Give That Ugly Font a Facelift

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There are some fonts or typefaces you should never use, depending on the project. But that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up a bit. Below are some fonts that you have probably seen before. You can actually transform the most common and most hated font just by using different effects and type treatments.

1. COURIER

Courier is a mono-spaced slab serif typeface. The typeface was designed in 1955 for use in typewriters. Using gold glitter texture, it gives Courier sophistication and elegance.

TYPE TREATMENTS USED: KERNING, CLIPPING-MASK, LETTER-SPACING

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2. LOBSTER

Lobster used to be a breath of fresh air, but like many trends, it becomes overused. But, freshen it up a bit by including embellishments and ornaments to go along with the this script font.

TYPE TREATMENTS USED: STROKE, BEVEL EFFECT, DROP SHADOW, COLOR BLENDS, GRADIENT, INNER GLOW

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3. IMPACT

If you’ve seen a meme, then you’ve seen Impact, which is commonly called the “Meme Font”. You can give a typical font a facelift, just by trimming parts of the letter, like the letter “t”, which gave it a shadow effect. The littlest detail and then placing it on a cinemagraph, like the one below, really does make an impact.

TYPE TREATMENTS USED: TRIM, LETTER-SPACING

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4. COMIC SANS

That’s right. You’ve seen this most hated font everywhere from school newsletters to résumés to dental offices. Letter-spacing and color blends can give the font some life, but, because Comic Sans is widely hated, just don’t even use it unless you’re designing a site that’s dedicated to banning the use of Comic Sans like this fun interactive game.

TYPE TREATMENTS USED: OPACITY, ORIENTATION, KERNING, COLOR MODE BLEND

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CONCLUSION

Just like you’ve seen on Pinterest where wood palettes can be re-purposed into beautiful bed frames and flower beds, hopefully, you see that it is possible to do the same for fonts. If you’re up for the challenge, choose a font and give it a facelift and let us know what you come up with below.

 

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Irene Davis

Graphic Designer at Customer Magnetism
Graphic Designer at Customer Magnetism. Irene loves everything about design--colors, textures, the story they tell and the story behind it all. She has a quiet soul, but her work speaks volumes. When she's not designing digital marketing pieces, Irene is loving life with her husband and their little girl.