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7 Letter Design Tips For Beginners and Pros

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Lettering is a great option for a variety of design goals – from crafting an Instagram post to creating a memorable business card. It’s not as easy as writing something over a photograph in a photo editing software. You have to know the basics to create great-looking lettering design. Here’s how you start.

Start With a Grid

Think of your lettering design as a drawing, not a text. It’s what it is, essentially. So start designing it like a drawing.

Begin with a simple grid like this and flesh out the main elements of your design – the words. Think of each block as a word or a couple of words. Save smaller blocks for the functional words, and give the main words some room to breeze to make them stand out.

Grid design
Source: Stefan Cruze

While the form in which you present your lettering may not influence the meaning of the phrase more than by the sheer size, it has to catch people’s eye. It’s these blocks that people are going to see first, not the words.

Work on making your composition visually attractive and eye-catching. Don’t just leave the blocks as they are. Stretch, rotate, and deform them to find the perfect form.

Visual Hierarchy

Once you’re done creating the composition, think about the visual hierarchy of your piece. The form of lettering may be difficult to read from the first look, so you have to prioritize certain words. In content creation, the job of professional writing services is to make sure that the text is easy to understand. In lettering, your job is to do the same thing, but visually.

You need to make sure the audience gets the message without having to read the whole sentence.

You might want to highlight only one word in shorter sentences, while longer ones may need more. For instance, if you have to find the main words in Gandhi’s quote “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” you’d put a soft emphasis on the words “happiness” and “harmony,” and a bigger emphasis on the words “think,” “say,” and “do.”

You can make them stand out by choosing a different font type, size, and color. When placing the main words on your canvas, you need to make sure the whole sentence is readable, though. Otherwise, it may end up like this.

Type Setting Mistake

Not More Than Three Fonts

While it’s amazing that you’re ready to unleash your creativity, you shouldn’t get too carried away. If you place too many fonts on your lettering design, it can get pretty cluttered and hard to understand.

Try using no more than three fonts. Pick a basic font, a font for a soft emphasis, and a font for the main emphasis. They can be as different as you want them to be, but make sure you don’t use too many of them.

Work on Kerning

Kerning is the distance between the letters. You need to make it uniform to avoid breaking up a word visually. It’s a harder task than just finding the correct distance from the end of one letter to the beginning of the other.

The problem is that letters are very different, and kerning may appear the same on paper but look visually different. You have to make allowance for the problems with human perception when designing your lettering.

A common technique is to kern the letters upside down or in groups of three. This way, you can forget about the words and their meanings, and treat the letters as abstract shapes that relate to each other.

Add Visual Elements

Very few lettering designs can look stunning without additional visual elements. If you’re not trying to get a very minimalistic look, consider drawing something to compliment the lettering.

If You Stumble Make It Part of The Dance
Source: Crashboomdesigns/Instagram

It can be as simple as these lines, or you can create a full-on drawing to serve as an underlayer for the lettering.

Get Creative With Artwork

You don’t have to focus your design on letters. After all, what you’re creating is essentially a drawing. So, why stop there? Get as creative as you want with the artwork you use.

Great Jones
Source: Really Good Emails

You don’t have to stick to the traditional fonts, either.

Imagination
Source: Rafael Serra/Behance

Do You Have to Print?

Here’s the last tip. You may find it particularly useful if you’re creating lettering for printable materials. Working on printables and digital drawings is very different. You should start by switching to CMYK color code and leaving plenty of bleed on the edges of the picture. For more information, please, read this printing guide.

Conclusion

Creating great-looking lettering design is all about maintaining a balance between structure and creativity. You have to design a grid and fill it creatively with your phrase. Remember about the audience you’re working for and the purpose of the drawing, and you’ll receive great results!

 

Ramadan Mubarak Calligraphy

Beautiful Ramadan Calligraphy Vectors Free To Download

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Alhamdulillah, thank God, once again we arrived in the blessing month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Hijri lunar Calendar. This year the Ramadan of 1440 Hijri (2019 Georgian), we’re thinking to seek and share some more beautiful Ramadan calligraphy vectors free to download, shared by calligraphy designers all over the world.

Actually we have been thinking it for 2 or 3 months before, but could not have the time for that.. and as updated version of our older post of the Ramadan vector.

Here are some of the fresh beautiful Ramadan calligraphy vectors free to download for you. Most of the artworks are free to download and use but You’re advised to give credit to the designers for your works.

