Create Brush Lettering with a Nib!

create brush lettering with a nib

Michelle and I have been doing a ton of prep work for our soon to launch ‘Photoshop for Lettering Artists’ class, we have taught many on-line classes in the past but we have never filmed one (insert nail biting here). I of course the sleep deprived and harried mama who was supposed to be in charge of lettering supplies for props and demo for our trailer brought the wrong paper, I just grabbed a pad that I thought would be fine–well it wasn’t. We then proceeded to go through stacks of paper that Michelle had on hand and had a very serendipitous discovery!  Michelle handed me some smooth matte paper, it’s actually a fave or hers for printing photos and I went to work, what happened was nothing short of magic for me, the ink bloomed when it flowed from my nib and gave me a beautiful ‘brush’ effect. Why is this such a happy accident? Well, for those like myself that have tried unsuccessfully to work with a brush this gives you the control of the nib but the organic lines of a brush and it dries nice and matte which is perfect for scanning or shooting with your Iphone! We created a couple of Photoshop brushes for you so you can use them and see the texture of the lettering, it may not translate as well in the photo, but trust me you would be hard-pressed to be able to tell the difference.  So here’s to happy accidents!  Have fun experimenting and enjoy the free Photoshop brushes (I like to think of them as digital rubber stamps).

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Matte photo paper for project

Free XOXO Photoshop brush download

P.S. We cleaned up and created the Photoshop brush in 2 secs with our Vitamin L25| Photoshop actions set. You can still enter to win a free set here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Full of flourish font!

full of flourish a girly font via besotted blog

I usually don’t like a font with so much swirly, girly flourish but I think this one could lend itself to some great projects where a more juvenile hand is desired. Check out that ‘t’ in ‘gratitude’, whoa!  I am thinking invites for a little girl’s party, a blog post on anything girly; this font would be a fun player. It’s not a take yourself seriously font, we have many others in the lettering category that would be a better fit for a more sophisticated application but if you are looking for a fun script with a little exuberance I think this one might do very well!

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Font featured

Font house-Sudtipos (we have featured many of their fonts)

P.S. I LOVED our last giveaway question about what your favorite book or books are. I loved reading through everyone’s comments and feel like I know you all a little bit better. I hope we can pose another question in the near future that will elicit such wonderful responses! We have a winner and in a strange twist of fate it happens to be the person that originally posed the question to me. We use a random number generator to choose our winner’s and when ‘3’ popped up I went over to the comments and saw it was Carrie. So very strange, but I do thank her for the amazing question and congratulate her on her win, and thank you to everyone that participated!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Coco and Mingo Foto Rx Vitamin L25-Paper to Pixel Photoshop actions giveaway!

Coco and Mingo Lettering Actions Giveaway Besotted Blog

Yesterday we had an awesome review on our new Foto Rx | Vitamin L25 Photoshop actions to help easily and efficiently digitize your lettering (or as we like to say go from paper to pixel). The review was by Jessica of Coco and Mingo, a lettering artist that we truly admire, which reminds me we need to get her interviewed for you! We sent Jessica a note to thank her and asked her if  she would like to giveaway a set (this is our first giveaway!) and lucky for us she said yes!  Just hop on over to Coco and Mingo and enter to win, while you are there make sure to take a peek around, it’s one of our favorite blogs. Good luck, visit and enter to win here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Win this amazing font suite!

Laura Worthing font giveaway via Besotted Blog

We’ve teamed up with Laura Worthington today for a  giveaway of her new font Adorn Smooth! If you are not familiar with Laura’s work you will be floored at what is included in her font families. In the Adorn Smooth Collection she really took care of everything you would need font wise to create the perfect invite: A beautiful script font (but of course), a slab serif–a great alternative to those who had sticker shock at the Archer font I mentioned the other day. A simple serif, a deco inspired sans serif (shown above), an elegant engraved, ornaments, banners, flourishes, oh my!  The set even comes with a 71 page resource on how to use everything, sample images to inspire your own creations and easy to reference specimen charts. Laura does not play around, these are seriously pro fonts.

As with Adorn, Adorn Smooth provides a disparate but harmonious typographic toolkit for creating wedding invitations, event posters, book jackets, or packaging.

To enter to win, (I hope this is easy, you know how my not so easy giveaway went last time–insert Debbie Downer music here). I was recently asked what my favorite book was and I was flummoxed, I love so many, it’s so hard to pick just one, right? So I of course gave her 3 favorite books (but that list could have easily been 300!) To enter to win just answer the same question:

What is your favorite book? Or books?

You don’t have to let us know why you chose the book(s), but if you want to share we’d love to know. We’ll choose the winner randomly next Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Good luck!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Fonts in use | A resource to find your favorite fonts

Fonts in use via besotted blog

Pinterest is great for design inspiration but sometimes you need more details especially when it comes to the fonts a designer chose. Thank goodness for the interwebs and its endless supply of good will–sharing is caring after all. ‘Fonts in use’ is a collaborative project where design is shared and the fonts used in the designs are disclosed, I am a little obsessed, I hope you will be too. They have an extensive archive of inspiration and everything is brilliantly categorized so it should be a breeze to locate a font for your next project.  It’s an excellent resource for any typophile, designer, font hoarder and the like. You can find the slab serif font used in the poster (it was originally created for Martha Stewart’s Living) and the hand-lettered font links below.

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Fonts in use

Slab serif font

Hand-lettered font

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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