A week of lettering love

Lettering Love Pinterest board via besotted blogMonday came way too soon, don’t you think?  I usually look forward to Monday’s but I have lots and lots to do and I could have used an extra Sunday, you?  This is a special week, we are hoping and praying and maybe doing a little finger crossing that we will launch our new Photoshop action set for lettering artists tomorow. There’s nothing of its kind on the market and we hope it enables many other lettering artists the opportunity to share their work with the world in an easy + efficient way!

This week will be dedicated to lettering love, we’ll have calligrapher interviews, lettering resources galore, and plenty of lettering inspiration. We hope it invigorates your current lettering practice or motivates you to give it a go (I know I am so anxious to pick up my nib again!) This is a little curation of one of my fave Pinterest boards-Hand Lettering Love, if you haven’t visited it before be prepared to lose a few hours, there’s so much goodness and a nice variety of styles. If you have a Pinterest lettering board feel free to link to it in the comments, I am always on the look out for even more lettering love!

P.S. I haven’t listened yet, but lettering guru Sean Wes has started a podcast. He was one of the firsts to share lettering ‘secrets’ and what he has built (a small empire) it quite inspiring. I am sure it’s a good listen.

 

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.

FONT FINDER

featured font finder via besotted blog

Firstly, thank you  for engaging in the conversation on ‘Is blogging dying? All of your input was valuable and of course we always appreciate the visits! I do want to speak more to the subject about blogging, or more specifically a social media presence for  your brand/service and yes, even monetizing your blog! We have interviewed a few bloggers that have done so without a huge following…

And now on to our ‘Font Finder’ okay, this is not a universal font finder and probably misleading since it doesn’t have a search capability, it’s more like our ‘featured fonts’ organized (finally). We have been doing some Spring cleaning around here and we started to tackle this little font project. The images are now much larger and the titles are descriptive of the type of font instead of the name of the font, which makes more sense since you are most likely looking for say ‘an organic script font’ over ‘Margarita’ (a font name). All the fonts should now link directly to where you can purchase them so you won’t have to scroll through a font post full of my babble to find the font you were looking for! We added a few new fonts we haven’t featured that are brand spanking new and total lookers. This one here is low whistle beauty!

I am going to be honest and let you know aesthetic wise I am having trouble with it looking so ‘patchwork-y’, maybe you know of some other WP gallery-plugins that would create an overlay over the images so we won’t have to go back and do it for every graphic? Speaking of widgets and plug-ins, we lost our ‘recent pins’ widget, it was a single, rotating latest pins and we can’t find a substitute anyone out there have any ideas?

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.

Modern Calligraphy Font

modern calligraphy font via besotted blog

We usually don’t post on a weekend but when I saw that Magpie Paper Works launched their new modern calligraphy font, I had to make an exception!  I had the pleasure of beta testing this font, I do believe it was years now, yes, that’s how long it can take for the ever meticulous Jess to create her beautiful font families. This has long been my most favorite of hers, it feels very effortless and reminds me of Betsy Dunlap’s gorgeous hand, but of course it’s a complete original, I am just crazy about it.  I have used this many times in my designs and I have never been disappointed and like I mentioned it has been years in the making and I have not tired of it. I am so proud of her and so excited to be able to introduce this font to you finally! If you add it to your collection we would love to see how you use it! You can get it here.

P.S. I used the bonus ‘matte’ action in our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit to get the matte effect on the 2nd photo (the first one had it already). I know it’s a trend right now but I am really loving the way it looks, made me think that maybe a ‘mini matte action’ set might be in order?

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.

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.

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