Photoshop for lettering artists

awesome hand lettered photshop brush via besotted blog

We thought we might let you know why there has been a bit of a lull here on Besotted, I hate excuses for not showing up to ones blog but I am a sucker for a ‘behind the scenes’ so here goes…We have been working like mad scientists on our next Photoshop action set for Foto Rx, this one is for helping out our fellow lettering artists (and it works super on line art too!)  What used to take me 28 steps (I counted), now takes one click!  It’s an incredible time saver, there’s a quick clean, a non-destructive eraser and even an action for turning your lettering into a Photoshop brush (that’s the ‘awesome’ brush we used on the photo). It’s going to streamline many a lettering artist workflow, allowing them to get back to what they love–lettering. It will be a quick and easy way to get your base ready for vectorization or even to have a finished product to show off for web! We are extremely excited about this launch, because as you may know from visits I have a serious affinity/addiction to hand-lettering and to be able to share this product with you makes me want to implode. So when’s the launch?  We have a May Day (that’s May 1st), launch date on the books, we are working frantically to get there, have the actions beta tested by professionals and novices alike and get you the best tool possible. In the interim we may be a little spotty with posts as we finesse this next launch and get ready for our other top secret projects (yes, it’s a bit thrilling in these parts and I am terrible at keeping secrets!) We made the ‘awesome’ Photoshop brush available for download, go ahead use it to your hearts content, you can download it here. If you want to be one of the first ones to be notified of the Lettering Photoshop action set launch (and get even more freebies) than you can sign-up here.

P.S. In case it wasn’t obvious, that awful green tinged photo of my lettering on the left was how it looked when I shot it with my Iphone, it would have taken forever to get rid of the color, shadows, splits and splats, but not anymore….

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.

New brush lettering font!

brush letterring font via besotted blogAngie B. is at again with a beauty of a new font, speaking of beauty she made the font for the graphic I did of ‘beautiful’.  Angie seems to be developing some very true to life hand-lettered fonts that are always an affordable price for the quality. I just spotted this beauty of a brush font today and at $14 it’s a steal, go get it here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography 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.

Digitize your lettering in 30 seconds!

lettering actions coming soon via besotted blog

I had an impossible time thinking about what to post this morning, not that I was absent of ideas, contraire, the problem was that the ideas were flooding in and which to choose?  So much going on in my little head right now and feeling butterflies of excitement for the future (business wise), it’s a feeling I was afraid might have left once I gave birth as I have felt pretty inept these past 15 months. I will discuss more on that at a later date, but for today I want to talk about happy things! One of those happy things is we have made a huge dent (I hope) in out lettering Photoshop action set. I worked on it every spare 5 minutes here and there that I had this weekend. I get more done now in 30 minutes than I ever did when I worked my usual 10-12 hour day (amazing what you can accomplish if you are forced to get efficient + organized). The lettering set is going to help automate the process of cleaning up your lettering and line art (so difficult for a newbie to Photoshop!) making it a snap to get it web ready so you can show it off!  I used both the Shopkeeper’s Helper set on this Iphone photo (to get the background a bit whiter of course) and the prototype Lettering set to clean up the lettering I did for a client, then I made it into a Photoshop brush to place over the photograph. The great thing about brushes are you can easily size the lettering and ‘stamp’ it in any color, you can even control how opaque you’d like it. I purposely made this very transparent since I wanted it to be just a hint of lettering and not really legible, but the option to make it lighter and darker will be at your fingertips.  I honestly don’t know how fast we can get this new set out, these launches are a lot of work!  We are going to be testing the set with some of your fave lettering artists such as Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (a self proclaimed Photoshop Luddite) and trying to work out all the kinks before we release it to market. Speaking of market, we are going to be getting in depth in how to market a product on-line, what we know from experience with a successful brand, what we are learning with our new brand and some mistakes to avoid along the way. We believe there’s room for everyone to be a huge success and we truly want to see you succeed–you deserve it!

P.S. Of course this photo was inspired by Michelle’s always amazing Instagram feed, check it out!

P.P.S. To be the first to know of the Lettering set launch you can sign-up to be notified here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography 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.

Preview all your installed fonts at once!

preview all your fonts at once i via besotted blog

 

I am sure there’s a zillion ways to preview all your fonts at once but I honestly don’t know how to do them. I use my Font Book that came with my Mac, but I have never figured out how to print out my fonts (and I do have so many to choose from!)  So I found a couple of resources for browser based font previewers to try if you were in the same conundrum as myself!

Wordmark.it-This was simple enough, I just went to their site, typed in a word where indicated and poof, y entire font library appeared on screen!

Flipping Typical- This doesn’t use flash so you should be able to view on your phone. Downside it doesn’t show all your fonts.

Font Picker-This took a little while to load, but it has good reviews!

If you have the urge to add more fonts so you can preview them of course I did find these this morning that looked pretty swell:

Nice brush lettering font

Casual, boho script

Retro vibe script

P.S. I am doing a series of Dark & Dramatic magnolia’s on Instagram today and mentioned Michelle’s awesome tutorial, for those that want to give it a try you can find it here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography 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.

Realistic handwriting font with ink blotches

handwriting font via besotted blog

Carefully considered letters written long-hand, sealed in an envelope and sent across continents were once the only connection for distant friends and lovers. Dear Sarah is a type that evokes the emotion of those handwritten messages. Using alternates, ligatures and a complex system for randomization and natural connected characters, Dear Sarah seeks to push the boundaries of digital type.

Dear Sarah is a very interesting font indeed, it has programmed into the font algorithm (I actually just made that up, but stick with me), the ability to randomly place ink blotches, contextual ligatures and various lowercase letters that gives the font a very human and realistic hand. I think this could be the future of handwriting fonts! At the very least it’s an amazing experiment. You can check it out here.

 

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