What The Helvetica

What The Helvetica

Life is good! Well, God is good, sometimes life isn’t totally awesome, but compared to any of the alternatives, life is definitely good! Occasionally though, I find myself navigating a less than spectacular day.

Yesterday happened to be one of those days. I started working on a promo graphic for a client. I needed a go-to font for the design, and I had my heart set on Helvetica. Seriously though, who doesn’t have their hearts set on helvetica.

I opened Photoshop CC (which I’m absolutely thrilled with, by the way – thank you Adobe for being Rock Stars!!!). Anyhow, I open Photoshop, drop a couple of pictures into the design, do a little magic, then reach for Helvetica. It wasn’t there.

what the helvetica

Momentary freak out… Oh, that’s right – new system, need to install my favorite ‘go to’ font. No big deal right, but then I find out that it’s not a free font, and I’m thinking, “What the helvetica!?!” Which made me kinda chuckle in a slightly immature way.

Come to find out, there’s a site (that seems legal and legit – I’m no expert) where you can download just about all the versions of Helvetica there are, so if you’re sitting there thinking, “where the helvetica can I find this font” here’s your answer.

****update 2/5/14 – the site previously offering the download is no longer there. Here’s a link to a promising thread with links to downloads and alternatives. – Helvetica Font Download

While I’m ranting…

I have always used a Photoshop Action Script (not an action, but an actual script) called AH NextImage 2. This amazing little Photoshop script automatically allows you with one click or keystroke to save the current file, close it, and then automatically open the next sequential file in that folder.

Most of you aren’t wetting your pants in excitement right now, but as someone who often works with hundreds of images at a time (yes, I have lightroom, yes I use it.) This simple little script has saved me hundreds of hours over the course of a year.

Well, I go to use it in my awesome new version of Photoshop, and guess what. It doesn’t work. What the helvetica again! I spent hours searching for an alternative. Please, if you know of one – tell me. Just a few lines of Photoshop Script should be all it would take. Please someone, do this – (without charging $75. for it Autoloader).

And then Bluehost decides to Crash

Did I mention it’s about 2:00 a.m. at this point. As I was working these other projects, I was upgrading a client site and right in the middle of it my favorite hosting company (bluehost) decides they want to sucker punch me while I’m down. It’s okay though, they’re back online now, and I’m sure they’re never ever ever …ever going to do something like that again. Right?

On a positive note

Every inconvenience I experienced was because of something that I conveniently use and take for granted every day, and now I’m a little more thankful and appreciative of them than I was before. So here’s to counting our blessings before they’re MIA.

 “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Ch’an Armstrong

    You link to the Helvetica font, does not offer a free download.

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Ch’an – Thanks for the update. Looks like the site has been taken down. I’ll see if I can find another link out there.

  • http://www.theideasinnovations.com Chris Ryan

    Hi Jeremy, I know this is an old post but I was wondering if you can share the copy of the script for AH Nextimage 2 since the website that holds it is no longer online. We teach under privileged kids for early skills in photoshop using only CS2 as it was offered free to students for some time, and we would like to teach them about actions, batches and then scripts. Its the scripts examples that are robust that we lack. As we presented upgrading scenario loosely based on your post… thanks

    • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

      Hi Chris – I ended up re-coding a portion of the script on my own to get it to work. Send me an email and I’ll get it to you. It’s has never been the most user friendly, but it does work. It would probably be a challenge for a young kid to set up. – – – – it also might not work with CS2. jeremy@jeremybinns.com

      • http://www.theideasinnovations.com Chris Ryan

        Hi Jeremy, Sent you an email. You might need to delete your email on the comments to avoid being spammed? Anyway, thanks for the response. The rest of my message is on my Email. Thanks!

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