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Photoshop Tutorial – Sketch text effect

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a sketch like effect on paper. Let’s get started. For this tutorial we will require a paper background on which we will create a sketched look. You can use any font for this tutorial, however we have used a free font called “boris black bloxx” from

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Getting Creative with Typography – the appeal of popular culture

Type designers are not just concerned with the elements of good design. Influence is also sought in the vernacular and every day culture that surrounds. Every once and a while a particular style or movement will affect a designer and a new direction for type is marked. Type with Personality Many innovations in type come

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Font Aesthetics – Simplified

Typefaces have numerous variations. Each with their own set of classifications. This can become confusing… What’s the difference between black, heavy and ultra-black? Or what about the difference between semi-bold and medium? What makes things worse is there exists no standardised naming system for fonts, as a heavy black or ultra does not necessarily specify

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Best Font Stacks – well some of them anyway

As discussed in a previous article; font stacking is basically a list of fall-backs for substitution in case the primary font is not available on the destination computer. This erroneous option of font delivery is best used in combination with other methods as a failsafe or as a primary option if aesthetics is secondary to

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Photoshop Tutorial – Text Effects using the Blur filter

In this tutorial, we will see four creative text effects created using the variants of the “Blur” Tool. The process of applying blur filters is really simple and easy and can be combined with other filters as well. Note that the first four steps will be the same for all the effects. Let us begin.

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Font Hosting Services – worth their weight?

As discussed in a previous article, there are webfont services delivering optimised fonts to browsers through custom CSS. The service part of the agreement means that they host the font, the CSS part evokes the deal on the receiving end. This has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Unlike some open-source providers sporting appropriated

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Google Fonts – the path of least resistance

As discussed in a previous blog article; Google Fonts is the alternative for those who do not wish to pay for fonts yet still want some attractive typographical options with their content. Like most technical services there are a few considerations and limitations to ponder upon before deciding to spend time playing around with Google.

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Self-Hosting Fonts – sounds like work!

As discussed in a previous article, self-hosting fonts basically allows you a higher level of control over font delivery. The font options available are of high quality and what’s more you are not relying on someone else’s service to make your fonts available 24-7. This option is probably a more involved process than other methods,

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eCommerce WordPress Themes: April 2015

Today we present a stunning collection of our favorite ecommerce wordpress themes available at the moment. These themes are compatible with a wide selection of wordpress ecommerce plugins such as Jigoshop, WooCommerce and WP E-Commerce just to name a few. No matter what type of online store that you have in mind, we are confident

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Logo Design Inspiration: April 2015

Ok, so you have a new client on-board who wants a new logo for their business. You’ve produced some killer designs in the past and are looking for something just as good (or if not better!) for your new client. But you’re stuck for fresh ideas. Fear not, here are a bunch of great logo

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