Posts tagged typography
100 Fonts Everyone Should Have (part 7)

Hello there! I love fonts just as much (if not more) than the next person. I love to collect them. So I've compiled for you a list of 100 Free Fonts that everyone should have in their collection! I'll be posting them 10 at a time, so keep on the lookout for the next set!

Register for Type-ology today!

Hi there! My newest class, Type-ology: Designing with Fonts & Type is now available as a self-paced class! When you register, you'll receive instant, permanent access to the course, which includes more than 6 hours of step-by-step video instruction, gorgeous PDF companion sheets, and lots of extras! 

Here is the syllabus, which includes EIGHT beautiful projects, including seven posters and a gorgeous mini-album you'll design and create yourself:

  • Lesson 1: Details Poster: Getting acquainted with the anatomy of letterforms
  • Lesson 2: Type as PatternSlab serif and outlined type creates a pattern for a poster or a card
  • Lesson 3: Mixing Fonts & BrushesUse block sans and script with watercolor brushes
  • Lesson 4: Exploring & Collecting FontsUse tags and albums to identify, collect, and compare fonts of various styles at
  • Lesson 5a: History of Type, 15th-18th Centuries
  • Lesson 5b: History of Type, 19th Century
  • Lesson 6: Wood Type Poster: Create a poster using fonts patterned after 19th century wood type
  • Lesson 7: Font Mixing, Forever Young PosterSelectively mix fonts from different eras and add ligatures
  • Lesson 8: Font Management for the Hoarder, er, Hobbyist
  • Lesson 9: Love Poster: Use Photoshop patterns on type, and create a grid for a poster
  • Lesson 10: Cricket CollageCreate a collage using an offset grid and LOTS of layers to mimic a paper from Cosmo Cricket
  • BONUS LESSON: Collage Mini-album: Use a grid and the Cricket Collage to create a quick and beautiful mini-album

Here are some of the projects you'll create as part of this class: 

From Type-ology, Lesson 1

From Type-ology, Lesson 3

From Type-ology, Lesson 6

From Type-ology Lessons 9 and 10

n this class you'll learn about the history of type, the anatomy of letterforms, how to mix elements like Photoshop Brushes and patterns with fonts, and how to manage your ever-growing font stash. This is a must-have class for any digital scrapbooker, digital crafter, or designer! It's available at a special limited price of $45.00 (14$ off!)

You can register today for instant, permanent access, with over 6 hours of video instruction that streams to any device! This makes it easy to view the class on your phone or tablet, and create the projects on your computer.

As always, if you find this class isn't right for you, simply contact me and I'll give you a full refund. Register for Type-ology at today!

Introducing The Type-ology Workshop

Hi there!! I'm excited to announce the first class for 2015 will be my newest Type-ology Workshop

This 2 week course will run from February 2 to February 13, with each lesson being released on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Registration will open Monday January 12! 

In the Type-ology Workshop you will get the chance to expand your design skills and maximize your font stash as we explore letterforms and create projects with single letters, several lines, and even paragraphs.

I hope you come along and enjoy this wonderful workshop! 

One for Sunday: The Hour I First Believed

I've been working on this little poster for a couple of days now, and I thought that today would be a good time to post it. :) This is one of my all-time favorite hymns, and these particular lines have special meaning.

I love the reminder that one of our most precious gifts is the Grace of Heaven. Even though various (Christian) faiths have differing definitions of what Grace really is and what exactly being saved means, I think this hymn resonates with all believers. It speaks the truth about the Atonement of Christ for our sins, that through the incomprehensible sacrifice He made, He extends his Grace to give each of us the chance to reach Heaven. This is the truth I remember every time I see or sing these words, from back in my own life in the hour I first believed, right down to this very hour, and it fills me with peace.

That hour, and this hour too. By Jessica Sprague.

That hour, and this hour too. By Jessica Sprague.

I hope this brightens your day! Please feel free to contact me if you would like the high-resolution file for printing in poster size.  

 I'm thinking about doing a series of lines from hymns in this same style. What do you think?





Photoshop Friday Summer #2: Half-circle Journaling

Happy Photoshop Phriday! It's time this week for episode 2 of Photoshop Friday Baker's Dozen. This week I've got a tutorial featuring awesome half-circle shaped journaling. In Photoshop Elements, I'll show you how to use a pre-made shaped journaling file to fill in your own text. And in Photoshop CS6 I'll show you how to create your OWN shaped journaling with the shape tools! YAY!

Here's the project we'll make with the template I include in the class: 

Half-circle journaling in today's episode of Photoshop Friday!

Half-circle journaling in today's episode of Photoshop Friday!

In this layout I use goodies from Echo Park. 

You can head right over here to grab my brand-new Photoshop Friday Summer Baker's Dozen series, which will keep you learning through my weekly tutorials throughout the entire summer - all 13 weeks between now and the end of August!  

