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Digital Calligraphy: How to Create Perfect Lettering from Your Desktop Paperback – April 1, 2003

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If the thought of calligraphy conjures up images of robed monks in a monastery, Thomson's Digital Calligraphy will change all that. Though traditionally a quill- or pen-to-paper art, today's ink-free technology allows traditional calligraphers to explore digital fluidity and technogeeks to delve into creating and customizing stunning display fonts. Vector-based software allows lettering designers to develop ideas from paper, then scan and manipulate them via computer, or by electronically generating forms from scratch. By establishing the calligraphic basics of spacing, layout, design, alignment and grids, then progressing step-by-step to addressing digital concerns such as resolution, scale, and overlays, this exceptional guide enables users to create drop shadows, bitmap effects, textures, and more. Whitney Scott
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George Thomson graduated in design from Edinburgh college of art and holds a Doctorate from the university of Sterling. He is a fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Royal Entemological Society. He has published several books and numerous academic papers in the fields of lettering, design, history and entomology. He has lectured throughout the UK and the US and has exhibited in the UK, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the US and Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st Ed. edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823012972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823012978
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blackwolf on December 22, 2009
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For the rank beginner, this book may prove somewhat useful, but anyone who has studied the basics of calligraphy, and/or dabbled with some computer drawing software, will find this book lacking.
Each chapter covers the bare basics of it's topic, and no more. No subject is covered in depth, and there are no step-by-step tutorials, which the beginner that this book appears to be aimed at, would need.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Lincoln on August 26, 2012
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Digital Calligraphy is like an oxymoron. You have to make the writing so elegant that total strangers will pay money to have a look. To study and to try to write like George Thomson isn't possible unless you give up watching television, family events and instead face the stack of clean sheets of paper with a quill pen, or a steel dip pen or, like me, use a fountain pen and begin practicing. George's work is so elegant that it is an inspiration. I knew George up until the day he died. He lived in Scotland and played Scrabble most weekends with his good friend and fellow calligrapher of note, Tom Gourdie.
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