The Book

In 2013 Keith Houston published a terrific book on typography called Shady Characters. Not only was it a fascinating account of the origins of common (and not so common) characters but it was also beautifully designed and typeset. I’m pleased to see Keith has a new book coming up in August about the book itself titled, obviously enough, The Book. From the shots on the website, it looks every bit as interesting and as beautiful as Shady Characters.

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Getting a Handle on Illustrator’s Width Tool – CreativePro.com

Here’s a handy overview of Illustrator’s Width tool. Some surprising and useful tips.

I love creative tools that help make me look like I have talent I might not actually possess. One of my secret weapons in Illustrator is the Width tool. This clever little tool gives you the power to vary line widths along any stroke. This means that you can draw a simple shape—with the Pen or Pencil tools—then add variety to the stroke by adjusting the widths along points of your choosing. Illustrator’s Width tool First, create a line using your preferred drawing tool, making sure that there is a stroke assigned to the line. Without a stroke, the Width tool has nothing to manipulate. Select the Width tool and start to add width points along the stroke. To do this, hover over the spot you want your width point to be, then click and drag inward or outward from the stroke. By default there are already width points at the end nodes of a stroke, as well as at any corner points. Illustrator creates a smooth transition between all of the varying widths you create. Continue to add additional points by clicking and dragging along the path. Creating width points and manipulating the width of the stroke only changes […]

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