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Double exposure photography is the name of the original process where two photographs are exposed onto the same piece of film, resulting in interesting and surreal pictures. While this style is rooted in analog photography, it’s also popular with digital photographers and artists/designers who can replicate the effect in Photoshop, as I recently described in my video tutorial. Both the analog and digital techniques generate beautiful images, as you can see from today’s inspiration showcase of 45 examples of double exposure photography.

30 Stunning Packaging Designs for Liquor Bottles

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Back in January in created a showcase of beer bottle label & packaging designs that featured some fantastic artwork for craft beers. Many of those designs aimed for a small scale, low cost look with hand crafted illustrations, which is in complete contrast to the sophisticated theme of liquors. In today’s roundup I present 30 stunning packaging designs for whiskey, vodka and rum bottles. See how they make use of intricate illustrations, special print effects and premium packaging materials to create upmarket brands.