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DESKTOP PUBLISHING May Review:
Fonts and Candy Wrappers Are Just the Start

By May 31, 2012

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They say that April showers bring May flowers. If flowers are free fonts and candy wrappers, then May delivered. The overall theme for the month was typography and somewhere along the way candy wrappers became a major secondary theme with a lot of wrapper template makeovers and several all new designs. Let's recap:

Featured Free Fonts in Use
I showcased several free fonts, ranging from calligraphic to geometric in style plus four Mother's Day fonts with fun graphic images to show them off.

Typography Topics
Getting down to the nitty-gritty and sometimes just items of curiosity, our practical typography tutorials for the month covered spaces, numbers, and Windows Character Map. On the fun side, I introduced some cheesy and educational font-related games.

The Candy Wrappers and Other Templates

  • Baby Announcement Candy Wrappers has two all-new styles and a major remake of some older templates. In addition to wrappers there are also some matching card templates in two of the collections.
  • Candy Wrappers aren't just for babies. These new and refurbished wrappers are for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and holidays. Along with the popular Publisher and PNG formats, there's a small group of templates for Serif PagePlus.


That's not all...

Quick Tips Save Time and Money
Some are short and sweet and others a little more detailed, but these tips cover everything from ink choices to paper selection to how to choose a book.

Adobe InDesign Tutorials
Are you new to InDesign? While there is no shortage of InDesign tutorials out there, sometimes you have to dig through a lot of stuff of little interest to find what you need. I've started organizing those tutorials into related topics. The first two collections are:

And there's more... keep reading because if you missed it, it's new to you.

Desktop Publishing Glossary Terms Added This Month:
I updated folio and several binding terms including saddle-stitched, perfect binding, and ring binding. But the all-new terms this month are:

So, what's in store for the summer? I have several typography related articles (and more free fonts) that I didn't finish in May. Plus there will be more free templates -- not just candy wrappers either. And the glossary keeps growing because there are just so many important terms to explore. And expect a software-specific tutorial or two or three along the way from me plus more organized lists of InDesign tutorials from all over.

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