Hello all you typesetters, and anyone else who wants to know what my topic is. What I am curious about is how other typesetters are working and such. What program do you edit with and such.
I personally use Gimp, a bamboo tablet, and duel monitors. Got the tablet some years ago, along with downloading Gimp, so I've gotten quite comfortable with them.
How many others out there go with Gimp? Or is Photoshop the most used?
Basically I want to know what others are using out of curiosity but this can also be a place for sharing any tips ans tricks you're willing to let go of.
The only sort of trick I can think of to share at this time is my list of DMG provided fonts.
Gimp has a horrible text function in terms of finding fonts in my opinion so I made this list so I could easily see what font I might want.
Edit: This is my new Font list.
Here is what changed:
1) MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE! I changed the 'Ii' to be "Ii|1" because I find some fonts need to use the "|" or "1" for the i. (I use 1 for brushcut, I'm not crazy) The | is Shift+\ if you don't know.
2) It is neater. You may not notice but I lined up the old one by eye, this one had lines. It makes me happy.
3) I changed the line "THE FOX JUMPED OVER THE DOG." to "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog."
This new line is longer with all the letters in the alphabet and is also lowercase(except the T). Some fonts look uppercase either way while others have upper and lowercase letters. There are a few fonts that look like different styles when upper and lower so I split them. One line all lower, one all caps. They are labeled, don't worry. (The Caps thing was a second thought so not all fonts that probably should/could have them do.)
Tips & Tricks: These are things posted by members, just putting them together.
nothing fancy, I just be sure to arrange my workspace so that the tools I use most are in easy reach. I've also gotten a lot quicker with keyboard shortcuts, too. Learn them, and you will be so much happier, you have no idea...
Also, I suggest getting a font manager. I have a Mac, and I love Font Doc. It imports your collections from Font Book and then displays the fonts in a list. You can enter custom text for the display, which makes it a lot easier to find a good font for your title page Someone once recommended AMP Font Viewer for Windows, but I never tried it.
Pen tool tutorials: http://senbonzakura.kageyoshi.net/category/pen-tool/
I love the pen tool. You will too once you get the hang of it! For me, it's essential for redraws.
Also, you guys NEED to get a font manager. Maybe try Font Xplorer, though it doesnt support post script fonts: http://www.moonsoftware.com/fxplorer.asp
The "user text compare" feature is KEY.