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Free Font Collection: Handwritten Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is my third post in my font collection series

This is my third post in my font collection series

Can you believe it's already the second week of August?! I can't believe how quickly summer is passing by - I honestly don't know where all the time has gone. It's been about 4 weeks since my last font collection series post and decided it was time for my 3rd one. So far I've done script and clean fonts and this post will focus on handwritten ones. Handwritten fonts have become more popular in the past year or so - particularly for weddings. More recently I've typically seen handwritten fonts utilized for rustic/barn-type themed weddings either in the invitations or the general decor.  

Handwritten fonts serve their purpose in design as well as blogging and can be great for representing brands. A good examples of these are child care centers or charities. Companies or individuals wanting to stand out creativly such as fashion designers or photographers, may also benefit from these fonts. If you do choose a handwritten font, make sure it is clearly legible, as scaling it across device screens can make it completely useless otherwise. A major problem I've come across is the over use of these fonts can make your design appear childish. If this isn't the look you're going for I would suggest to proceed with caution.

Below is the list of all 18 script fonts you can download today!

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

How to Remove a Person from a Photo Using Photoshop

Photoshop, Tutorial, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
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Nothing is more annoying than taking a picture with friends only to find out later you were photobombed by someone. Believe me, I've been there before. I'll teach you one of the quickest and easiest ways to completely remove someone from a photo. Not only does this method work for removing people it will also work for background objects as well. The photo I chose is of a BMX rider against a cloudy sky. This technique works best against skies or backgrounds without complex objects, but it can be done with a bit of work.

Before

Before

After

After

Step 1

First we need to single out the biker by creating a path around it. To do this, head over to the toolbar on the right handside and select the pen tool.

Next, simply click around your subject until it is completely selected. You don't need to be exact, but make sure to not select too closely to you subjects edge - try to leave a little bit of space. If you cut too close, it will sample pixels from anything close by.

Step 2

Once you have your path selected, we need to turn the subject into a selection. Make sure you still have your pen tool selected and right click anywhere on the path and a window will pop up. Click on Make Selection.

A prompt box will popup. Make sure feather radius is set as 0 and leave all other options alone and click OK.

Step 3

Now we have to fill our subject in to make it disappear. To do this, go to the top navigation and click on Edit>Fill.

After clicking on Fill a prompt box will popup. Make sure the Content Aware option is selected and that blending mode is to normal and at 100%; then click OK.

And as Gilderoy Lockhart said in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, "Amazing, it's just like a magic." You now have a photo with the undesired object completely gone. Feel free to try it this technique out on any photos you may have and hopefully it's just as successful for you.

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Image via Creative Commons license, pixabay.com

5 Popular Myths About Graphic Design

Blogging, Graphic Design, PhotoshopJessica WozniczkaComment
Graphic Design Myths

I've been a full time graphic designer for more than 4 years and it has been a lot different than I originally anticipated. I went to a 4 year college and majored in Art and Graphic Design. After graduating, I enrolled in a 2 year Masters program focusing on advertising and web design. I've been force fed a lot of information about the graphic design field during my 6 years of school and I thought I would be on easy street after graduating. Oh how wrong I was. After working in the field for a while, I've compiled a list of my top 5 graphic design myths.

MYTH #1: Graphic Design is Easy

This is hands down the biggest misconception in the graphic design industry. This misunderstanding is in part due to the wide use of Adobe Photoshop which causes people to think that it requires little skill. Many think that it’s easy to put images here and there, add some text, do a little touch up and boom your design is complete. This is 100% incorrect. Begin a designer requires proficiency, effort, commitment, hard work and power of visualization. It is a fast paced industry and can sometimes be a high-stress job. It is absolutely critical to understand the field, the target audience, the client’s requirement and to produce a high-quality end product. If the final design isn’t up to the client’s standards, you can expect to lose that client and may find it harder to get future clients.

MYTH #2: We’re Mind Readers

As cool as it would be to have this superpower, unfortunately we can’t read your mind. Some client’s think that just sharing an idea or concept with a designer should be plenty of information for them to create an awesome design. Wrong. We thrive on understanding exactly what you want the design to look like. For example, please never say anything along the lines of: “I don’t want any red, but I’m sure you will come up with something awesome.” This isn’t helpful at all and is a little too vague for a designer to even start a template. The more information you can provide to the designer – whether that is color preference, font choices and any other elements you may want to see implemented in the design, would make the entire process immensely easier for both the designer and the client.

