Don't pay a graphic designer to create a custom monogram when you can make it yourself. With the popularity of desktop publishing programs like Adobe Photoshop, you can tap into your creative side and design an original and elegant monogram in the privacy of your own home. Instead of spending your hard-earned dollars on creative talent, use that cash to have your monogram embroidered on your favourite towels or clothing items.
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Launch Adobe Photoshop and open a new file. Go to the "File" menu and select "New." The program will prompt you to customise the size of your canvas. Set your document height and width to 6 inches (15.24cm). Set the resolution to 300 dpi (dots per inch) and then click "OK."
Select "New Layer" from the "Layer" menu. Name this layer "monogram." Newer versions of Photoshop allow users to name layers by double-clicking on the layer in the floating layer palette. For older versions, go to the "Layer" menu and select "Layer Properties."
Type your initials with the Type tool, making sure the monogram layer is selected in the layer palette. The Type tool is located in the floating toolbox palette to the left of the design space. Using the character palette, select a font that looks like calligraphy or an embellished script. Adjust the size so that your letters take up most of the page.
According to CodeStyle.org, an online source for graphic design and web building advice, "cursive font styles emulate handwritten letter forms and typically have strong contrast, as if written with a broad nib pen, and are usually inclined to the right."
Your font selection will vary depending on what type of operating system you're using. As reported by CodeStyle.org, "the only cursive font that is likely to be present on all systems is Microsoft Comic Sans MS." Monotype Corsiva is another popular script font available on Windows, while Apple Chancery and Script MT are generally available as a standard script option on Macs. According to CodeStyle.org, "cursive font names may indicate the style of lettering, with suffixes [like] "hand," "handwriting," "script," "calligraphy" and "chancery"."
If your computer does not come with a cursive font that is particularly attractive to you, you can download additional script fonts from a variety of free online sources (see Resources).
Save your monogram as a .psd file so that you can come back and make changes later. Then save it again as a .jpg file, using the "Save As" method. Saving your image as a .jpg allows for maximum compatibility between computers. If you plan on having your monogram printed professionally or embroidered, take a copy of your .psd and .jpg files to your print vendor, who will then calibrate your monogram's colour to be consistent with the colour profile used with its equipment.
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