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Print Singles: Using Color in Layered Type

From Print Magazine June 2013

By Stephen Coles and Paul Shaw

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SKU# U9166

You'll Love This Download If:

  • You love colorful type
  • You want to know more about “the black art” of colored typography
  • You are interested in learning to layer colors to add pizzazz to a drab font

In this download from Print Magazine's June 2013 issue, readers delve into the world of colorful typography. From the history of how color made its way into letterforms to the various ways color influences today’s typefaces, Using Color in Layered Type offers a detailed look at this fun trend.

Inside Using Color in Layered Type You'll Find:

  • Examples of colorful typography designs and how to create them
  • A look at how the vintage trend has influenced chromatic type today

Color didn’t enter the world of type in a significant way until the 19th century, when the exigencies of commerce and advertising pushed printers to add visual panache to a layout. Most broadsides and handbills hewed to the traditional black with spots of red.

But in 1838, George F. Nesbitt issued the first chromatic typefaces—complex letters designed with parts that could be separately inked and printed—thus bringing the option of color into the letterforms themselves. The master of colored type, though, was William H. Page. His 1874 specimen of chromatic wood type, a triumph of precise presswork, was marked by elaborate colored borders and letters printed in two colors with overlapping areas yielding a third color.

SKU U9166
Author/Speaker/Editor Stephen Coles and Paul Shaw
File/Trim Size 831 KB
File Type PDF
Format Download

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