MYTH #3: Graphic Designers Make a lot of Money

It is believed that graphic designers make thousands of dollars for a single design. While this is true for those lucky enough to work directly for big corporations, more often than not designer make a moderate income. Large corporations will pay top dollar for logos and brochures, but being selected to work for these companies is extremely competitive. I’m the sole graphic designer for a company – I’m not a freelancer for this company, I’m an employee and I earn a bi-weekly salary. Typically, many designers will find themselves in the same boat as me. You have to prove your worth to the company, like any other employee in order to earn bonuses and raises. This is the downfall to earning a salary as opposed to being a freelancer. Freelancers are able to set their rates. This can be a double-edged sword – the freelance business can be extremely unpredictable and many (like myself) like the idea of earning a salary/hourly rate every week or two.      

MYTH #4: Graphic Designers are Naturally Creative

There is no such thing as a natural born creative. It is believed that all designers are inherently creative. This is false. There are some people who find it easier to create original designs, while others struggle a little more. For those that find it easier are usually technically trained and have the credentials required to create conceptually complex designs. For those that find themselves struggling may need some extra training and a lot of sweat and tears. Anyone can become good at anything with some practice, and I feel that is absolutely true for aspiring graphic designers.  

MYTH #5: Work is Everywhere

Um, yeah ok. When I was in school preparing for life as graphic designer, I was under the impression there was an endless supply of work and it would be easy to find a good paying job. What they don’t tell you is this is entirely dependent on your specific skills. The graphic design industry is booming, sure, but there are plenty of graphic designs to fill these positions. It is a highly competitive filed and every designer wants to find that perfect job. You have to possess the right skills and have a strong portfolio to even be considered for an interview.  So work might be technically everywhere, but the jobs that are actually worthwhile, and therefore actually count, are not so easy to get.

All images via Creative Commons licenses, pixabay.com

Free Font Collection: Script Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is my second post in my font collection series

This is my second post in my font collection series

A couple weeks ago, I compiled a list of some gorgeous free clean fonts you can utilize almost everyday. This week focuses on script fonts. Script fonts aren't nearly as versatile as sans/sans serif fonts, but they are still nice to have. Being the font hoarder that I am, I have an entire arsenal of script fonts. This list contains some of my favorite beautiful script fonts for your personal or creative use. If you're a blogger or designer [or even if you're not], some of these will might be useful to you if you're trying to create a more feminine sophisticated look. 

Below is the list of all 18 script fonts you can download today!

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

Free Font Collection: Clean Fonts

Blogging, Fonts, Graphic DesignJessica WozniczkaComment
This is the first post of my font collection series.

This is the first post of my font collection series.

I have a confession to make - I'm sort of a font hoarder. There I said! Admitting it is the first step to recovery. But seriously, being a graphic designer, I love trying out new fonts on different projects I'm working on and discovering how I can use them. I'll experiment with these new font types on logos, vector graphics, flyers... You name it. I'm constantly scouring the internet for new free fonts I can add to my growing collection. 

There are so many different types of fonts: handwritten, serif, sans serif, retro, elegant - the list goes on. With so many different font types, it can seem a little overwhelming. To make this is as simple as possible, this post will focus only on clean fonts. I've compiled a list of 18 free clean fonts you can download and try out right now. Below are the links to all the sites where you can download them. Enjoy!

Colaborate |  Sensation |  Oswald |  Asenine |  Raleway |  Lato |  Bebas |  Aller |  Cabin |  Biko |  Caviar Dreams |  Miso |  Champagne & Limousines |  Code |  Droid |  Langdon |  Nexa |  Roboto

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR PC

1) Click on an of the above links.
2) You will be directed to the font webpage.
3) For dafont.com: Click on the "download" button on the right hand side. A zip file should begin downloading. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf files and click the "install" button at the top of each window that opens. They will be automtically installed into your fonts folder.
4) For fontsquirrel.com: Click on the "download [font]" button button on the right hand side next to the font name. Follow the instructions on the following page if applicable. A zip file should download. Locate the zip file and open it. Open all of the .ttf or .otf files and click the "install" buttom at the top of the window that opens.

If you're getting an "invalid font" error, trying logging in as Administrator. Don't drag the files directly from the zip folder in to the fonts folder: this won't work. If you're still having issues installing, please google "invaild font" and you should find some discussion boards.

Disclaimer: Most of these fonts are free for commercial use. Please read the license on each font before using them. The downloaded zip files should contain a text document called "license." It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions for each font you choose to download. Any font listed as "Demo" means you are allowed to download and try for free. You will need to purchase the license if you decide to use the font past the mock-up phase.

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