New Amazing Free Chalkboard frames for All of Our Subscribers

Fontscafe is proud to be introducing our new line of free handmade chalkboard frames sent through our last newsletter. 


These frames are actually handmade (as opposed to most designs out there which are digitally created) and go perfect with many of the beautiful vintage fonts which you already know and love. 


As Fontscafe's little way of thanking you for all your wonderful support in 2013, and as our gift to you, our loyal fans, in celebration of the new year, we'll be giving these fames out absolutely free to every one of our subscribers.


If you're not a subscriber, no problem. We'd love to thank you for supporting us anyways, in any way in which you may have, so, if you want to get your hands on these, you can still subscribe HERE now and we'll get these elegant frames out to you within the next hour or so. 

We really hope you all enjoy these frames, and we're certainly excited to see what you create with them in the coming months.


These frames will go amazingly well with our Chalk Hand Lettering Pack or our "Hand Shop Extended Pack" fonts, but, they can also go along nicely with our Handwriting Draft Font, and our Hand Printed Font Packs as well.

There are also other fonts you can use with these frames as well, and we're certain you'll find plenty of creative ways to use them.


We'd love to give out these frames to as many people as possible, so please, take a moment to share this page throughout your social networks, so more artists and designers can benefit from these beautiful, handmade chalkboard frames right away. They'll only be available as free gifts for a limited time, so make sure that as many of your friends get them as possible.


We hope you all enjoy the gifts, and of course, let's make 2014 another beautiful year together!


"Making Lettering" fonts family, last chance to downloading the free pack.



Updating February 28th, 2013:

The last chance to download the free pack will end today! Be sure to have it right now!


Ok OK... so it turns out only giving a few days notice about the gift in our December Newsletter meant a lot of people missed out, not only that but it proved much more popular than we expected!


As you know from our previous post, starting with Christmas but extending through the rest of the year we'll be giving away free gifts in some of our Newsletters. These Gifts would normally only be available through the newsletter, however, since it's Christmas time yet and we left it so late we've decided to find a way to let those people who missed the Christmas Newsletter get a FREE copy of the "Making Lettering" Fonts Pack that we gave away. BUT only this once! 


So subscribe to our Newsletter right now, you'll be guaranteed to receive the freebies we give away over the coming year and you'll *also* receive instructions within the hour on how to download the "Making Lettering" Fonts Pack we gave away in the Christmas Newsletter.

If you have already subscribed just after the newsletter was sent you're going to receive an e-mail shortly.

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Free "Making Lettering" fonts family, it's our Christmas gift for You!


Updating December 27th, 2012:

If you're reading NOW this post you missed the Christmas newsletter with the free pack, check the new post for further info.


But it's not quite Christmas yet, right? ;)


We needed to grab a few minutes of your attention to give you an IMPORTANT update about our FREEBIES.


In addition to giving away free fonts and other free stuff in the subscribers section of our website (free) we're planning on including some extra special gifts with some of our newsletters over the coming year. We hope you'll enjoy these gifts and find them useful so keep an eye out for our newsletters, you never know what you might find in one. :)


But, because it's Christmas we thought we needed to do more, in our Christmas Newsletter this year we'll be giving away something extra special...


A Complete Family of FOUR FONTS! All for free!


So keep your eyes open for our Christmas Newsletter!


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Vintage Photoshop Action - Create a Vintage Look in One Click!

Hello, and welcome to FontsCafe.


In this tutorial we will show you how to install the vintage Photoshop action created by us to add a vintage scratchy effect to your projects, which was a free gift to our subscribers.


Our subscribers regularly get premium gifts like this one throughout the year. At Christmas, FontsCafe gave away the "Making Lettering" free fonts family The list of awesome goodies keeps increasing all of the time. If you missed out on the goodies, subscribe right now so that you don't miss out on the next one. You'll also get instant access to other free fonts, textures, and more! 


Don't worry, this Photoshop action set is still available. You can purchase on our "exclusive on FontsCafe" page.


This action is composed from a set of 10 different patterns and we have provided 10 Photoshop actions to automatically apply the patterns to your design elements in just one click! We will demonstrate how to apply the patterns to your desing element using one of these actions and patterns. In order for the actions and patterns to work properly you must install them first on your system.


You can see how easy it can be through the video tutorial or reading (and downloading at the bottom of the page) the step by step tutorial below:


Video tutorial.


Step by step transcript.

Mac users:


If you are using a Mac based computer you will need to open up “Finder.




Then you will need to go to your hard drive, select “Users, “Your Name, and then go to “Library, “Application Support, “Adobe, “Photoshop, “Presets, and then you will need to open up the file that you downloaded from our site. Then, open a new window here, and you will need to copy the action file into the action folder which has the .atn file extension.




You will then need to do the same for the patterns file, which has the .pat file extension.


Windows users:


If you are using a Windows based computer, depending on your operating system, you will need to get to “My Computer so you can access your hard drive. Once you are at your hard drive you will need to select “Program Files, “Adobe, “Photoshop, “Presets, and then copy the files into the patterns and actions folder.


Loading the action:


Then, we can go back to our project here.


Let’s go to the actions palette here, with the “Play Button, and we will need to load the action. Go to the appropriate menu, go to “Load Actions, and then we’ve got the file in there. Go ahead and open that; you now have those actions loaded.




Are the Patterns installed correctly?


You will also want to make sure that the patterns are installed; one way that you can do this is to double click the file back in your finder.




Another way to check that the patterns are loaded, we can go up here to “Layer, “New Fill Layer, “Pattern, say “OK, and you can check here; it looks like here are some of the patterns that we’ve provided you.




If it didn’t load there, you can do the little arrow right there and say “Load Patterns". 




Playing with the Vintage Photoshop Action:


OK, let’s go ahead and cancel out of all this, now let’s see these actions in action.


First let's make sure that we have the correct layer selected that we want to apply the action to.

We will go back to the action palette over here, look at the distressed texture overlay set, and let’s choose one of these actions here and hit the play button.




Let’s look at our layer palette; we now have a nice vintage scratchy effect applied to our original image. And you can see we have a mask layer, and another working layer that we can do different effects to. The nice thing about this action is that it will not touch your original image. It's completely editable.



Let's go through a couple of ways that we can customize this effect; One of the first things you can do is change the color of this scratchy effect. You can pick through the color selector, or choose a color in your swatches that you already have picked out for your project, and we will click OK after choosing a color.




Another thing you can do is change the opacity of the mask layer. And that will either decrease the effect of the scratches on the image, or we can bring it back up to its full effect by setting back at 100% opacity.




We can also change the layer blending mode on the working layer. We can try Lighten, and see how that changes things up a little. Or we can try Multiply to give a different effect. You can also change the opacity of this layer to bring back in some of the original artwork.




We can also color the background.




We can also see what using a different color will do to the effect. We can see how this changes the effect.



These are only some of the ways you can customize the actions we have provided you, but the possibilities are infinite.


We hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and come back to FontsCafe. In fact, why go?


If you've enjoyed this tutorial, please, SHARE IT!

And if you want also to learn more about patterns, check out FontsCafe's tutorial on "how to create a texture and save it as a pattern in the preset manager".




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