 

Ramadan Calligraphy 2019 – Fresh New Design

Ramadan Calligraphy Free Vector

  • Ramadan 2019 Calligraphy by Karim Mohammed
  • Released on May 2019
  • 3 sets of calligraphy
  • Format: Ai
  • Download

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Ramadan Typography 2019

  • Ramadan Typography 2019 by Yassmin Omar
  • Released on May 2019
  • 4 sets of calligraphy
  • Format PSD
  • Download

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Ramadan Mubarak Calligraphy

  • Ramadan & Eid Calligraphy works by Algerian Designer
  • Released on May 2019
  • 7 sets of Ramadan calligraphy & 5 sets of Eid calligraphy
  • Format: Ai, Eps, PDF, SVG
  • Download



Ramadan calligraphy vector free

  • Ramadan 2019 Typography by Multiple Owners
  • Released on May 2019
  • 20 sets of calligraphy
  • Format: PNG & PDF
  • Download

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Ramadan Calligraphy & Fonts

  • Ramadan Calligraphy & Fonts by Zakariya Saleh
  • Released on May 2019
  • 52 sets calligraphy also for fonts
  • Format: Ai, CDR, Eps, PDF, Font
  • Download

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Ramadan Mubarak Vector Calligraphy

  • Ramadan Typography 2019 by Multiple Owners
  • Released on April 2019
  • 16 sets of calligraphy
  • Format Ai & PDF
  • Download

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Ramadan Typography 2019

  • Ramadan 2019 Typography by Mahmoud ElsroGy
  • Released on April 2019
  • 3 sets of calligraphy
  • Format: Ai
  • Download

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Ramadan Calligraphy 2018

Ramadan Mubarak

  • Typography Ramadan by Ramadan M. Hady
  • Released on May 2018
  • 6 sets of calligraphy
  • Format: Ai & PDF (in Rar)
  • Download

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Ramadan Calligraphy

  • Ramadan 2018 Calligraphy by Mohammad Farik
  • Released on April 2018
  • 4 sets of calligraphy
  • Format: PDF
  • Download

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Ramadan Calligraphy Vector

  • Free Ramadan Kareem Typography 2018 by Multiple Designers
  • Released on April 2018
  • 20 sets of calligraphy
  • Format: Ai, Eps, PDF (in Rar file)
  • Download

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Ramadan Calligraphy 2016

Ramadan Wallpaper Vector 1

  • Free Ramadan resources package by Multiple Owners
  • Released on June 2016
  • Variety sets in multiple formats
  • Format: PSD, Eps (vector), Ae (After Effect)
  • Download

 

What an amazing beautiful calligraphy right..? if you have seen them all. May Allah bless you all, especially for those amazing Ramadan calligraphy designers who contributed their artworks for free to download and we wish you a month full of merits.

Please share to your friends & followers..

 

Best Free Painting Software 2019

Best Free Painting Software 2019

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Best Free Painting Software 2019

Drawing and painting software has become one of the trends and interests among pc & mobile users not just for artists and designers like before. Digital painting may not be the same as the actual painting using brushes, paints and pallets, but it offers many advantages over the old brush, paint & palette techniques. The results are easier to manage, we don’t need big store room or garage to keep our masterpiece and it can even be applied in many other fields such as printing, advertising, film & animation, etc. That is among the advantage of artworks created with painting software. Therefore we’d like to share 9 of what we think would be the best free painting software as end of 2018.



In fact, the vast of mobile apps industry has spurred its growth as well as the interests of users to sharpen their creative talent through painting apps as a hobby or perhaps as their new career as digital artist. Newbies usually start with few free painting software to try on. Once they get use to it they share their artworks on social media, groups, and some have begun learning to take advantage of it as an alternative income with it. Now everyone can become an artist.

Let see what we may consider as the best free painting software 2019 that we can list down below. Here are the best free painting software for the new coming year 2019, if you would like to create your first masterpiece with it and hey maybe you can start selling it.

 

1. Krita

Krita is an open source digital painting tool developed for over 10 years by artists to make it affordable for artists, illustrators, and the VFX industry. Krita’s history actually started since last 20 years from KDE project, it was develop as an application that was part of the KOffice (an open-source of Office Suite) named KImage. It was then go through further developed and named KImageShop, Krayon and since 2002 known as Krita.

It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional in digital arts industry. The intuitive user interface is among the best we can see, with its pop-up pallete tool makes good experience on it and the Brush Stabilizers helps your shaky hands to draw smooth lines. Not to forget, Resources Manager such as brush & texture packs you can share with or import from other Krita’s community.

