May 22nd, 2010

New! Vintage Rubber Stamp Alphas!

Free download of grayscale raster image files of vintage rubber stamp impressions for layout and scrapbooking.

If you’re into digital scrapbooking or other kinds of Photoshop layout, you know that fonts are great, but they can’t give you the shades of gray that say “real stamping”. Sometimes you want that authentic look but either you don’t want to get your hands dirty or you don’t own the stamp set you want to use.

With that in mind, I offer you this virtual stamping set of vintage rubber stamp alphas from honest-to-goodness ink-stamped rubber type. These impressions are from the same set that I used to make No 130 Fulton Street, but they’re not the same images I scanned to make the font; they’re completely unique!

Below is a demonstration of how you can use this transparent grayscale image file (Photoshop or PNG format) to cut and paste the glyphs together to set the type. I recommend you use the “multiply” blending mode for best effect.

A demonstration of virtual stamping

The images are at 600ppi which means if you are working at a lower resolution, you can enlarge the type and see all the squishy details, like so:

A full-resolution close-up

Another full-resolution close-up

Below is the set of characters that you get. There are two or more of each for more realism and of course, you can retouch and recolor them to your heart’s delight.

The virtual stamping set

The goods:

Download the virtual stamping set in Photoshop format (14.7M) or PNG format (6.53M).

Download the demo image (24M) from above to see how I layered and blended the type.

If you use this alpha set please let me know!

May 22nd, 2010

New font! No 130 Fulton Street

Another new font from antique rubber stamps! This set is probably the Fulton Sign Writer Artistamp set, but I’m not entirely certain because it was just thrown into the case with the larger Fulton Sign and Price Markers set I used for a previous font.

No. 130 Fulton St, Elizabeth, NJ was the address of the Fulton Rubber Type Company in Elizabeth, NJ. For over 50 years, they made hundreds of different alphabet sets in rubber, whether for making signage or for office use.

No 130 Fulton Street has a medium and a light weight, with a total of four choices for each letter. As always, it’s free. You can download the font here, oh! and if you’re into digital scrapbooking or other kinds of photoshop layout, you might like the virtual stamping set, available here.

May 19th, 2010

Shabby Shoppe

Some of you have been dropping by from Welcome!

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the folks there used two of my fonts, Respess Capitals and Halcyon, for their digital scrapbooking how-to tutorial. Like so…

Very cute toes indeed.

The other font they use, Artistamp by Harold’s fonts, is very similar to my own No 130 Fulton Street but Harold’s is more ubiquitous (and more expensive) to be sure. You see it everywhere!

Enjoy the fonts, my scrapbooking friends!

May 19th, 2010

New! Fills for Cricket! Finally!

I made Cricket sometime in the mid/late-nineties and I had always imagined I would provide an easy way to fill the open spaces in the design. Better let than never, I present to you, mesdames et messieurs and in between, Cricket Fills.

It works with Cricket Regular to provide perfectly-shaped and aligned fills that you can style how ever you like. Simply create your text in Cricket in your favorite graphics program, then duplicate the text (without changing its position) and change the font of the duplicate text to Cricket Fills. Then adjust the color, add a pattern or a gradient or whatever you like. Hey, go nuts!

Download both weights together for Mac or PC here.

May 16th, 2010

New Font! Ticket Capitals Outlines

Some time back, I found a set of rubber stamps to match the ones I used to make Ticket Capitals 450 miles and 10 years apart from the original encounter. God bless global trade. They’ve been sitting around, being the poor cousins of Ticket Capitals, languishing in rubber and getting no digital opportunities — until now, that is. Announcing the debut of Ticket Capitals Outlines. (insert fanfare here) It’s even better than the original Ticket Caps because there are three whole weights with two different alphabets in each. So, you have 6 choices for each letter,and enough punctuation for the basics. (Complete showings are here.)

Here are a few shots of the stamps (both sets) and the stamping I scanned for the new fonts.

So, wait no longer. Go get your own fresh, hot, sticky copy of Ticket Capitals Outlines.