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51 top typography tutorials

So, you're getting a handle on typography. The next step is to pay attention to current trends – and that's where this top tutorial steps in. Packed full of useful info about what's hot in type right now, it also explains exactly how you can apply it in your designs, with demos galore. Enjoy.

13. 10 rules to help you rule type

This three-and-a-half minute typography tutorial video introduces 10 golden rules to help you improve your type skills and improve your graphic design layouts. Yes, the same text could have just been written as a standard tutorial, but hey, this is just a little more fun.

14. How to format text in InDesign

Part one (opens in new tab) of this crash course looks at what typography is and how you can format your type using the Controls panel in InDesign. In part two (opens in new tab), you can delve further into the world of typography with a look at four special typographic effects that can help your InDesign layouts stand out.

15. Match fonts from an image in Photoshop CC

One of the standout features of Photoshop CC is that it can automatically analyse, identify and match fonts pictured within a photo. It then gives you a list of similar fonts installed on your machine, as well as others to download on Typekit. This quick video shows you how it all works.

16. Best practices of combining typefaces

Combining different typefaces within your design is part art, part science. This Smashing Magazine tutorial (opens in new tab) by Douglas Bonneville explains some of the most important best practices to follow when mixing two or more fonts, as well as some common mistakes.

17. Typography manual critique 

One of the best ways to improve your typography is to follow an in-depth critique of what other designers have done when it comes to their use of type. This analysis of the Futur Typography Manual with Molly Drill is full of amazing insights about what to do (and not to do) when it comes to print typography.

18. How to kern type

Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between letters to achieve a visually pleasing result. One of the most important typography skills you need to learn, here Meryem Meg and Brian Hoff offer some pro advice (opens in new tab) about how to get it right.

19. Typography design & art direction

This video tutorial investigates a little-discussed but very important topic: how to approach art directing another designer when it comes to typography. The critique focuses around the launch of a new newspaper magazine focused on the business of design, and includes some fascinating insights into its layouts.

20. Art direction & typography part 2

The above video continues the lesson in typography and art direction begun previously, in discussion with graphic designer Minhye Cho.

21. Design a typographical poster in InDesign

Typography tutorials: brand impact awards poster

This tutorial from Future Publishing art editor Jo Gulliver walks you through the process of creating a typographical poster using InDesign. She demonstrates how to apply a document grid, and how to create and edit the typography within it.

22. Photoshop tutorial: Create a text portrait poster

This Photoshop CC tutorial from Blue Lightning TV shows how to design and create a powerful text portrait poster. This 11-minute typography tutorial takes you through each operation simply and clearly.

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Tom May
Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.