Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Iffy's Favorite Free Fonts: Fillable Edition


Fillable [/fil ˈābəl/]
A font with multiple styles that may be stacked upon each other to achieve different finished looks.
                                                                            -Iffy's Made Up Definitions

Hello my Fabulous Font Fanatics! In this post, I will be focusing on fonts that you can tweak into something that will match any kit you are working with. I shall call them Fillables. I do, however, realize some might gawk at my made up word, and if there is a proper name for this type of font, please let me know in the comments below. Google and I spent long hours trying to find the right name for these, to no avail. If you are still a little lost as to what I am actually talking about each of the font families below come with multiple fonts that you can layer on top of each other.
Included with Download:
 Sample Photo of Flatbread Font
The finished text with paper clipped to the solid font and outlines layered on top:
 Sample Photo of Flatbread Font
 In order to use the different parts of this font, I suggest using making a separate canvas in your design program and creating your word art in that window, then dropping it on to your page.  You may also find it helpful to choose a different color for each layer of text so that you can easily see what you are working with. Additionally, some tweaking of the character spacing and size maybe be necessary to line the letters up properly.

Now on to the goodies!

Iffy's Favorite Free Fonts: Fillable Edition

Please Click the name of the font you would like to download below, it will redirect you to the download site.
FlatBread
Cheri
Impact Label
KG The Last Time
Londrina
MJ
NeoRetroDraw
Ships In The Knight
Toeris

If you would like to get the papers used in this post, please stop by Sweet Caroline Studios at Pixels & Company and scoop up the Pistachio Kit.

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Release | Sweet Sundae

Today is the last day of sweet caroline studio's Featured Designer Sale


To round out this week as Featured Designer here is a New Release:



You can pick up the Full Kit for a discount over buying each part individually, but if you only fancy one or two items, that's an option too. 




Some inspiration from the Creative Team:

by Sara
by Tiffany
by Kate
by Bea

We are so close to 400 fans on Facebook, and you get the gift when we get there! 
4 Templates from the Creative Team. Share with your friends and everyone gets the gift. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Let's turn an alpha into a brush set!



I admit to being an alphabet collector. I love using alphas for titles, insert words, big impact, overlays, backgrounds, even text. But, sometimes dealing with one letter at a time can be tedious. So, if it’s an alpha I know I will use repeatedly, I like to turn it into a brush set to make it a little easier to use. Here’s how.

In my sample I used Celeste’s Sweet Briar alpha.  I like the whimsical look to this font. This alpha is a good choice to turn into a brush set, because it comes complete with upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation.  But, for the purpose of converting anything into a brush, you are better off filling the image with black, as this will give you more versatility once it’s converted to a brush. In this case I filled the alpha sheet png with black, then I duplicated the black alpha sheet twice, and merged the layers. This gave the program more pixels to work with for the brush, but still left that variation in depth that Celeste used in creating the alpha.

Step 1:

  1. Using your rectangular marquee tool, select the first letter you want in your brush set.
  2. Click on edit on the top tool bar, then define brush. Voila, I just made an “A” brush.
  3. Click on the brush tool on the left, and the drop down arrow next to the word “brush” above your photo bin, and you will see the “A” brush.

Step 2:

However, the “A” brush attached itself to the last brush set that was loaded. I want to save the whole alpha as its own set, where I know I will find it again, under the Sweet Briar kit in my Celeste Knight folder. To do this:
  1. Click on the brush tool on the left, and the drop down arrow next to the word “brush” above your photo bin, and click on “preset manager.”
  2. Click on the brush you want to use to create the alpha set (the “A” in my example). 
  3. Click on “save set” from the right-hand menu choices. 
  4. Navigate to the place in your computer where you want to save your set, and click save.

Step 3:  

Now, if you click on the brush tool on the left, click on the drop down arrow next to the word “brush” above your photo bin, and click load brushes, you will be able to navigate to the saved brush set.



Step 4:

Now that your new brush set is loaded, it’s easy to follow the step 1 method above to define each letter. It will automatically add each letter to the saved brush set as you define each letter. Be sure to save occasionally as you build the brush set, by:


  1. Click on the brush tool on the left, and the drop down arrow next to the word “brush” above your photo bin, and click on “preset manager.” 
  2. Click on all of the brushes you want to include in the alpha set (the “A” through “Z” in my example).
  3. Click on “save set” from the right-hand menu choices.
  4. Navigate to the place in your computer where you want to save your set, and click save, and then replace.

So now you have a permanent brush set ready to be used whenever you want!