Finding the perfect typography design tutorial takes your design to a new level. Typography is one of the most essential elements of any design. The average reader only reads about 20 percent of the text on a page, so you need to make a big impact with the words they do read. Choosing the right type allows you to grab the reader’s attention and make an impression with a headline, logo or other text you offset from the rest of the page.

However, you have to find just the right typography to get across the message you want. Whether you plan to design the type yourself, or you want a better understanding of which type to use where and when, design tutorials are a good investment of your time and resources.

We sorted through the many choices available for a possible typography design tutorial and narrowed the selection down to the top six.

1. Introduction to Typography

Grant Adam’s typography design tutorial tops our list because it delves into the basics of typography, giving you a good base to build upon. Adams is a lecturer at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

He talks about how to place text within Adobe InDesign and create styles to save time. The beginning of the video is for his students taking the particular class he’s recording. If you want to skip past the first couple of minutes, you won’t miss anything. The valuable content of the lecture starts at the 2:25 mark.

This YouTube video is completely free to access, which is a nice perk. It’s like sitting in on a college class without having to pay the high costs to enroll. If you follow Adam’s YouTube channel, you can access additional tutorials on a variety of design topics.

2. Create Graffiti Effect in Photoshop

If you’d like to learn some specific typography design skills, this tutorial delves into creating a graffiti-like effect using Photoshop. The course is titled How to Create a Graffiti Effect in Adobe Photoshop.

The tutorial shows how to take a photo and make some aspects of it pop by adding graffiti-style elements. While the tutorial shows a variety of images, you can use the process for type. The basics of a brick wall with graffiti on top are easy to apply to logos, ads and other elements you’ll use in design. You’ll learn the basics of manipulating Photoshop to create something unique.

This tutorial is free, but envatotuts+ offers a variety of courses and e-books that delve deeper into topics such as typography.

3. Typography Terms

Does the above all sound like Greek to you? If you’re feeling a bit lost, you may want to take a step back and learn some of the basic terms involved with typography. Once you know the terms, it is easier to read a tutorial that describes a series of steps to achieve a desired result, because you’ll better understand what the instructor is talking about.

Canva has a typography tutorial titled “Terms, Tips and Tricks” by Poppie Pack. The writer starts with elementary terms, such as font versus typeface, size and weight. She then goes into more advanced topics, like ascender or descender. The tutorial itself — along with a basic use of Canva — is free, but if you want to use the professional features of Canva, you’ll need to pay for them.

4. Type Art

One interesting trend in typography design is type art. DigitalArts has a free typography design tutorial on this specific topic. The tutorial is for those using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The tutorial goes into the basics of good design, even when it comes to type art.

By focusing on the basics, it is much easier to add in advanced elements later. For example, type art is sometimes difficult to read, so the tutorial addresses ways you can avoid that problem. This tutorial is free to read.

5. Match Fonts

What about those times when a client asks you to match the type in a given image and use it in a new design? Finding just the right type to match that image isn’t always an easy task. There are thousands of available fonts. It is almost impossible to know what font another designer used based on the look of the font alone, although you can make a good guess.

Fortunately, if you use Photoshop CC, you can use the “match font” feature to identify a font, then find one so similar no one will ever know the fonts are slightly different.

The video tutorial appears on Photoshop Training Channel’s YouTube profile, and it is free to watch.

6. Hand-Lettering for Beginners

Are you interested in learning hand-lettering? This tutorial starts at the beginning, assuming you don’t know much, if anything, about hand-lettering fonts. The tutorial includes 13 videos and runs a total of almost two hours. Expect to learn information such as what tools you need to create hand-lettered fonts, the basics of hand-drawn letters and insider tips.

The instructor is Mary Kate McDevitt, and she offers this and other design courses on Skillshare. You can sign up for a free one-month trial to give the course a try. There are other free courses on the site, but if you want full access to more than 200,000 courses, you’ll need to sign up for their premium account at $15 per month. You can also pay annually and reduce that cost to $8.25 per month.


Typography Design Tutorials

There are hundreds of typography design tutorials online. You can find a tutorial for almost any type of typography design you’d like to learn. However, the six above are a nice mix of different types of typography design. Start with these to build your skills, then move on from there. Before you know it, you’ll be an expert typographer at the top of your field.


About the author

Lexie Lu

Hello! My name is Lexie and I have a fervor for design, writing, and coffee. I graduated with a dual major in Creative Writing and Commercial Design, and through those grueling study hours (facilitated by coffee, of course) I always found time to write for myself.

My posts feature design trends throughout all industries and show how the field is always changing. There’s never a dull moment in the design world!

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