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Friday
Mar232012

Font Love, Vol. XXVIII: Hlmt Rounded

Happy Friday blog friends! It's been a busy week here and so I decided to do a quick Font Friday post because it's been awhile since I shared a type favorite. Also I sadly don't have time to post something more extensive today. I apologize and will make up for it next week. Promise!

I just discovered this sweet hand-drawn font by Heather T. on DaFont called Hlmt Rounded. It's a great freebie, skinny text (my favorite) and very legible. Check it out. What do you think?

My favorite detail, by far, is the lowercase 't.' Isn't that great?! Hlmt Rounded is just a basic sans serif but I think it is good to always have a few of these in your arsenal. I have a few favorites and I swap them out occasionally to graphically change up the look. This one is a new favorite and you'll be seeing it more around here now.

And I'll leave you with a pretty bit of inspiration to start your weekend. I love this quote by Roald Dahl. What a nice reminder to cherish those 'unlikely places' in life. I definitely don't do it enough. Hopefully we can all remember this and enjoy the little things this weekend.

Happy Friday!

Friday
Feb172012

Font Love, Vol. XXVII: Learning Curve

Happy Friday everyone! Feels good doesn't it? I decided to make it a Font Friday and share one of my all-time, free favorites. I've been using this font for awhile so I'm not sure why I'm only posting about it now. Better late than never I guess. This freebie is called Learning Curve and it comes in a regular and a dashed version. It is a take on traditional, handwritten cursive but it feels more modern. Unlike some cursive scripts, Learning Curve is very legible. I like pairing it with skinny sans serif fonts like Quicksand. It is always a go-to when I want a little flair but not too much.

  

Learning Curve was designed by Blue Vinyl Fonts. The designer Jess Latham is also responsible for another one of my favorites Print Clearly which I use all the time. I think both are a great duo for any designer to have in their arsenal of fonts.

If you want to see more font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

I hope everyone has a great weekend. What are your plans? I have some family out for a few days so that should keep me pretty occupied. Looking forward to catching up and sharing family meals with loved ones that I don't see too often. Hopefully I can get a few fun side projects done too.

Friday
Dec022011

Font Love, Vol. XXIV: Dawning of a New Day

Happy Friday blog world and it's a Font Friday at that! The type love that we have going on here makes Fridays even more sweet. I have another freebie to share today, a lovely kind of the handwritten variety by designer Kimberly Geswein. Kimberly actually has a whole slew of handwritten fonts (see them all on DaFont) that are free for personal use. I actually recognized a few personal favorites as I was browsing her collection but today I want to highlight Dawning of a New Day. It is a simple script but perfect if your cursive isn't quite up to snuff. I know mine is lacking majorly so Kimberly's version is a great alternative.

As a matter of fact, all of my writing, print and cursive alike, is suffering these days in the era of computers. Now that I am out of school I rarely have a reason to write. When I do write it's usually in my personal sketchbooks and I don't worry too much what my writing looks like in there...hence writing that is becoming less and less beautiful. Is handwriting becoming a lost art? I doubt it will completely go away but I have so much respect and fascination for the handwriting of our ancestors. I cherish the delicate script on the back of postcards that I collect when I'm antique shopping. Do you find you are writing less and less? Sometimes when I do write for too long (like for more than 5 minutes straight) my hand starts to hurt. So sad! I used to have to write timed essays that were pages long in high school. I should work on my writing tolerance apparently.

Here is a little inspiration I created with Dawning of a New Day:

Photo: Ruffles & Light via Pinterest 

If you want to see more font picks, check out the blogs of my other type-lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Also for the last two days I have been doing some major Photoshopping to clean up my blog and create new links, badges, and icons for easier navigation. I still have a few tweaks to make but the column on the right-hand side is evidence of my work. I think the design looks a lot cleaner and more cohesive. I would love to get some professional help one day but for now I like the adjustments and customizations I can make here on Squarespace. Do you like the changes I've made?

Happy Friday friends and have a great weekend! See you all next week.

Friday
Oct282011

Font Love, Vol. XXIII: Quicksand

Ya, it's Friday!  And ya, it's Font Friday too!  I have been slacking a bit on my Font Fridays picks but I'm hoping to fix that and make it a bi-monthly feature from here on out.  Nothing beats a pretty font but especially a pretty and free font and that is exactly what I have to share today.  Let me introduce Quicksand...

