can you do a tutorial on your fonts? :)
Sure! I’m assuming you mean the text on my gifs; I’ll make a list of tips since there isn’t really a specific set of steps, but there are certain things I pay attention to when I add text.
Unless it’s part of the image (example), you don’t want the font to be overly large. I find some people when doing a simple “text across the center” thing tend to up the font size and make it super bold to make it easier to read and then it just kind of gets in the way. For readability, I highly recommend increasing the tracking (letter-spacing) instead.
Tracking is the space between each letter. It’s located here:
Increasing tracking helps readability immensely. Below is 0 vs 300:
TOO MANY SPECIAL EFFECTS
It’s easy to go overboard with the special effects (warping, etc.) because they’re fun to play with, but keeping it simple is best. You sort of don’t want your text to look like it came straight of out the free word art in MS Word.
MAKING TEXT STAND OUT
Adding a stroke (outline) to the type can work in some cases, but many times it looks outdated instead. For the most part I recommend:
- Drop shadow (play with the softness/opacity)
- Duplicate with a complimentary color beneath
- Darken/lighten parts of the image beneath or paint over it
The most important thing is just to choose your image. Some images/scenes just don’t take well to text due to how much is going on in it.
I don’t recommend using more than 2 fonts. Generally, a sans serif font pairs well with a script (cursive) font. If you use serif with a script, there can be too much going on. But as always, it just depends. Some fonts go well together and some don’t. You can read more specific tips about font pairing here.
USE SMART FILTERS
Convert to Smart Filters turns your type layer into a Smart Object so you can add filters like Blur without rasterizing the layer. This is useful because if you decide to edit the text, you don’t have to start over. Just double click the layer and it’ll open up an editable file (a .psb). Make your changes and save. It’s helpful for effects like this; I edited the text on that a few times, but I didn’t have to retype it each time and rasterize again to add the blur effect.