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Beautiful Creative Typography Tuts from Vectortuts+

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Creative Typography is more than just a fancy font, it's an expressive form of typography that transforms letters into works of art. Using the letter-forms as a medium for expression and storytelling, Creative Typography takes words or phrases and matches them with illustrative and artistic finishes that further enhance the mood of the design. The following roundup of tutorials from the Vectortuts+ archives showcases some of the best Creative Typography tuts we have published to date.

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  • Quick Tip: Create an Airport Time Table Type Effect

    Quick Tip: Create an Airport Time Table Type Effect

    Typographic elements are ideal to create in vector as you can scale and copy them as you like and change the colors to suit your designs. In the following Quick Tip tutorial you will learn how to use various shapes and gradient effects to create an airport timetable text effect that’s perfect for websites, poster designs or even logos.

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  • Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering

    Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering

    In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different beveled lettering styles. Starting with my least favorite, and least complex, working my way to a style of beveled lettering that accomplishes an extremely polished and professional look.

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  • How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 1

    How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 1

    In this two part tutorial, we’re going to look at how to create a brief typographic message from scratch. In part one we’ll go over the basics of constructing the letterforms.

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  • How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 2

    How to Create an Entangled Lettering Illustration – Part 2

    In the second part of this tutorial series, we’re going to bring this treatment to life with some color. Stick around to learn about casting shadows and highlights through abstract color shapes.

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    Creating an Environmentally Friendly Green Type Treatment

    With oil prices the way they are today, everybody is thinking Green. I have done many projects recently that require a Green style applied to the design. In the following Illustrator tutorial, I’ll teach you how to create a Green type treatment. It works great for logos and other design elements.

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  • Create a Glowing Neon Sign using the Appearance Palette

    Create a Glowing Neon Sign using the Appearance Palette

    This tutorial shows the potential the Appearance Palette in Adobe Illustrator. We’ll be building an elaborate neon sign, utilizing the Appearance Palette to speed up the process and remove the need of drawing complex paths.

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  • Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator

    Create a Furry Calligram in Illustrator

    In this tutorial I will walk you through creating your own calligram inspired by a dog named Poppy. You’ll learn how to manipulate a typeface through to rendering fur, adding doggy features, and various details.

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  • Create a Green Viscous Text Effect

    Create a Green Viscous Text Effect

    In the following tutorial expand an existing font, use illustrator’s 3D tools to add dimension, and then add a green viscous text effect. If you want to add a fun, vector text effect to your portfolio, then get started now.

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    Create Colorful, Layered Paper Type in Illustrator

    In winter, here in the Ukraine it’s rather cold and snowy, I oftentimes find myself creating colorful illustrations that compensate for the cold weather. Today I will show you how to brighten your mood by creating vivid illustrations with layered paper text and ribbons. We’ll create custom type and use Illustrator effects extensively to optimize our work.

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  • Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering

    Getting Carried Away with Balloon Lettering

    If there are balloons near by, you’ve probably had or will be having some fun. I love balloons! So in this tutorial I will cover the process of creating some illustrative shiny balloon lettering. You will also learn how to create rounded, semi-transparent, bubble letters that will make up the basis of the balloon lettering. Let’s have some fun!

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    How to Create a Smokin’ Western Type Treatment in Illustrator

    In this easy tutorial, I will show you how to create a western type treatment primary using Illustrator’s Effects. Using the effects from this tutorial, you can easily apply them to other type treatment and logos. Let’s get started!

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    Make an Old Style Sign From Scratch in CorelDRAW

    Following the instructions below you will learn the steps of creating a custom sign board. The base of a good shop sign design is the text which is the message itself conveyed towards the possible customers. All the rest of the sign should be built around the text.

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    Create a Vibrant 3D Pixel Type Treatment

    In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a fun 3D pixel font type treatment. Using a free font, gradients, and Illustrator 3D filter, you will easily create a type treatment that you can apply to many other fonts.

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    How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

    In this Illustrator tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It’s a relative easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.

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  • Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering

    Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering

    In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different script lettering styles. We will start with a nice simple basic script, touch on a more athletic inspired lettering style and work our way to a classic, fancy script.

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  • Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

    Create a Variety of 3D Lettering Effects for Poster Design

    In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches for creating simple 3D lettering effects in the context of poster design. Onward and upward we go!

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