Learn how to create amazing art out of letterforms. Check out our top 5 favourite tutorials -- plus read our bonus guide to the best free fonts available online.

Typography can be a tricky subject to master, especially if you're looking to create artworks for letterforms rather than traditional layouts. Below we've collected five of the best tutorials to help you master 3D, retro and experimental art styles using text.

3D text effects

Nik Ainley of Shiny Binary shows you how to add the wow factor to 3D text using Photoshop’s art tools.

Create art from 3D text and paint

Make your message heard with stunning painting and compositing techniques from Alex Beltechi.

Create fab 1980s type effects

In this tutorial, Fabio Sasso shows how to channel the 1980s to create type-based artworks that are both retro and futuristic.

Build amazing patterns with letters

Read our introduction to experimental typography - break away from structure or meaning and create art with letters.

Design type-based abstract art

Create amazing type-based elements in Illustrator and rough them up in Photoshop, with brilliant techniques from Mike Harrison.



13 free fonts for professional designers

Free fonts don’t have to be trashy and pirated: there are some excellent free-of-charge sets out there if you look hard enough. And we've done the looking for you!