Typography has a powerful place in my life through social media. I've been creating images for a few months, probably longer, but I desire to improve my skills to not only covey the message I want, but also to make people want to look at the image.
What I'll be researching through my own work:
Fonts || Don't use too many. Don't be too fancy. Readable.
Background || I prefer solid colors when it comes to a lot of words, but that isn't interesting. Finding backgrounds that don't ruin the readability of your design is difficult as well.
Software || Illustrator vs. Photoshop
I used a combination of both Illustrator and Photoshop. Illustrator worked great for the text since it allowed me to align it all and for sizing. If I didn't want an image as the background, I think Illustrator would have worked for the entire photo.
Your Love Never Fails
I just don't like it and I don't know why. Is it because the background does not contrast with the text? Is it because the text does not contrast? Or it contrasts too much? Please comment with your opinions.
Yours is the Kingdom
Love it! The background image is stunning and the words are easily readable. Only one font, but they're different through caps and maybe size (I don't remember). The border helps add an element that adds to the photo instead of detract.
Here’s to Never Growing Up
I enjoy this one too! The contrasting colors draw my eyes and the text isn't all crazy. I did use two different sizes make sure the border of the text was in line. The circle element added positively to empty blank space. The plain background is made up for the color and additional elements.
Fonts || This was an obvious before, but it is always hard when in the process. Here's a guide to fonts that explains visually. The main goal of different fonts is to create contrast so remember that when using different ones. Don't create 3 or more different sizes unless it is a large info graphic- even then, probably not.
Background || Still a very by design topic. If the background makes the text harder to read, what can do you do help this? Replace the image or entirely get rid of it. Do you want to draw attention to the words or the beauty of the photography? Do they compliment each other? Ex. A quote about a cat's 9 lives and then an image of an elephant.
Software || What are your goals? If you're using photography, Photoshop is your best bet. If the desire is to illustrate the words and text, Illustrator is the way to go. Illustrator has endless possibilities once you learn how to use things... or maybe that is just what it seems like when you're trying to learn.
Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions about Typography.