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    Tips and Tutorials
     
     


    For information about installing The Celtic Knot Font, click here.

    Knot Tips

    Tip #1 Creating New Knots
    I've found this method to be a lot of fun. Start with one of the symmetrical characters like s, S, or '. Then take a look at the Keyboard Layou500彩票网安全下载t (in the center of you500彩票网安全下载r manual or keyboard.jpg), Character Groups, or Character Reference Chart and choose an interesting looking character that will connect to it. Continue around the sides of you500彩票网安全下载r center piece, adding the same part but with different rotations to match the second piece. The parts with different rotations will usually be adjacent to each other on the keyboard, often in a diagonal line. Then connect new pieces to those pieces. Soon you500彩票网安全下载 will see a pattern forming. Go with the flow and let the knot develop on its own. Experiment with different connections until you500彩票网安全下载 have a pattern that you500彩票网安全下载 like and then enclose it with a border. I start the border by adding corners to the knot. Try these:

    q e z and c, or Q E Z and C, or ( ) O and P, or L : > and ?

    They look like this:

    Then find pieces that connect between you500彩票网安全下载r knot and the corners. When I use this method, I always come up with a knot that I would never have imagined if I had been doing it the old way!

    Tip # 2
    The opposite way to create new knots! Start by making a border. Start with the same corner elements that I mentioned in the previous tip, connect the sides using a variety of parts, and gradually fill in the knot.

    Tip #3
    If you500彩票网安全下载 find that some of you500彩票网安全下载r knot-pieces mysteriously change when you500彩票网安全下载 hit the Enter key, you500彩票网安全下载r word processor is auto-formatting the text. It may be capitalizing the first letter of a line, inserting smart quotes, adding bullets or icons. Turn off auto-formatting or use a program such as WordPad (Start button> Programs> Accessories) or SimpleText which doesn’t have that feature.

    Tip #4
    Making borders around pages: The Celtic Knot Font is a monospaced font, meaning that all the letters (and the space) take up the same amount of horizontal space. If you500彩票网安全下载 make a border and then type inside of it with most other lettering fonts, their uneven letter spacing will change the spacing of the border. If you500彩票网安全下载're using a recent version of MSWord, or a program such as PageMaker, Publisher, Framemaker, etc., you500彩票网安全下载 can make a text box within you500彩票网安全下载r border and type into that. You can also create the border and the text as separate documents, print one and then put the paper back through to print the other.

    Tip #5
    Some programs like MS Word and MS Publisher will show small spaces between the parts of the knots. Don't let it bother you500彩票网安全下载. It is only on you500彩票网安全下载r monitor and the gaps won't show in you500彩票网安全下载r prints! If you500彩票网安全下载 can't stand seeing these gaps in you500彩票网安全下载r knots, do what I do: use WordPad to create and edit you500彩票网安全下载r knots.

    Tip #6
    When working in programs such as Photoshop or Illustrator that allow you500彩票网安全下载 to adjust “leading“, be sure to set it to the same number as the font size to avoid gaps in you500彩票网安全下载r knotwork.

    Tip #7
    Making circular knots: If you500彩票网安全下载 have Microsoft Word, you500彩票网安全下载 have a tool called Word-Art. It can bend text into shapes including round. After you500彩票网安全下载 make the round knotwork (or semi-circular etc.) you500彩票网安全下载 can export it and use it in other programs like Photoshop or drawing programs. For Macs, there is a cool program called TypeStyler that not only bends the knotwork into circles but applies textures, shadows, glows and more. Most graphics programs also have text-on-a-path or type-on-a-curve features.

    Tip #8
    Knotwork designs can easily be transferred to many materials for arts and crafts projects! Just print out you500彩票网安全下载r knotwork on a laser printer, or use a copy machine to make a copy of an inkjet printout, then place the paper face down on you500彩票网安全下载r project (wood, fabric, clay, etc...) and iron with a low setting.

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    Tutorials

    Learn how to create a Celtic knot carved in stone like this one:

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    Click here to see the Embossed Knot tutorial.

     

    Keya of has written a wonderful tutorial on how to do knotwork that appears to be carved into wood.

    Thanks, Keya!

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