  • Desktop:     |     |  

Krita

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2. MediBang Paint

MediBang Paint is a Japanese painting software developed since 2014. MediBang was being among the favorite of manga artist due to it’s simplicity and the fact that it resembles the legendary PaintTool SAI. MediBang is not open source but it’s still free (compared to SAI).. yeay..!!  Besides desktop versions – Win & Mac, it also provide mobile versions – iPhone, iPad & Android as well.

  • Desktop:     |     |     |   Mobile:     |  

Medibang Paint

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3. GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open source image editor, available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. Most probably the famous free image editor alternative, GIMP is actually a photo editor that provides the free to use tools needed for high quality image manipulation just like Adobe Photoshop can do. But you can for sure use it as another choice of free painting software as well. With lot of tools for retouching, restoring, drawing & painting to creative composites for your works. It is an almost perfect for Photoshop alternative for free photo editor and painting as well.

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GIMP

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4. InkScape

Inkscape is an another open source software just like GIMP, but it is a vector graphic editor like Adobe Illustrator. It is always been listed as Adobe Illustrator and also CorelDRAW alternative for free version. As a vector based graphic tool, Inkscape is more on detail & technical drawing but it doesn’t limits the capability to offers digital painting as well. What make Inkscape special is, it has many authors that contribute to the development as an open-source vector graphic editor, and every author retains their own copyright.

  • Desktop:     |     |     |   Mobile:  

InkScape

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Related Post: 15 Sites Where To Sell Your Vector Arts

 

5. Artweaver Free

Artweaver is a free full-featured painting tool with a huge set of predefined realistic brushes to paint creatively or just experiment. This Germany based software, is for beginners and advanced users with a powerful and highly configurable brush system to simulate many different brushes. Each brush configuration can be saved as a new variant or even into a new category. One of the nice feature that it offers is the ability to records the whole painting process as events and allows you to save and later to replay them. Demonstrate other users your painting style or just show the progress from an empty image to a finished artwork. Great, you don’t need any third party tool for screen recording, do you..?

  • Desktop:  

Artweaver Free

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6.  PhotoDonut

PhotoDonut is a brand new photo editing app by Xycod, a company based in Hungary. PhotoDonut is actually the new and improved version of PostworkShop editing software. PhotoDonut offers drawings & paintings for artist, photo effects & illustrations for photographer & designer as well. Besides offered as free software, there’re also paid versions which offers extra features from the free version. You can find out here the Premium and Pro versions.

  • Desktop 64 bit only:     |  

PhotoDonut

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7.  Speedy Painter

Speedy Painter is a free lightweight OpenGL based painting software for Windows. It support perspective grid tool for building interior or exterior scene painting, multi angle mirror flip, many more.

  • Desktop:  

Speedy Painter

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8.  Graphiter

Graphiter is a graphite or simply pencil sketches painting you can consider as an alternative for digital painting tools.

  • Desktop & Mobile:  

Graphiter

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9.  Autodesk SketchBook

I remember the first time I bought Galaxy Note 3, it has pre installed SketchBook for Galaxy, then I find out that the app is specifically for Samsung Galaxy Note users as one of the free painting software, and the app has 2 version the free one name SketchBook and paid version SketchBook Pro. Of course the free version is limited compared to Pro version. Now Autodesk SketchBook is FREE for all.. yeay..!! But you need to register for Autodesk ID, which is also free.

The advantage of SketchBook are many, it’s not just for art creations, it also good for technical drawing and best of all you can pair it to work with other Autodesk apps you may have. Actually if you’re serious with this great app, you can get the paid (extra) version, the SketchBook for Enterprise with yearly price, find out in their website.

SketchBook is perfect for artist and designers of any field, therefore it is our choice here ★★★★★

  • Desktop:     |   Mobile:     |     |  

SketchBook

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Ok thats are the Best Free Painting Software 2019 according to us, so far. We will add on and update any recommendation by your comment below. So please feel free to share your opinion with us. Meanwhile here are some bonus for free animation software.. we will cover on this topic on our next post, insyaallah..

 

Free 2D Animations Software

1. OpenToonz

OpenToonz is a 2D cartoon animation software that you can use to develop cartoon animation the professional way.

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OpenToonz

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2. Synfig

Synfig is an open-source 2D animation software for Windows, Linux and OSX. Claimed to be as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources.

