Creative Act XXIV — Typography in Photoshop

I love the design process — constant learning & constant change — until finally you’ve created something you’re [kinda] happy with.  [Ha, notice the kinda?  Is there ever the ‘perfect’ finish for a creator?  There’s always some little change I want to do.  But, at some point, it’s time to say stop, look, & decide.

I’ve been working on developing a logo for my sites & glass design company.

It started with this initial-on-initial ‘logo’ for one of my writing sites.  The font is “Apple Chancery” with the name in .8 mm size & the initials in .15 mm size.  I like the way the B is totally enclosed within the D but still visible in the middle.

Next I played with the initials of my first two names in the same “Apple Chancery” font & size.

It was a simple matter to change the background to a blue that would go better with most of my websites — especially my Dawne Design site with the ocean header image.

Then I changed the font to see what a lighter, more delicate pen would look like.  This first time around, it seems quite light for viewing on a web page.  But I do like the delicateness of all the letters — especially the capital initials.  Both the name & the initials should be in ‘bold’.

This font is “Harrington”.  I really like the curls on the capital letters — this time I raised the initial V to be slightly higher than the D to have the two curls cross & almost look to be combined.  The name, though, might be too light —

–> what if I ‘bold’ it?  Since this font didn’t have bold, I duplicated the layer & tried to place it [at over 400% zoom] exactly over the first layer — not an exact pixel match!  It looked ‘smudged’ at that zoom level — how does it look here?

These are all in the “Iris” font.  The first is a .jpg file, while the others are .png files — is there any difference when viewing?  Also, the 1st .png file has ‘interlaced’ off, while the 2nd has it on — again, is there any difference when viewing?

I was extremely interested in how this “Lucinda Blackletter” font was going to turn out — I ‘erased’ out pixels in upper right corner of the V because it was almost touching the left side.  I like the way the full name turned out [a lot different working with pixels at 370% zoom!] but find the initials take up too much space — should I try them at a smaller font?

This Matura font is a little too ‘fat’ to work well for the screen.  I may try enlarging the font size of the name a few pixels but maybe only 1 pixel greater for the initials.  Also, the initials don’t seem to fit too well together — the D is tilted more to the right than the V.

The experiment continues . . .

I think I’m beginning to understand why some graphic artists get into developing new fonts — so many choices yet still not exactly what I want.  Hmmm . . . I started this because my original dawn scene contained too many colours [pretty expensive for printed matter like business cards & letterhead] — can I incorporate a simpler design of it with fewer colours [like 2 or 3 max]?

This is the Harrington font on top of my dawn graphic — the left image has the D more to the right of the V while the second image has the D slightly more to the left of the V ‘curl’.  At this stage, I think I prefer the left image because the letters are just a little less crowded & I like the little ‘flick’ of the D peeking out to the right.

These examples are of the DD [Dawne Design] on the same dawn image.  The left is in the Harrington font, while the right is in Apple Chancery.  I definitely like the curl with Harrington but I like the way the double Ds can be closer together with Chancery.

A couple of fonts in different colours for my registered business name:

Then there are a few possibilities for putting it together with the logo:

Still lots of work to do — Make It Simple!!


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