Futuristic Abstractions II
1. First up, lets open up your abstract art that you made in the futuristic abstraction tutorial part 1. We are going to now go over how to apply some good looking typography on the image that you have created. After you have opened your image, we want to first understand where is a good place for type to go on your design. You want to look for both busy and empty spaces in your design and balance them out. I usually focus on the small typography layout.
2. Lets first focus on the character palette on photoshop. First of all you want to choose a good font. Serif fonts like TIMES, GARAMOND, ETC, does NOT work well. You need to choose a good San Serif font. Another thing you have to look out for is that it looks nice small. I mean so small that it looks crisp at pt size of 2. If you want to go smaller, that’s fine too.
Another good tip is that you use pixel based fonts if you can. I used a font called “hooge”.
Now I highlighted sections where we need to focus:
Point size: It should be around 2 to 6. Sometimes I use 8, but only if it looks good or have a general purpose.
Tracking: This really doesn’t matter too much since you won’t read the text anyway, But don’t do a tracking of the negative range.
The type antialias on Photoshop is awesome. Try out different options of STRONG, SMOOTH, CRISP. I usually use STRONG.
Now you see that small type on the top image? That’s kind of the effect we want.
3. Now cut and paste that same text all over the place on your document. Now don’t be too random about it though. Make sure you work with a good eye coordination of good layout using type. This is what good typography is based on. Good layout skills. Try rotating type around to make the same type look different.
What I usually do is get random text from a news site like www.cnn.com, and just copy and paste their text into my design. I try to look for a paragraph that has a nice right ragged edge on the paragraph.
Another thing you can do is erasing the text itself. Get the eraser tool, and set your mode option to pencil. This is a method to do whatever you can to make the paragraph look different from each other.
4. Now lets add bigger text. I added my big text of a size of 42. And kind of applied my own effects to it (erased the buttom half of my font).And then what u want to do is apply layer effects on it. Usually overlay works great on high contrasted images like what I have here. But also try applying different opacity settings and that makes things look nice too.
Add some more bigger text and make sure you don’t add too much. Play around with different font sizes to a good relationship of big texts going.
5. LINES! We are going to add some cool lines. Get your line drawing tool (hiding under your shape drawing tools), and we are going to draw some lines. Now important thing is that again you don’t add too much. Holding down the shift key and drawing a line will keep your line constrained to a straight verticle/horizontal lines as well as a promosing 45 degree angle lines. Now when u draw lines, your layer palette should create a shape layer every time. You want to always rasterize the layer by RIGHT clicking (Macintosh: CTRL+CLICK) on the circle part you see on the layer section. And then select RASTERIZE LAYER on the pop up window. Now can you use something else to draw lines? Sure you can. You can use the single line marquee tool, or the pencil tool, but I use the line shape tool so I can convert it as a path if I want to put type along the 45 degree diagnol edge of the line. But pencil tool works great as well. As matter of fact it saves you more time. So why not? After you draw your lines it’s a good idea to change the opacity settings to something lower then 60%.
6. Now adding circular lines with the circle marquee tool is a good way to break away from the horizontal and verticle type and line grid too. It adds some more organic elements to your design. I usually make huge ones. Again the circle can be constrained poportionally by holding the SHIFT key. After you make the circle, go to EDIT > STROKE and add a 1 pixel white line.
My Final Result.