  • Desktop :     |     |  

Synfig

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Adobe Design Book

Adobe Design eBooks, iOS 8 & Android Vector UI Kits

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As 2014 approaching its end, we would like to share some of selected freebies recently released and have been around on the internet, from mobile UI vector files to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign tutorial ebooks free download.

iOS 8 Vector UI Kit

iOS 8 Vector UI Kit
iOS 8 Vector UI Kit – Spotlight & Phone

iOS 8 is the eighth major release of the iOS mobile operating system, the latest release (so far) by Apple Inc. which was used in their latest iPhone 6 series. And here we share the free iOS 8 Vector UI kits for iPhones and iPads, if you’re looking for these for your UI, App or design works. The file is in Adobe Illustrator format (support Ai CC and newer), just make sure to you have the fonts.

  • Format: Ai in zip
  • Font used: Helvetica Neue series (Ultra Light, Light, Thin, Medium, Bold) & DIN Alternative
  • Release date: 17 Sept 2014
  • via Mercury

Download

Android 5 UI Kits

Official Google Design

Android latest release is Android 5.0 named Lollipop or Android L, and Google was released their official material design elements that they separate it in 2 categories. First one they call it Sticker Sheets and second one are the System Icons. If your’re serious Android app’s developer or UI designer, you gonna have these:

1.  Component Sticker Sheets

The Sticker Sheets include all the components that make up the Android operating system layouts, including light and dark symbols for status bars, app bars, bottom toolbars, cards, dropdown menus, search field, dividers, side navs, dialogs, floating action buttons, etc. The files are quite big, and there are 3 formats available:

Format:

  • PSD (237.74 MB)
  • Ai (189.09 MB)
  • Sketch (6.67 MB)

Download

2.  System Icons

And this is the system icon kits, approx. 750 icons in SVG (vector) format to complete the components above.

Format in zip:

  • SVG & PNG (57.40 MB)

Download

via Google Design

 

Illustrator Android Material Interface Kit (3rd party)

 

If you just need the basic interface elements and layouts, some screens adapted for Material Design and some advanced elements from Android UI Design Kit for Photoshop 4.4 (the Nexus 5 version Kitkat 4.4), download this smaller file size in Ai format – Illustrator Android Material Interface Kit by an Android, iOS, WP UX/UI designer:

  • Format & files: Ai, PNG, Fonts, Coloring themes
  • Realease date: 20 July 2014
  • via Jasa Z

Download

Free Photoshop CC Tutorial eBook


Photoshop CC Tutorial eBook

I still remember the first version of Photoshop I used is Photoshop 4.0 some time in 1990’s on Win 95 (if I’m not mistaken), after my transition from manual drawing to digital (including Autodesk AutoCAD R13). Since then I see the demand in Photoshop knowledge specifically, is getting increase till today. And here, I believe many beginners are looking for fast Photoshop skills, besides streaming via youtube, an ebook will be a great offline tutorials and fast reference for user. This is a free crash course of Adobe Photoshop CC tutorial by Designzzz and they claim beginners can learn Photoshop tutorial in just 30 minutes.. ok, that’s damn fast for a newbie ;)

  • Format: PDF (eBook)
  • Pages: 61
  • Size: 12 MB
  • via Designzzz

Download

Adobe Design Basic Book

Want some more..? How about this 3 in 1 Adobe Design eBooks, which includes not just Photoshop, also Illustrator and InDesign too.. sounds great..? And this is from Adobe Education Exchange, where registered users sharing their educational files and resources.. and its free, just sign in to grab. Thanks to Thomas Payne.

Adobe Design Basic free ebook

Adobe Design Basic CC

  • Release: 6 Feb 2014
  • Format: PDF (eBook)
  • Pages: 202
  • Size: 4.31 MB

Download

Note:

  • If your browser alerts you with a Security warning, or Certificate issue, or Privacy error, just choose proceed to edex.adobe.com i don’t know why firefox & chrome alerts me with this (Adobe Education Exchange) site.
  • After you’ve sign in and downloaded the file, in some cases (i.e you use firefox to download it), the file downloaded ‘without extension’ (unknown file), so just rename the file, any name with extension .pdf (dot PDF) at the end of the name, and the file will be back to PDF ebook format.

If you don’t have the latest Adobe CC apps and wanted the previous version of tutorial ebooks for your older Adobe CS6 or CS5 or CS4, you can download the previous release of Adobe Design Suite Basics CS5-CS6 version that suitable for CS6 to CS4.

Adobe Design Basic CS5 – CS6

  • Release: 1 Oct 2012
  • Format: PDF (eBook)
  • Pages: 194
  • Size: 4.71 MB

Download

Hope these sharing may benefits some of us. And I personally (hopefully, if God will), will release an Illustrator CC eBook for beginners, targeted for easy to use and understand for beginners.. perhaps in local language, Bahasa (and english too).. please pray for me to make it happen ☺