Julie Felton
I have been a graphic designer and illustrator since 1987. Over the past 27 years, I have worked on a wide variety of print and web projects for large corporations, small businesses, and individuals. When I'm not working, I enjoy gardening, catering to my dogs, and observing the silly antics of my chickens.
  • Design & Illustration
    Understanding Auto, Optical and Metrics Kerning in Adobe IllustratorPreview image
    What’s with all of the kerning options in Adobe Illustrator? Is one better than the other? Which type of kerning should I choose? Does it matter? In this article, I will demystify the kerning choices available in Illustrator.Read More…
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    Working With the Area Type Tool in Adobe IllustratorArea%20type%20tool%20preivew
    Most blocks of text are set within conventional rectangular borders. But, what about those times when you want to place text within an irregular boundary? Or, what if you want to divide the copy in your text box into columns? I’ll show you how to do both of these things, as well as a few extras, using Adobe Illustrator’s Area Type Tool.Read More…
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    How to Use the Character Panel in Adobe InDesignCp%20image
    Now that you’ve set your text, it’s time to fine tune it. No worries! Adobe InDesign has all of the tools necessary for beautifully formatted text. Read More…
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    Working with Type on a Path in IllustratorTextonpath
    In this quick tip tutorial, you will learn how to add Type on a Path in Adobe Illustrator. This is handy for logos and badges. So let's get to it!Read More…
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    Give Your Design Extra Style With Alternate CharactersAlternate characters
    Do you know that many fonts have alternate characters such as logotypes and swashes? Take advantage of these hidden gems and elevate your design from boom to kaboom! Read More…
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    23 Must-Have, Free Fonts for Graphic DesignersFree fonts 400x4001
    Do you need a font that will make your design sparkle? Low on dough? As you probably already know, there are plenty of free fonts on the Internet. Like anything free, quality varies. With a little research, it's possible to find a few gems out there that won't cost you a dime. This article highlights twenty-three high-quality free fonts suitable for a variety of graphic design projects.Read More…
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    27 Must-Have Typefaces for Graphic Designers27 400x400
    This article explores 27 typefaces that will serve as a solid foundation for your typeface library. Take what you will from my suggestions. More importantly, learn from them and use that knowledge to build a typeface library that works for you!Read More…
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    Do You Need a Graphics Tablet? Find Out What You Need to KnowGraphics tablet 400x400
    Are you thinking about ditching your mouse and replacing it with a graphics tablet? Do you need more information about features, uses and optional accessories before rushing out to buy one? Not sure which size will best suit your needs? Read on!Read More…
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    10 Rules for Choosing the Perfect Typeface10 400x400
    The typeface you choose for your next layout or logo design could either make it or break it. No pressure! With so many choices, where does one begin?! There is no right or wrong answer to the question, "Which typeface should I use?" However, there are a few guidelines that will help you make an informed decision.Read More…
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    How to Create an Aerial View Illustration of a Car in Adobe IllustratorAerial mini preview400
    In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an aerial view of a car using Adobe Illustrator. The nice part about illustrating it from this angle is that you only have to draw half of the car! As reference, I am using a photograph I took of a diecast model MINI.Read More…
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    How to Create Text-Free Assembly Instructions in Adobe Illustrator400x400julie
    Do you like to read assembly instructions? I certainly don't! If you're like most people, you would rather skip the text and try to assemble something using the illustrations only. Am I right? Some people like to try to assemble things using no instructions at all! Sadly, there is nothing we can do about this group. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create concise, easy to follow, text-free technical illustrations for people who need a little guidance but prefer to skip all the reading. As a bonus, you will learn how to make an outdoor broom from discarded two liter soda bottles. You, lucky dog, you!Read More…
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    How to Create an Iron Cross Self-Mailer Template Using Adobe Illustrator200x200 icon
    Looking for something more exciting than a standard tri-fold or postcard? One attention-grabbing solution is the iron cross fold. This specialty, or exotic, fold gets its name from the cross shape/plus sign shape it forms when flat and unfolded. It is fairly easy to set up and will add significant flair to your piece. It can be either square or rectangular after folding. The flaps can vary in size and include curves or angled cuts, if desired. Last time around, we looked at creating this exotic fold in Adobe InDesign. This time, let’s look at the process to create it in Adobe Illustrator. Read More…