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Times Roman vs. Times New Roman

The Times (Roman) and Times New Roman typefaces, while similar in name and appearance, are not exactly the same. The Times New Roman on your computer is a Monotype font, and Times is a Linotype font.

The Digital Art Studio: Rescuing Old Photos #2

Although most of my family photos are stashed away in rarely-opened albums, I have always kept a few special mementos close at hand. One of the photos I have often kept nearby is a much-faded photo of

Letterforms: Typeface Design from Past to Future

If you love type and want to know more about letterforms and the history of typefaces, this book is for you. Within the covers of Letterforms: Typeface Design from Past to Future, designer, author,

Get the Most Out of Your Next Laptop

If you’re in the market for a laptop computer for creative work, in some ways you’ve got more options than you did 5 or 10 years ago. That may sound hard to believe as some laptops become as sealed

Colorizing Black and White Photos in Photoshop

Photographs of figures from the past, shot in black and white, always have a historical distance that can make them harder to relate to. Here’s a straightforward way to bring color into those images,

Scanning Around With Gene: The Dire Consequences of Careless Bike Riding

One of my most popular columns of recent times highlighted a safety booklet from the 1940s entitled “It’s Great to Be Alive.” If you didn’t catch that installment, you should take a look — it’s pretty

Italic and the Many Types of Emphasis in Text

Should you use italic in your text? What about bold? Bold italic? Underline? How much formatting is too much? The question reminds me of a tragicomic story I heard during the CreativePro Week

Creating Better Brand Images with Graham Clifford

Branding is the term used to describe the creation of an identity for a product, company, or business, which distinguishes it from others and makes it stand out to its potential customer. It is one of

The Best of Scanning Around with Gene: Summertime Scans

With much of the United States sweltering in a heat wave, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some of the coolest vintage summertime images from the Scanning Around With Gene series. OH BOY, IT’S SUMMER!

How to Make a Solid Gold Ring With Photoshop

When a Welsh friend wanted to propose to his girlfriend, he thought it would be a good move to present her with an engagement ring in the form of a Welsh dragon. He’d done a rough sketch; it was up to

Variable Fonts: the Future is (almost) Here!

Ever since the demise of hot metal typesetting and the eventual rise of digital font technology (with a bit of phototypesetting in-between), type designers have been looking for ways to give back to

Making an Image Out of Words With Photoshop

If you’ve got a message, you could just set it as text. Or you could get creative, and replace part of an image with the words you want to convey. It’s a dramatic effect, and not too difficult to

Extensis and Monotype Form Strategic Partnership to Integrate World’s Largest Font Collection with Industry Leading Font Management Solutions

Press Release Portland, Ore.―June 26, 2018―Extensis® and Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE) today announced they are partnering to advance a shared mission to maximize the power of font

10 Best Apps to Improve Your iPhone Photos

The cameras and processing power in today’s smartphones have come a long way since CreativePro published the first version of this article in 2009. While some people are perfectly happy editing the

Using the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator provides many useful methods to create color blends including the Gradient Tool, Mesh Tool, and Blend Tool. The Gradient Tool is powerful and effective and most importantly very intuitive,

Convert Illustrator to PowerPoint & Keynote With Recosoft IR2Office

I saw some software at the CreativePro Week conference in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago that was really exciting and I wanted to share it with you: The new IR2Office tool from Recosoft that lets

CreativePro Week 2018 Wrap-up

In its second year as a mega-conference, CreativePro Week has come fully into its own. Combining what were once separate events, this year’s conference in New Orleans built on last year’s inaugural

The Vernacular Typography Project

Wherever you go – from around the corner to around the world – examples of local, “vernacular” typography and lettering can be seen in storefronts, street and address markers, circuses and carnivals,

Using the Fade Command in Photoshop

Ever wish you could partially undo a change you made to an image in Photoshop? You can, with the help of the Fade command. Immediately after applying a filter or adjustment, choose Edit > Fade (or

Surreal Photoshop Effects: Swimming on Land

People swim in swimming pools. Or in the sea. But why limit ourselves to the obvious? In this tutorial we’ll see how to cut out a swimmer and place him so he’s swimming down the middle of a country