How to pick fonts | Gabriel Ortolan | Skillshare

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9 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro - what this class is about

    • 2. Every font leaves an impression

    • 3. Missing glyphs

    • 4. Testing every font

    • 5. Serif vs non-serif

    • 6. Handwritten fonts

    • 7. Picking too many fonts

    • 8. Sending for printing and recomendations

    • 9. Summing it up

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About This Class

This class is about how to pick fonts. If you are in need to create a layout but are kind of lost in relation of how to choose fonts, so this class is for you. Here I talk about how every font leaves an impression (that depends on what the message is that you are trying to achieve), the possibility that you have in testing every font so that you know that the most appropriate font has been chosen, and including a few recommendations of mine, between other things.

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Gabriel Ortolan

Illustrator & Animator


I graduated in Technology in Graphic Arts (almost the same as Graphic Design) by the Federal Technological University of Paraná (Brazil) and also completed a Post Graduate on Comics and a Post Graduate on Game Design. Right now I'm trying to improve my drawing skills. It's not only something I believe I'm good at, but also my passion, although still have a lot to learn. And by doing that I discovered another thing I love: animation. Well, in fact, tradicional animation. Check out my Youtube channel for more videos.

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1. Intro - what this class is about: do you? Hi, everybody. My name is Gabriel and owns Project. I try to share with you some points that have to consider when picking funds for hourly out . Whether it's on page only are hundreds on a single project. So I think that you proved to be useful for artists on every kind of creation that killed sticks. The objective year is shooting both the content and the phones in harmony and make them work together as a whole, so let's do it. 2. Every font leaves an impression: Let's begin for accusing owned the idea that every phone has a concept that will be transmitted and leave an impression. This impression cannot be too aggressive and at the same time cannot stay behind the expected by the public. For example, days front over here transmit ah, way to different message from this one over here. Just bloody front that we will be even intensified if we did this. And, uh, as an example, it's a bad idea to pick a waitress. Simple phone from through a deeper ties Rocky concert, for example. First, true phones over here, not feet true. Transmit the message. Meanwhile, these old ones over here throws meet in the better way. The message. On the other hand, these ones over here, this two phones over here on the top, tress meat in a better way. The message, then this to they're the same as the previous ones. So it's just a matter off concept 3. Missing glyphs: it is very important to check if the front has every character glyphs needed. Most off Defensor ones have problem off missing characters. So sometimes, and especially for titles, there is the possibility off choosing a phone with missing characters and either replace these missing parts with similar phones or create the missing lifts from scratch. Either way, it is a risk because the result has, ah, high chance off liking consistence and looking like badly don't work. So, for example, these over here works for titles but lacks on on these ones. The last line is actually another type the you're missing cliffs. 4. Testing every font: it's complicated and time consuming task as it may seems, it is a good idea to try every front available just to make sure that the best option is being chosen, meaning because switching to another phoned in the future can represent a lot off rework and are not needed change off layout, even at the same phone size. Sometimes the change can be very meaningful, especially if you were talking about ah, 200 or 300 Bages work. No, this is just an example, but we have here the front century, the type century. So I'm going to change, eat for book antiqua and look how look how the change is minimal. So we have here book and no, the air equivalent and at the four e size doesn't generate a lot off rework. But as a change to basket view, Old face at the same size and eight line work turned to a six line work that should be avoided at as much as possible to not generate ah lot off rework 5. Serif vs non-serif: when haven't rituals between service? If and known serif fonts always have in mind that the serif those foam liro stem continuations over here or over here are over here are meant to make the reading easier. So it's natural to peak several phones for long tests and know several phones for titles. Although there is nothing wrong in Choose Sarah phones for titles as well. In this case, it's more a way off, not leading the whole way out boring, with just one chosing phoned. 6. Handwritten fonts: avoid the using, fancy and hand written phones for texts. That is almost never a good idea. It's one off. Then catch, sir, I there is the option off. Choosy it for titles, and I also try to not exaggerate because that kind of phone can make the reader view tired very quickly. 7. Picking too many fonts: as one off the final chips do not big weight many phones to use at the same layout, unless that is exactly the concept you're trying to achieve. Mess usually one front for the title and other for the text are enough to make layout efficient. So over here we have a good solution. Unknown Surf phoned for the title and a serif font for the text. Over here we have per solution that has a title Neck honest phoned, another on hand, written, phoned. It's a mess. 8. Sending for printing and recomendations: try to pick a common fronts if you are sending a fire to somewhere else to print or edit. If that person doesn't have different installed, your have knee shoes either sent font files on long or save the layout as a close format such as pdf in the first option you all hour edition and second you prevent it. I think that are great examples it We will stay good on the layout. So, uh, Eletrica Berdan Ah, Kandahar Uh, several phones Times New Roman Korir, New Azotic Your phones we have sent to regard tick, Cumbria and offensive phones. We have university Roman, tragic, pro for condensed phones. We have burst juice terms and impact. 9. Summing it up: so choose from Europe the topics and tips that we spoke about. How every phone to thieves impression missing lifts our characters, trying every front serif versus known serif phones, avoiding using fencing and hand written for texts. Avoid speaking to many phones. Try to be common fronts and recommendations, so that's it.