Finding Tools For Designing Children’s Books

I have begun to pull together some of the design aspects to the book Be ~Biblical Wisdom
for Children. Design is fun. Whelp, it is only fun, when you have the tools. Finding the tools
can be difficult, and like anything in life, it is a process.

 

If you want to design, you are going to have to invest time and money into buying stuff. The
people that do NOT want to invest time and money are going to have a crappy product, and
this is one point I will not back down from.

 

Fonts are something few people think about, but once you are taught about fonts, you will look
at publishing in a new manner. In fact, it is very easy to stand out from the masses with just type.
If you want a quick class on fonts, I recommend Lynda.com as a great starter point. The
instructors will show you what fonts do and don’t do, and you will never look at type the same
way again.

 

Here are some places where you can buy fonts:

 

  1. Fontspring.com
  2. dafont.com
  3. designcuts.com

When you are starting out, and you want to experiment with the power of type, you can find
free fonts at:

 

fontsquirrel.com

 

Start transitioning yourself over to bought fonts, so your work becomes different from the people
that don’t think about type. The key point when buying fonts are to look at the license agreement.
Licensing your design elements can be a totally new experience. I completely understand. You
want to look for a license that not only enables you to install it on your computer for multiple
projects, but you will also want to have a license (which sometimes means two purchases) for
E-book format as well as just having it on your desktop. On top of that, if you want to have an
app of your book, you will need to buy a third license for that edition too. Remember to read
the license agreement, as each place is different, and look at the difference between extended
licenses and standard licenses within each company.

 

Be forewarned, fonts are expensive.

 

You can find introductory sales or just sales in general, but it isn’t uncommon for fonts to cost
thousands of dollars, and this is only for one type of license.

 

Yep, you did read that right. Fonts are an expensive investment.

 

Finally, your first buys should be a serif and a sans serif font. You want to use limited amounts of
decorative fonts, and you always want readability to be first and foremost with your font choice. If
it is pretty, eye catching, or bold, but no one can read it, then it doesn’t matter. You never
reached your audience.

 

I encourage you to start looking at the difference between professionally designed materials and
non-professional. Non-professionals will use fonts that don’t match, use many colors, use many
sizes. Simple changes make such a big difference when you start designing materials.

 

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