With the discount you'll receive, each tutorial, with its video lesson, Photoshop template, downloadable/printable PDF file, and extra goodies is only a couple bucks each! Go check out the Photoshop Friday Summer Baker's Dozen right here. 

Remember that ALL of my classes/lessons/tutorials are always available to you forever, so head over and grab the Photoshop Friday Baker's Dozen summer series now, and learn through the summer! (I won't be selling the tutorials individually - gotta grab the set!) :) 

Have a wonderful weekend and a super Photoshop Friday! 



Tech Tuesday, Week 1: Organizing Fonts

Hi there! I’m going to start a new Tuesday series, which I’m going to call Tech Tuesday. Catchy, no? Every week we’ll discuss all things technology + memory keeping. Probably closely related to, but not involving actual Photoshop, which is still what Photoshop Friday is for. ;) Feel free to put requests in the comments as well, and I’ll take a look at them for future Tech Tuesdays!

January’s theme is Organization.

We chose this one because the New Year is a natural time to take a look around you and notice all the piles of crap items slightly out of place, and feel like hey, I could fix this! and wouldn’t life be better if I did?

Like how good it feels when you dump all your socks out of your sock drawer and get a divider and sort out the uglies, the singles, and the holey ones, and then put them back in folded neatly and sorted by color? That feels good.

Also, sock drawers are projects that don’t take very long, which also feels good. Can’t say that about everything, right? Unfortunately, you can’t say that about today’s topic, either. :\

This month I’m going to be talking in general about organizing your tech life. And today, I’ll be talking specifically about organizing FONTS.

Trouble with fonts, is that if your font collection is pushing 3000+ (ahem), organizing this mess ain’t no little sock drawer. More like a four-bedroom house.

However, it’s best to make a start, yes? And type can be so incredibly powerful, that in the end, it’ll be worth it. I think for most of us, we download a font thinking it’s cute and useful and then it goes into oblivion in our filesystem. And heaven help us if we ever need to find “just that right scuffy block serif” font for a project.

Step 1: Get a Font Management Program

First off, if you are on Windows, you need a font organizing program. Turns out the fine folks at Apple thoughtfully included one on Macs (called FontBook, which you can learn more about). But on Windows, no such luck. However, there is an array of products you can use, and after doing a bunch of research, I’ve settled on one I’d like to share with you.

My criteria for judging a great font manager is pretty simple, actually. What I want is the ability to categorize fonts using some kind of tagging system (not actually moving fonts into folders), and be able to quickly access fonts with that tag so I can compare them as a group. The ability to add multiple tags/categories to a single font is also critical. So a font can be Script, Handwriting, and Have Multiple Weights, and Have Alts, for example (I’ll share the tags I use here in a second).

Other features, such as install/uninstall aren’t as important to me.

Nexus Font by Xiles

Nexus Font The first one is for Windows only, but is absolutely FREE. And I am still trying to believe it, because this application is pretty darned awesome.

First off, the program itself is really small. Not a lot of extra mess in there, both from a literal program-size standpoint, and from a visual UI standpoint. It focuses on the things I really want from a font manager, which are, above all:

  • The ability to categorize my fonts with tags, and
  • The ability to quickly locate a particular tag from a list.

That way when I’m looking for a scuffy typewriter font, I can click the tag for “Typewriter Dirty” and see the fonts I’ve tagged in a list to compare them.

I can change the font size, style, and color, and choose from a pre-set alphabet preview or type my own (gotta see whether the & sign is any good, right?). I can search for a font.

And the last one is a great feature for me, but which you might find a different use for - and that is the ability to add a little tag that is separate from the category list. For example, I can add the tag “commercial” to all my commercial fonts without having to add them to a category, and add the “personal” tag to all the personal ones. Since I teach with type so often, I can also tag the items I’ve found at, vs. other sites so it’s easy to see where students would need to go to download this font.

Here is a screen shot so you can get an idea of what the interface looks like. Nice and clean. Love it.

Nexus Font. Click for larger.

Step 2: Create Categories

This step is kind of an evolving process, because everyone is different and everyone has different ways of categorizing fonts. I have a pretty good collection, and pretty specific ways I am thinking about fonts when I go to find one, so I’ve generated a list of font categories (Nexus Font calls them “sets” you can start with if you like:


Step 3: Organize Fonts

Now comes the heavy lifting, which is really the most time-consuming part after you’ve settled on a tool and made some categories. This can take tens of hours or hundreds of hours, depending on how large your collection is. Daunting, yes. But if it’s broken into bite sizes, maybe better.

So let’s start a font-organizing challenge for this last two weeks of January. We have 15 days. So tally up the number of fonts you have, then divide by 15. This is how many you’ll have to categorize every day to get them all done in a couple of weeks. And what a start to the new year!

Ready to take on the font organizing challenge? I’ll check back at the end of January to see how we’ve done!

Happy Cataloging!