It makes me sad that after 10 (!!) years of having 3D in Photoshop, I can’t think of a single time I’ve created good-looking text in it, much less anything else 3D of value. Given that PS includes a whole 3D engine, I hope that someday it’ll include easy ways to make attractive text.
In the meantime, amidst sometimes literally cheesy results, Art Text 3 ($29.99) produces some rather impressive pieces. Maybe Adobe could just license & bundle it as a plug-in. Hmm… (No, I don’t know anything you don’t know.)
Fontself looks kinda rad. $49 for Photoshop or Illustrator; $89 for both. (See, I knew there was a reason I fought like a crack-fueled mongoose to enable panel extensibility in Adobe apps. :-))
Here’s some fun animation from Matt Young conveying interesting info on cross-language differences.
I’ll give it a thumbs-up with my northwest hand…
“Star Wars,” “The Exorcist,” “Raging Bull,”—and that’s just a start. Here designer Dan Perri explains how he’s designed iconic titles for more than three decades in Hollywood.
Eric Demeusy & Imaginary Forces have created some terrific titles for the new retro hit Stranger Things:
Want some insight into the inspiration & process? Check this:
How cool this must be for 89-year-old Ed Benguiat, creator of the iconic typeface that bears his name. “We’re back in the driver’s seat together again!” he says in this short Fast Company interview. See also “The Typography of ‘Stranger Things.'”
Oh, and would you like to make your own version? Check out Make It Stranger, with which I busted out this:
Imagine WhatTheFont not only identifying fonts in images but then installing them directly into Photoshop. That’d be pretty badass—and is what’s now working in Photoshop. Here’s a demo from Julieanne Kost.
[F]ind similar Typekit fonts, apply alternate on-screen with one click, and font matching to help identify similar typefaces found in images.
It’s “a design geek’s paradise,” the Verge writes. Check it out:
The new Google Fonts is now in line with the company’s Material Design guidelines. It has both a new logo and a far easier way to test out new fonts, compare them with others, and change preferences on the fly while viewing sample text in a four-font grid. You can filter by categories like Serif and Handwriting, sort through trending and popular fonts, filter by language, and toggle between different degrees of thickness and slant. Each of the more than 800 open source fonts available now also contains bio information on its designer, as well as statistics on its usage and a list of popular fonts to pair it with. Google Fonts will let you either download the font or give you the code to directly embed it into your site.
The view counter to date might make even McDonald’s insecure:
In this beautifully simple concept & execution, negative words are reconsidered & reshaped into positive ones:
Sure beats the bejesus out of clicking through the list & hitting Undo a bunch of times. Check out Julieanne’s concise tour:
Wow—this app, which lets you interactively vary all manner of type characteristics, looks rather delightful to explore. I wonder A) how many people would take the time to use it, and B) whether the uniformity of its output makes type purists want to throw up. In any event I’m eager to try it out.