Archive for August, 2009
Dafont.com is one of the largest free font collection websites I’ve found. There’s always a wide selection of custom fonts available. Of course, it’s wise to always make sure the fonts you download don’t have any restrictions on their use.
This blog post compiled a nice set of 36 beautiful sans serif fonts along with some awesome previews, all for free of course. You’ll notice that the fonts come from dafont.com, but I still really enjoy this post because it’s great for designers that have their font idea narrowed down to using a more specific sans serif font.
Sometimes the best fonts are the ones that look the most realistic. Above is a link to 25 elegant handwritten fonts. Awesome for adding a more personalized and intimate style to any project.
A collection of 28 free fonts. My eye, personally, is on the Sansation font.
An impressive collection of fonts yet again. For some reason, the sans serif fonts in this collection really catch my eye, too. Check out the Nordic or Apogee fonts.
Name says it all.
Need something retro? Maybe something out of the 70s or 80s? Give this collection a try.
Again, name implies all. Very wide and contemporary selection of fonts. All of them worth a try for at least one project.
- Adobe Illustrator Typography 101 – Part 1: Type Tools
- Adobe Illustrator Typography 101 – Part 2: The Character Panel
1. Align Left
Aligns text to the left.
2. Align Center
Centers the selected text.
3. Align Right
Aligns the text to the right.
4. Justify with Last Line on Left
Justifies all of the text, save for the last line. The last line is left justified.
5. Justify with Last Line Centered
Justifies all of the text, save for the last line. The last line is centered.
6. Justify with Last Line on Right
Justifies all of the text, save for the last line. The last line is right justified.
Justifies all of the text.
8. Left Indent
Sets the left indentation of all applicable text. The above has a left indent of 20 pt.
9. Right Indent
Sets the right indentation of all applicable text. The above has a right indent of 20 pt.
10. First Line Left Indent
Sets the left indentation of the first line of a paragraph. The above has a left indent of 20 pt.
11. Space Before Paragraph
Sets the space between paragraphs before the paragraph starts. The above is set at 20 pt.
Adds automatic hyphenation to text.
13. Space After Paragraph
Sets the space between paragraphs after the paragraph is finished. The above is set at 20 pt.
This wraps up our series on Adobe Illustrator’s typography tools. You’ll notice that there are more tools than what were mentioned, but the ones focused on are the foundational tools to lead novice designers into the direction of using the Glyph Panel, Open Type, Paragraph Styles and Character Styles. If you have any questions regarding the additional tools, leave a comment and we’ll be happy to answer for you. Tomorrow we plan on investigating font resources.