4 fonts to increase your text drive

4 Fonts to Increase Your Text Drive

If you’re a text fiend like me, you know choosing proper fonts for any type of application can make or break it (no pressure). Luckily, there are a lot of super talented typeface makers out there that create solid solutions to pull you out of – what can sometimes feel like – a font options abyss. You just need to know what you’re looking for. This is the first in a new monthly post of my current favorite fonts, free or purchased, that I can’t get enough of or would highly recommend for a specific purpose. Below each font, I’ll list what I like and dislike, which type of application I would use it for, how I’d use it, and what kind of typeface I would pair it with. So, month no.1, here we go! Read more…

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Freebie: Hand Drawn Vector Flourishes

Happy Tuesday! This week’s freebie is a set of 20 unique hand drawn vector flourishes. Add a decorative/handmade touch to any layout! Download includes all 20 flourishes as an ai + eps file for versions of Adobe Illustrator, CS3 or newer. Preview and download link below :) Read more…

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How to Create a Retro Style Graduation Announcement in Adobe Illustrator

With graduation season fast approaching, I recently added a new item to creative market – a retro style graduation announcement. In this video tutorial, I show how I made the entire template from scratch, using only Adobe Illustrator. The final file is print ready @300dpi CMYK and is sized 5″x7″ with 1/8″ bleeds on all sides. Read more…

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How to Save an Illustrator File Down to an Older Version

Saving down an Illustrator file is one of my most common habits as a designer. Whether I’m making templates or creating a logo for a client, I always save my Illustrator files down to at least CS3, so anyone who has older software will still be able to open and edit the files I provide. Much like InDesign, if you save a file in a recent version, like CS6, someone working in CS4 wouldn’t be able to open that file. In this quick tip tutorial, I show how easy it is to save an Illustrator file down to an older version of Illustrator. Read more…

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Freebie: To Do List Printable

It has been a crazy last month for me. I’ve been working some late nights finishing up a new website for a client. With those late nights came plenty of ‘to-do’ lists for the next day/morning/end of day. I’ve got a sketchbook I keep next to my keyboard at work and I think the last 5 pages all have multiple lists on them! So I thought – as long as these lists exist, they might as well look good :) So! This week’s freebie is one very good looking to do list to make all the items on it a little easier to bear. Pdf includes the to do list in 4 different colors: orange, plumb, seafoam and cape cod blue. Each one measures 3.5″x7″ and can be printed with your home printer. Read more…

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Freebie: Hand Drawn Vector Numbers

Happy Tuesday! This week’s freebie is a set of retro style vector numbers. Download comes as an ai and eps file for versions of Adobe Illustrator, CS3 or higher. Read more…

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Quick Tip: How to Add Page Numbers in InDesign

I remember being in college, creating corporate identity guidelines and having no idea how to put page numbers on at the end! I tried figuring it out myself before googling and applying them in a way I was sure wasn’t the ‘right’ way. Fast forward to 3 years after college and I was creating a catalog I had to apply page numbers to the right way. Once I knew what I was doing, I promised myself I wouldn’t be googling it again. So to make this easy on anyone who might be finding themselves in a similar situation – googling with no sense of certainty – I decided to make a quick tip tutorial on applying page numbers in InDesign. Read more…

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How to Create a Basic Animated Gif in Photoshop

In this week’s tutorial, I use some simple vector elements to create a basic animated gif in photoshop. We go through the steps of setting up an RGB web artboard in illustrator to create our elements, setting up the correct photoshop file to create the animated gif, and finally, we save for web and properly export our animated gif. Read more…

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Freebie: Birthday Gift Tags

Happy Tuesday! This Friday is my golden birthday – I turn 28 on the 28th, so I’m celebrating with some birthday goodies this week :) Today’s freebie is a pdf printable with all 8 birthday gift tags shown. The rectangular tags are roughly 3″x1.5″ and the circular tags are 2″ in diameter. Read more…

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How to use Data Merge in Adobe InDesign

In this week’s tutorial, I demonstrate the data merge function in InDesign – a great tool for applying variable data in bulk to the same application. In this example, I apply different names to the same certificate at the same time and create a high resolution pdf with crop and bleed marks for final output. Read more…

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