I take text pretty seriously. I think of it as an opportunity to enhance a portfolio page. The odd thing is that I really only use a few different fonts with arial being used about 75% of the time. However with that one font, it seems that text can be manipulated into an infinite amount of styles by adjusting letter spacing, stretching, and switching between narrow, regular, bold, and black line weights. Bringing into the equation opacity, filters, and mask, text turns into a design project itself.

Some other things to keep in mind is alignments and spacing. I try to always have some sort of relationship between the text and the other objects on the page. I often place text on a datum line or edge and take advantage of its linearity.  If I do leave it floating on the page, I make sure to give it consistent spacing on all sides.

If your not a fan fonts already loading on your computer, there are some great sites to get just about any type of font you could want. The one I check out from time to time is

Reader Comments (12)

I wonder what your favorite fonts are, can you name a few? i recently discovered the bauhaus font. very clean, balanced and funky at the same time!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterE-J

Great text tutorial, helped me a lot with the presentation of an Eco-Museum project i'm currently finishing .
All your tutorials rule eheh cheers keep up with the excellent work!

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarim Benali

great tutorials indeed!!!!!!

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervv

alex greetings,
Can you explain me, how to configure the product before making a job in photoshop, and then as a record to print and not pixele text.

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarlos

alex greetings,
Can you explain me, how to configure the page before making a job in photoshop, and then as a record to print and not pixele text.

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarlos

Hi Carlos,
Check out my Portfolio Setup page. It might be able to answer a lot of your questions.

November 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterALEX HOGREFE

Hi Alex!

Thanks for these awesome posts! They are really helpful!

One question: I was going through your online portfolio and noticed that almost all of your plan and section drawings do not have a scale specified to them. Is that alright for a portfolio? I mean does it matter if we don't always mention the scale?


July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMirza

just amazing , just one question if anyone can answer , how did you make sure that the section was to scale ,, thnxx

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashraf

sry , just figured out , there's no need for scaling in portfolios feel like i sounded stupid . X)

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashraf


I really enjoyed watching and reading. I wanted to ask you if you had any more links to other videos or some of your own that talk about composition. I few of my projects have a lot of process to them and I wanted to see if I could find any advice on understanding hierarchies of images, page turning (like one page to the next), and binding. Also I'm trying to find a company that does lay flat printing who has a good reputation. Thanks!


August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thank you so much for the fantastic tutorials. This is by far the best tutorial resource I've come across. I just wanted to say that I really appreciate you taking the time to help others.

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

Thank you so much for such awesome tutorials. i really love them and have been following you from very long time. You really helped me in my portfolio!...thanx alex:)

April 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentershanky

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