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Is all-caps blackletter no longer taboo?

You can't use tattoo art as a reference. Tattoo art often fails to follow any rhyme or reasoning. It's always a one-off and created with the intention of a very narrow audience, not broader viewing. (...
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Is all-caps blackletter no longer taboo?

Received typographic wisdom holds that Blackletter ("Old English", "Gothic") text only looks good in lower case or with initial capitalization — never with capital letters in series If you ask me (...
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Inkscape 1.1 - cannot recreate calligraphy settings

In that style of calligraphy you need to alter the pen pressure depending on the direction of the pen. Down strokes are heavy, and up strokes are light. Set the Calligraphy Pen preset to No Preset, ...
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What shading technique/effect was used in this calligraphy?

Scott is exactly right. This is a photograph and there was no editing done to it to make it look the way it looks -- this is straight out of the camera. When a camera takes a picture it opens its ...
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What shading technique/effect was used in this calligraphy?

This is a photograph. By leaving a camera shutter open, sitting on a tripod, it's a common effect to use light to create interesting shapes with the long exposure time. A person moved around with a ...
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How can I balance the weight of two individual shapes in a logo?

I think both options are kind of ok, but your reasoning is fine: the mathematical version is slightly tilting to the right, so an optical correction is good to decrease the width of the K part. I ...
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problem with all caps and i

You have "Turkish" selected. As far as I can tell (since I know virtually nothing about Turkish), this is a correct/semi-correct behavior as Turkish differentiates between a dotted and dotless i in ...
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How to design Square Kufic type Logos(Any identity) in Illustrator?

While the method outlined by Scott is good and reasonable. To be honest I'd just set up a grid and draw the outlines snapping to the grid. But all of this said there is an alternate method that all ...
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How to design Square Kufic type Logos(Any identity) in Illustrator?

Create a grid of squares with gaps between the squares. Then choose which parts of the grid are filled. Then fill the gaps between filled portions to create forms.
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How to create brush in Adobe Illustrator

I think you can get there with a simple straightforward Art Brush. But the angle of the brush shouldn't be "built in" to the settings. A straight brush is created, then the angle of the brushstroke ...
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What is this calligraphic font?

It's not a font - or it has an enormous collection of variations - pairs as ligatures. Both e's are different, both n's are different. The beginnings and the endings have nothing common in some easily ...
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How can I balance the weight of two individual shapes in a logo?

There are several ways you could correct the illusion that the K is too thick. But there are no rules for this. Do what you think looks best. One way is to cut into the inner angle of the K. For ...
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Where can I find some good low contrast calligraphy and script fonts?

I would check out Typekit: Script fonts with low contrast I would also check out the medium contrast fonts. Also check out Designmodo article: Script Fonts: Most Popular Typefaces, Best for Webfonts. ...
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In Illustrator can I prevent a calligraphy brush stroke from changing when rotated

Yes. Select the stroke and choose Object > Expand Appearance from the menu if it is available. Depending upon specific needs you may also want to chose Object > Expand. These "bake in" ...
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What shading technique/effect was used in this calligraphy?

Though other answers are correct in describing light painting, there is a software/hardware combination available to predefine an image and then recreate using the light painting method. The product ...
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calligraphy brush

You can't use the Pencil tool with a brush initially. There's a bit of glitch in recent versions of Illustrator so that when you switch to the Pencil Tool, the brush is still indicated in the tool ...
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calligraphy brush

Make certain New Art Has Basic Appearance is not checked in the Appearance Panel Menu...
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Did I choose a good typeface to accompany my logo?

Your swan logo and the typeface only match in one aspect and that is featuring round forms. Your logo is simplistic, while your typeface is ornamental. Your logo features flat solid shapes, while your ...
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How to control variable width of line in Illustrator

Based upon what you've posted there are only a couple options I can think of. Use the Width Tool and add more width markers to control areas of the path you wish to control. The goal of the width ...
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Inkscape .92 - Calligraphy Tool Problem

You probably enabled "lightness tracing", a setting which modifies the stroke width depending on the current color under your cursor. Disable the setting to avoid the thicker stroke around ...
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Rotring 0.6 ArtPen alternative?

Manuscript sells entry-level pens, as does Speedball in the U.S. Lamy does nice pens, incl. a line of calligraphy pens like to the Rotring Artpens: http://www.lamyusa.com/lamy_fountain_L15_joy.php ...
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Resources for hand-lettering

I'm currently working through Mary Kate McDevitt's book The Hand Lettering Ledger which has been greatly beneficial to my craftsmanship and has taught me a lot through examples and tips. The most ...
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Can you suggest a font similar to this cursive shoelace style font from the Wale Mixtape

If you want to get that exact effect, and ok with spending some time, and familiar with Adobe Illustrator, you might wanna follow the steps here. Or if you're more of an Adobe Photoshop user, you ...
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Can you suggest a font similar to this cursive shoelace style font from the Wale Mixtape

A good option is Sneaker Script This font is outside of your price range but I don't remember seeing many fonts below $30. Another kinda close font is Corner Store from Adobe Type Kit. This font ...
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What shading technique/effect was used in this calligraphy?

It is supposed to be looked as light painting as suggested by most users. But in my point of view, it could be a mix (Digital Painting with some light painting). I have some experience in ...

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