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1.2 Software and Resources

In this lesson I’ll share with you some useful online resources to help support your learning outside the course, and talk about the software you’ll need to follow along with the project lessons.

1.2 Software and Resources

Welcome to the Art of Typography. My name is Grace Fussell, and in this lesson I'm going to let you know about the software that you will need to use to get the most out of this course. And I'll also give you some pointers towards some really useful online resources that can support your learning. The first software that I learned to use as a designer was Adobe InDesign, and I still think that InDesign is the best software for applying advanced typographic techniques to layouts. In this course, we'll be looking at how to typeset the pages of a book using InDesign. And if you've not used InDesign before, don't worry, it's quite intuitive to pick up. Think of it as a more advanced word processing program with added tools and panels that make it a bit more design friendly. I'm also going to show you how you can get a bit more experimental with typography in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Photoshop is perfect for when you want to be a bit more creative with typography and manipulate your type with effects and filters and layers. And Illustrator is an essential tool for when you want to take that next step into the world of type design and look at creating your own vectorized type logos and even creating your own fonts. So, to get the most out of the course projects, you'll need to have access to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. If you don't want to commit to purchasing the software you can download a free 30 day trial of each program from the Adobe Creative Cloud website which is up on your screen now. In the final project of the course, I'm going to show you how you can create your own font using Illustrator, and process it into a digital font file using one of the many font editing apps that are now available. For the demonstration, I'll be using an app called Glyphs. You can download again a thirty day trial of the Glyphs app from glyphsapp.com. So once you have all of your software programs downloaded and installed you're ready to get started with the project lessons. As you become more confident with using typography in your designs, you're going to want to find some resources that will support your work. What I'm really talking about here is where you can find good fonts. Now if you're using something like InDesign you're going to have a pre-installed set of fonts that are ready for you to use for any commercial work. And as we'll see in some of the later lessons, many of these fonts are timeless classics, which will serve you very well for most design projects. However, sometimes you're going to want to branch out and find a typeface that has a particular look or style that you can't find in your default font book. So when that happens, you want to head over to one of these websites to feed your font craving. So the first one is fontsquirrel.com. It's a really great site for free commercial fonts and you can filter the fonts by tag or choose hot or recent from the top menu to check out what's new and what's popular. The second website that is really good for fonts is fontspring.com. It's also a wonderful place to download from, some you will have to pay for, but often you can download a particular weight or style of a font for free. So it's well worth bookmarking. And also, there are loads of great special fonts on graphicriver, which are really good value to you, so check that you if you're looking for something a bit different. Finally, if you need to identify a font that you love, you can do no better than trying out myfonts.com's WhatsTheFont app. Simply upload a picture of the font that you can't identify, and the app will bring up the closest matches to the typed style. It's also a really great way of finding fonts that are similar to custom made fonts which are common amongst brand fonts and logos. And, if you're looking for more clarification as specific typography terms, pay a visit to Ellen Lipton's thinking with type website which is thinkingwithtype.com. This site accompanies Ellen's book of the same name, and I would really recommend it, it's a fantastic detailed overview of all the technical rules and terms associated with typography. Okay, so keep those helpful resources noted down, and you can use them to help you create your own type design work outside of the course. Great, okay, so when you're ready, let's head over to the next lesson. And we're gonna go back in time to the origins of typography.

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