There are times that a letterform itself makes for a perfect text container. The letter ‘g’ I’ve used here really was really perfect without text but the shape was too divine to ignore it. The font family (Pistilli) it came from was designed by Claude Pelletier and is free from the usual free font websites. Thank you so much for sharing, Claude.
Filling a letterform with text in Illustrator is easy enough when there are no inner shapes to deal with, eg, the letter ‘T’. Then simply go to Type>Create Outlines and use the Area Type tool to type or paste some text into the outline of the letter.
Things get a little peskier when there are inny-bits! It’s not difficult though but you have to deal with compound paths and text wrapping – and creating a separate outline to finish it off.
I’ve written an Illustrator tutorial in lots of baby steps with screen grabs to help even the most inexperienced Illustrator user – download the Text In Shape tutorial here:
Text in Shape Illustrator tutorial.
I hope it comes in useful for you.
These glossy buttons are very easy to make and quick to do. I’ve written up an Illustrator tutorial and set out the step-by-step instructions for you. Feel free to download it here:
Free Illustrator Tutorial – Make Glossy Button
Making these definitely falls into my ‘Something nice to do on a rainy day’ category – like making this Something nice to do… graphic yesterday. I could write up a tutorial for this if you want it – drop me a line if you’d like it.
The weekend was bitterly cold! I went shopping just across the border in Newry. There are two shopping centres just a few minutes walk away from each other, the Quays and Buttercrane, and in those few minutes I thought my face would crack with the cold – it felt as though it was frozen solid!
Radio Nova dedicated the weekend to playing romantic records. As the drive to Newry was a good hour and a half each way, I heard a bunch of them and thought there were a few dubious choices in the mix particularly Paul Young’s ‘Every time you go away you take away a piece of meat with you’. Well, that’s as romantic as a bluebottle on the bum. I mean, what’s she doing? Nicking his pork chops? Leg of lamb? Soon put a stop to that, if I was him.
So, changing tack completely and happily, I’m giving you a free paper cutting file – just in time for St Valentine’s Day. It’s not totally soppy. I think it says plenty in a lovely way. You can download the SVG here:
Together We Are Magic
You’ll need a cutting machine, obviously, but it cuts well and isn’t too intricate or fiddly to weed. I hope you like it and remember, somebody, somewhere, loves you. Have a happy Valentine’s day.
Here are a few of the stitches I’ve been practising for my little cushion (see previous post).
Stem stitch is very sweet and is a definite favourite. Almost up there with the French Knot.
Back Stitch, Split Stitch and Running Stitch are useful basics to know as well.
I’m no expert at hand embroidery but enjoy it enormously and love adding new stitches to my repertoire.
I’m sharing with you my tutorial for sewing Feather Stitch today. It’s versatile, quick and easy.
You can download the full PDF tutorial here: feather stitch
Do you find the prospect of using even simple masks in Photoshop daunting? They’re easier than you think and are very useful. Add another skill to your Photoshop / Illustrator bag and follow this free tutorial here:
Filled frame clipping mask