Quicksand isn't particularly anything new...in fact it has been around on Font Squirrel since 2009 and I've seen it many times.  But what particularly caught my eye and my reason for sharing it today was the Quicksand Dash format which is very reminiscent of a running stitch.  You could use this font for all kinds of crafty projects to get that hand stitched look.  Or you could use it as a guide when stitching letters.  The running stitch is the most basic but I think it can be rather beautiful when arranged in a nice composition like these samplings from Martha Stewart:

And the other great thing about Quicksand is that it comes in six other formats, seven total: Dash, Light, Light Oblique, Book, Book Oblique, Bold, and Bold Oblique.  So seven fonts in one, all for free is a pretty great deal.  Here is a preview of all the different formats:

So what do you think of Quicksand?  Would you use it for crafting?  

If you want to see more great font picks, check out the blogs of my other font friends...

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Happy Font Friday and have a great weekend everyone!  Be sure to check back next week for an extra special font feature that our type lovin' group will be highlighting.

Wednesday
Nov172010

Awesome Photoshop Actions

I am a big fan of Photoshop!  I use the program almost everyday for photo editing and manipulation as well as some graphic design work (I rely on Illustrator for most of my graphic design).  Yes the program is pricey but if you're in the design world, it's a must and definitely a worthwhile investment (my opinion of course). 

Although I consider myself adequately skilled in the program and able to do photo adjustments on my own, it is always great to find pre-set Photoshop actions that will do the work for you.  For those that don't know about actions (prepare yourself because they are amazing!), they are basically a recipe for a picture.  A specific action may increase the contrast by a certain amount while also doing color correction or making the image brighter.  The actions are set so you can make all of your images have the same look and feel to them.  For photographers, actions are great because they can make processing a lot quicker.  And they are also fun because they can give your otherwise bland pictures, some fun color effects.  

I have seen actions for sale around the web before but because I am not a professional photographer, I cannot justify the price tag.  The other day I came across some free actions and I am over-the-moon excited about them.  And the expression over-the-moon is appropriate because the blog where I found the actions is called Paint the Moon, a blog by photographer Annie Manning.  Here you can not only see Annie's gorgeous photographs but also buy all kinds of great action sets (for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!!).  Paint the Moon also offers some free actions and I think this is a great way to test them out before buying.  I am definitely considering a few other action sets myself because so many of these are spectacular but I'm glad that I have the free ones for now.  It is so much fun to mix and match them and see what you can come up with.  

I downloaded two different sets from Paint the Moon, one called The Bee's Knees and the other called Sweet Treats.  So you can see these sets in action (see the actions in action!), I've used them to process two of my own images.  First I'll show you the SOOC images (for non-camera geeks, SOOC stands for Straight-Out-Of-Camera, meaning I haven't processed it in anyway yet) and then I'll show you the different action effects.  Both pictures were taken during my time in Paris a few years ago.  Oh, Paris, how I love you!

So this is the SOOC image.  I haven't done anything to it yet.  Aren't those flowers beautiful?  Yikes, this post is going to make me crave Paris more than I already do. 

Now here is the image with the actions (the name of the specific action will appear below the photograph):

Vanilla Pop, Sunny Days, and Sea Delight are all part of The Bee's Knees action set.  Sunny Days is really simple, it just makes your image brighter and the colors more vibrant.  Both Vanilla Pop and Sea Delight dull the colors a bit and give the image an almost misty feel.  Sea Delight also gives it a bluish tint.  I have definitely used Vanilla Pop a lot.  

Misty Sunset, Sugar Cookies, Strawberries & Cream, and Lemon & Honey are all a part of the Sweet Treats action set.  I don't really like Lemon & Honey that much because it is too much contrast for my taste.  Misty Sunset and Sugar Cookies give this vintage vibe to the pictures which I'm really loving.  Strawberries & Cream is pretty subtle but with a pinkish tint which I like.  You can also mix and match these action sets (as well as increase/decrease their opacities) so the possibilities are endless.

Here is another picture I used the actions on.  This picture was taken along the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris.

Do you prefer one action to another?  Or are you lovin' them all like me?