Cursive type, whether a script font or hand-lettered, often features elegant swashes and overlapping strokes. One way artists emphasise the curvature of their type is to apply shading, which adds an illusion of depth to the lettering piece. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you how to produce a shaded type effect in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll use a script font as the basis of our typography, then apply a series of gradients to give the impression that the letter strokes interweave and overlap.
Logo designs made in the style of line art are still a pretty popular trend at the moment, they feature simplified illustrations to produce a minimalist design. This style seems particularly common amongst outdoors themed logo designs, often including landscape scenes made entirely of lines, composed into a badge style layout. In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’ll take you through the process of creating your own line art badge logo. Despite creating the whole design with just lines, we’ll still incorporate a variety of useful Illustrator tips and techniques.
Color splash is a classic photo effect that goes by many names; selective colour, spot colour, colour isolation, partial colour, colour accent and many more! It’s made by converting a photograph to black and white, but leaving a specific colour intact, which produces a striking effect that highlights specific areas of the image. Typically the effect focuses on bright reds, yellows or blues, which is the colour of the main subject within the photo. In today’s tutorial I show you how to create the effect in Photoshop by picking out the hue using the Color Range selection method, then we’ll complement it with a couple of additional enhancements.
In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you some simple steps to give your type the appearance of soft and fuzzy animal fur. The process makes use of a real animal fur texture, which in this example is that of a Leopard, but a variety of results can be achieved by using source photos of different furry animals. The fur photograph will take care of the realism in the centre of the text, but we’ll also use a custom Photoshop brush to apply the soft fur effect to the edges of the hard letter edges, followed by some finishing touches to enhance the appearance.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial we’re going to create a vibrant piece of vector artwork featuring three dimensional type from an isometric viewpoint. This isometric type effect is commonly combined with bright colours to produce a fun design style. Adobe Illustrator is the perfect tool to create such an effect; the 3D Extrude & Bevel tool easily generates an accurate isometric layout, then the artwork can then be broken down into individual vector shapes for easy customisation with colourful fills and detailed patterns.
Last month I posted a brief overview and roundup of Color Fonts, the latest development in the world of typography. Unlike traditional fonts, Color Fonts contain full colour graphics for each character, which means creative text styles can now be typed out directly in Photoshop and Illustrator, without the need for any additional effects to be applied. The people behind Fontself reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try out their tool for creating custom Color Fonts, so in today’s tutorial I’ll take you through the process of how I created my first Color Font with ease, using the Fontself extension for Adobe Photoshop.