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:
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.
- Typesetting Space Characters goes beyond just hitting the space bar.
- Typesetting Numbers shows you where to go proportional and where to go tabular.
- Windows Character Map Advanced Features looks at new ways to look at your fonts.
- Type Foundry Abbreviations helps you decipher those prefixes and suffixes on some font names.
- Cheese or Font is a simple diversion.
- The Font Game from I Love Typography is a game, yes, but educational too.
- 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:
- Design Projects Using Adobe InDesign with tutorials on creating items such as business cards, posters, and magazines.
- Adobe InDesign Interface and Tools are very basic, get up and running tutorials for new users.
And there's more... keep reading because if you missed it, it's new to you.
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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