Font help?
June 16, 2014 1:59 PM   Subscribe

I'm at a loss - here is a rough sketch that I want to create in Photoshop but I just can't decide on a lovely font to use? My inspiration came from these images, here, and here. I know those were handlettered but font lovers, what do you recommend? We will be using Cinzel Regular as the primary font on the wedding invitations.
posted by xicana63 to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
FYI: All of your Printerest links give me a "Whoops! We couldn't find that page." error.

Are you writing anything else in the "font" you have in your rough sketch? Connected 'cursive' fonts don't generally do a good job of connecting and kerning, and using them as a font is more for speed in typesetting. If I were you and all you wanted just was what's shown in your sketch, I'd draw vector shapes over your sketch, smooth 'em out, and go with that.
posted by AzraelBrown at 2:13 PM on June 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Don't mean to threadsit - but thanks for catching that, I have made the board public. I guess really what I am asking for is a script font that is well made and I can adjust to create this "logo," does that make sense?
posted by xicana63 at 2:19 PM on June 16, 2014

If it's just the "logo," then, as AzraelBrown suggests, it may be easier to trace your sketch into Illustrator as vector art. Even a typeface won't have those extra calligraphic flourishes, which you will have to add in Illustrator anyways.

Are you willing to pay for your type? If so, FontShop is a great resource. I don't know anything about script faces, so I would just browse the Copperplate section of their Script category. You'll notice they also have a "Free/Hybrid" section too.

See also Fontshop's own curated wedding script list, and the list by the Studipos foundry.

Some typefaces I dragged up from old FontShop newsletters (by no means exhaustive) which incorporate some elements of your design:

Australis Swash Pro
Al Fresco
Suzee FY
Savannah Script OT
Piel Script Pro
Slapjack OT

If paying for typefaces isn't your thing, I'd just browse FontSquirrel. Good luck!
posted by ArgyleGargoyle at 2:40 PM on June 16, 2014

Search for a "calligraphy"-family text font you like. Likewise search for "flourish"-family fonts that you feel would work together with your text font of choice (a "flourish" is the technical term for the swirls that ornament calligraphic letters).

Add the text you want in Adobe Illustrator and then select it. Convert it to outlines. Repeat with flourishes from your second font choice. Combine the outlines of various letters to the outlines of chosen flourishes.

You can export this vector illustration in various formats to bring into wedding invitation layouts, envelopes, etc.

Some fonts collect calligraphic and flourish glyphs in the same typeface. You might like Samantha Upright or Samantha Italics. It's really down to taste.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:43 PM on June 16, 2014

Also Krul OT typeface.
posted by ArgyleGargoyle at 2:45 PM on June 16, 2014

There are a ton of good fonts you could use. The ones you really want to seriously consider will have a decent selection of alternate glyphs, in order to make things look a little less machine-like.
That said, I don't know of any font that is going to have all the extraneous swooshes and swirls like you want. That stuff is going to have to be hand-applied.

And, I'd definitely do this using vectors in Illustrator. It's far easier to manipulate type there, especially when you're making all those swooshes.
posted by Thorzdad at 2:46 PM on June 16, 2014

Gioviale is a typeface I stumbled on recently that has a lot of the flourishes and ornaments that you're looking for.
posted by ssmith at 4:32 PM on June 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Some form of Zapf Chancery Swash will probably work.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:27 PM on June 16, 2014

Alternatively, hire someone like this from Etsy to do it for you, then scan and turn into vectors.
posted by amaire at 9:57 PM on June 16, 2014

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