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Typographic Logos Class is now on Udemy and Skillshare

Type-based logos, also known as logotypes and wordmarks, are a powerful way to define the style of your brand. Creating your own custom lettering (instead of using a pre-built font) is your opportunity to make something truly unique.

Whether you need to design custom lettering for a company logo, a t-shirt, advertising, or your own personal brand, I’ll show you how to find inspiration, sketch out your rough ideas, refine your design and bring it into the computer. From there, you will learn how to create color options and add in some shading and texture.

In the class, I’ll walk you through how to start from (chicken) scratch to create this logo. After that, it’s your turn to find your own style and show the world what you can make!

Typographic Logos Class

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Free Download of the Week: Nature Camo

Hi there!

If you are in a creative slump, one of the best ways to spur some ideas is to get outside and take a walk.

The other day, I took a walk down the street while on a break from designing. I looked up and saw a tree with a very interesting “camouflage” pattern in its bark.

In some ways, the pattern in the tree looked more like man-made camo… than man-made camouflage looks like real trees!

Nature Camo” is this week’s free download.

It might make an interesting background for your graphics. Perhaps you can posterize it down to a few shades and get a unique look.

If you come up with a good use, be sure to let me know!

~Ray

Nature Camo

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Free Download of the Week: Denim Texture

Have you ever hear of Mauritius? It’s a beautiful island east of Africa, and I hear they have some good surfing there :) This week I received an email from Said, who is from Mauritius. He requested a denim texture. So here you go, Said!

This week’s free download is a denim texture in jpeg, bitmap tiff, and Photoshop brush format.

In Adobe Illustrator, place the bitmap tiff on top of your graphic. Bitmap tiffs have transparent backgrounds when placed into Illustrator documents. You can assign it any color, just as if it were a vector object.

In Photoshop, I recommend using the Photoshop brush to add distress. Just double click on the .abr file and it will load into your brushes palette. Then just use it to paint texture right into your graphic.

If you are using a new version of Photoshop, use the high resolution brush. If you are using an older version of Photoshop you may need to use the lower resolution brush.

~Ray

P.S. If you want more free downloads, sign up for my (also free) TheVectorLab Newsletter. You will receive a FREE Download of Graphic Design Launch Kit, Design Tips and Tutorials, Notification of New Items and Things of Interest, as well as direct download links to a Free Download of the Week (Every week!)

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