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.
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