I chose a color for the stairway: Campground from Behr. I’m painting this weekend, so we’ll see how it looks…
There’s a nice tutorial over at Suffix.Abuse about using glyphs. Many fonts have alternate versions of letters that you can use for a more decorative look, and you can access them in Illustrator and InDesign through the glyphs menu.
For those of you on a Mac, the Keyboard Viewer is another helpful way to get the most out of your fonts.
Bring up your System Preferences (found in the Applications folder), and click on “International”.
Next, check the box for the Keyboard Viewer (under the Input Menu tab). You may want the Character Palette as well. Scroll down a bit and choose your language/country too.
You can close your System Preferences now. You should see a new icon in the top right of your screen, in the Finder’s Input Menu (don’t worry… I didn’t know it had a name either). Click and hold on the icon and select “Show Keyboard Viewer”.
A little keyboard will show up on your screen, and it responds to any key you press. Then you can choose a specific font off the Font Menu.
Now you can look for that fancy ‘d’, the ‘y’ with the big flourish, or just find the copyright symbol (hint: it’s option + g).
Do you love fonts like I love fonts? I spent several thousand dollars on them last year, and I’m not even sure what the total has been so far for 2007. Don’t worry, they’re tax deductible for me (like that actually justifies anything). Plus, I need them! Fonts for logos, fonts for websites, fonts for stationery, fonts for new card designs, fonts because they’re pretty… OK, maybe that last reason isn’t valid.
Anyway. Point is, me likey some fonts. And now you can benefit.
I’ve started with five free fonts: cantabile, fizzpop, ghostwood, pharmacy (as seen in the banner above), and woody. They’re rotating randomly with each page load. Look for them on the far right sidebar, above my wishlist.
I’ll add new fonts periodically too. Would you like me to stick to the freebies (usually available for personal use only), or should I include fonts to be purchased as well?
My Kaffe Fassett fabric from Sew, Mama, Sew is here!
That was fast. I just ordered it Saturday morning!
p.s. Brandon picked up some flowers for me when he was grocery shopping. Isn’t that sweet?