Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Typing on paths with Brian

As promised, Brian has another font tip for you this week, and boy is it a fun one! It's a little more advanced, but can open up SO many design possibilities, plus he's got some freebie goodies. Here's Brian!


Hello again and thanks to of all of you that have replied to my call for questions relating to fonts. I can tell we have a passionate group of “fontaholics” as one reader said. I love hearing from you so keep the questions (and suggestions) coming to tips@scrapnfonts.com and maybe your question will be featured in one of my upcoming posts.

Before we get into the font tip of the week, I wanted to tell you a fun story. About a year ago, I was contacted by a police agency in the midwest, requesting my help in solving a crime. At first, I thought this was a joke and didn’t feel any need to reply to the e-mail. When I finally did, I was told this was a legitimate case where a crime had been committed and a note was left using many different fonts. They needed help identifying the many fonts and had heard from a fellow officer, whose wife is a scrapbooker, that Brian Tippetts (that would be me) was the person to ask to identify fonts. Anyway, I was able to help identify many of the fonts included in the letter and hopefully help solve the crime. So, next time when you are deciding what font to use in your card or layout, remember, fonts are important and can solve crimes! Enjoy.

Font Tip: Text as design using type paths
By Brian Tippetts

A fun way to add type in a playful way is by integrating the type into the design of your layout or card. You can tell your story or include a sentiment all in fun and unique way. You can do this by using type paths. These are “paths” that you create and select to be used for your text. This is, however, one of those concepts that will be easier to show you what is possible.

In example 1, I have created the 3 different paths using the Pen Tool in Photoshop. You can use the freeform pen tool that follows the movement of your mouse and creates a path or you can place specific “anchor points” to control the curve. Either way will work.

Then, in example 2, the Type Tool is selected and placed over the beginning of each “path” so that the icon changes to type on a path, you then click on the path and begin adding your text.

Once you have entered your text, you can begin to build your layout or card by changing colors, adding a title and background or just having fun. Once you get the hang of it, you will find many uses for type paths including stems for flowers, text around a circle or frame, or for any birthday to highlight the age.

BONUS: To get you started with type paths, I am making available the Photoshop (PSD) file for the Winter Card with layers, so all you have to do is change the text on the path and title. Currently, I have “LD Let it Snow” and “LD Joe” fonts used in the design of the card. In addition, I am including a Photoshop (PSD) file for type paths for the numbers 2 and 5 so that you can make a custom Christmas design using December 25.

SAMPLE LAYOUT: “It is great to be 8” by Brian Tippetts


Mari said...

While I love the look of fonts on a curvy line, I just don't have the capability to do it in PSE (7). Bummer. I can warp it, but it's just not the same. Unless you have a magic way to do it?

texasbarb said...

Thanks for the text paths! I'm another PSE 7 user and can't make my own text paths. It's always a treat when someone shares theirs with us!!

cal8007 said...

Thanks for sharing the text path; I have PSElements 5, hopefully I can make it work.


elderscrapper said...

Thanks for the paths. I have recently needed to reformat my computer and I had an older font manager by Corel Draw and don't want to load a program I don't use just to have a font manager. Can you recommend a good font manager for a PC with Vista? Thanks, Ami

Amber said...

This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tips! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I've never been able to get the hang of creating my own paths, so thank you so much for sharing these. They are wonderful.

Regina Easter said...

wowzer...thanks so much...hugs

Anonymous said...

I think there is a way to do this on the free program "Inkscape", I did it around a circle...just had trouble figuring out how to print it once I got it done. Would love to create circle text to punch out. Still working on it!