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Working On My Use Of Fonts In Photography and Graphics

I’ve been updating my understanding of modern HTML5 and CSS3. One of my weaknesses has always been graphic design. It was one of the things that stopped me from wanting to start a freelance web design business. Seeing I’m on a self improvement kick, I figured it was time to update some of those design skills as well.

One of the things I’ve wanted to work at for a while now, is how I utilize fonts in graphics and photography. I’ll be sharing a bunch of my work on Twitter and other social media sites. I spent the afternoon playing around with some font work. I’ve got a long way to go but I did like the way this one turned out.

I’m not going to do a full out tutorial on this, although I will be posting tutorials again soon. I did want to share this though, and just briefly explain how I created it.

photo and c;loud quote

Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground.

This was a simple edit I did, taken from a blurry image I took at the boat races. I cropped out a section of the image because I loved the way the clouds looked. Then using Gimp I went to Filters/Map/Make Seamless. That gave me the layered cloud effect and it can also be used as a website background or graphic filler without the text now.

Here’s the image I took the clouds from. Terrible composition and blurry.

blurry image of boat races.

I cut out the clouds from the upper right hand corner. Added some text with an inspirational quote.

The font I used is called CAC Champagne. The text was written out in sky blue lettering. I created a second transparent layer then created an alpha selection with the lettering. I grew the alpha selection by 2 pixels, then used a black flood fill on the transparent layer. I then removed the alpha selection and used a gaussian blur on the blue lettering.

I really like the way the font effect came out. I’m planning on doing a bunch of these inspirational style quotes as a way to improve my font work. I’ll post my progress to the blog regularly. I’m not the greatest at Gimp, but I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made with the program. The important thing is that my clients seem happy with the work.

Here’s another image I posted to my Twitter earlier.

inspirational quote and photo of bird

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

One of the most important things I’m learning is how a font can set the tone or feeling of the project you’re working on. Whether it’s photography, graphic work, or web design, the font selected helps set the tone of your content. I experiment with colors, tones and fonts till the project has the right feel to me.

Holy Spamming Asshats Batman.

So I just logged into my blog for the first time in a week or so. Holy spamming asshats Batman. I’ve never seen so many people concerned about how much web traffic I get to my blog, and the poor English is hysterical. “Thanks my friends for information site, was much helpful and what I looking for”. With a link to counterfeit football jerseys.

For the most part some of the comments were funny to read. Anyway, this gave me a good reason to try out some new textures I found and also a font I just downloaded which if you like can be downloaded here. Thanks @fonts2u for the tweet on this free font.  The anarchy symbol is not part of the font set.

So this wasn’t what I wanted to post today, but everyone loves the occasional rant. On top of that, I got to test out some textures I downloaded, and also a great free font. Because I just didn’t want to bitch and moan about internet spammers and not at least leave you with some freebies as usual , this post contains a link to some free fonts which I hope you download and enjoy.

I wonder if my fellow bloggers enjoy as much spam as me. This post is becoming spam. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment, but it might get buried in the spam.

clogging the arteries of the internet one post at a time.

Personally I think fried Spam and eggs rocks for morning breakfast. If you’ve never tried, run out to the store and get some, you won’t be disappointed.