Designer Type – One Letter at a Time

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Since I was a kid, I have been surround by letters as my Father owned his own sign painting shop. Letters were in my blood. My Father would take me to the job sites where he worked, and his sign shop occupied most of our basement. As his helper, he showed me the ropes to old school hand lettering and sign painting. Continue reading

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Digital Arts + Design Master Class Course – Now Available

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Do you want to improve your digital art designs?  As a designer you have a split second to attract someone to your product, as it is competing with so many others.  Or maybe this is for internal use such as business presentations? And you want people to buy into your ideas.  Or maybe you just really enjoy digital arts as hobby and want to make the best of that?  This course can help you with that and more! Continue reading

Oktoberfest Calligraphy Tutorial

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Oktoberfest is right around the corner, and what a better way to mark the event but with classic German calligraphy.  This calligraphic typeface is based on Klingspore by Rudolf Koch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Koch). This is a beautiful Gothic typeface.

This authentic calligraphy was created using a 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen.  It was later scanned, and digitally processed to create the gold raised effect.  It was finally draped on top of the two background images.  The pooling of the ink by the original calligraphy pen creates differences in height and colour.  This effect mixes authentic calligraphy with modern digital arts.  The digital effects were created with GIMP & Inkscape (FREE software). Read more at http://flickr.com/steveczajka.  And “en Prosit!”

Cheers
Steve

Learn Gothic Calligraphy and Lettering – Online Calligraphy Course

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Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering in this online calligraphy course.  All available as a digital download.

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View Steve’s portfolio at http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka

Below is a listing of the course topics . . .

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Circular Calligraphy Border – Full Edition – Part 5

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In the fifth and final part of this video tutorial series, lean about the final images and how you can freely use them yourself. Also check out my final thoughts on the project.

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Circular Calligraphy Border – Full Texture Edition – Part 4

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In part 4 of the video tutorial series, learn about how the final circular calligraphy border image processing was done using open source GIMP software. Keep in mind that this video is designed for GIMP users who have an intermediate skill level.

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