Making Your Own Subway Art and Type Posters


I love type! I (Steph) love to study letter forms and how each one is unique in different fonts. I also love looking at beautiful combinations of fonts when put together to create art. It truly makes my heart happy (I know, I’m a geek!).

I have a Pinterest board set up to pin great examples of type. The items I pin are usually type posters…posters or ads created with great type combinations. It’s really amazing to see how creative people can be with type!

I thought it would be fun to make my own poster with a phrase on it that has been a big part of my life the past few months (I’ll share more on that on The Digi Show this coming week). I knew it wouldn’t be hard, but figured there were probably some tutorials out there already that I could look over. I found a couple that I read through before getting started:

Blogging With Bobbi has some great suggestions for using rulers and grids (which I would suggest). After step 4 of her tutorial, my guides still weren’t showing up. I found that there was one more step I needed in order to see them:


I just went to View> Show> Grid and that turned them on. I also added some guides by selecting the move tool, clicking on the ruler and dragging (which creates a guide), then dropping it one half inch from each outer edge. I also dropped a guide at the center point to help me lign up my fonts. Here’s what my canvas looked like (the blue lines are the guides, the black is the grid):


Oopsie Daisy Blog has some screen shots of how she lined up her fonts for her poster. These are helpful to get you going.

If you are in the full version of Photoshop, you can adjust the kerning (space between characters) to help fill up the space. I did this for the word “family” on my poster. Adjusting Kerning isn’t an option in PSE.

Here’s what my poster looked like in Photoshop when I was done:


Would you like to give it a try?  Here’s a list of the fonts I used (from top to bottom):

Onyx (default font for Microsoft)
Impact (default font for Microsoft)
AR Blanca
Fontleroy Brown

You can use any fonts you want, you don’t have to use mine. It’s a super fun way to experiment with type and how different fonts look together.