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Help Videos & Templates for Getting Started

By Shelly Wilson on Wednesday 15th of August 2012

New tools take getting used to, and we know we’re no exception. So we’ve just added 8 new resources to get you up and running.

Lately we’ve been looking at ways to make getting started with Typecast easier, because (frankly) if you’re stuck, we’re sunk! Lots of you gave us really useful feedback, so here’s what we’ve come up with so far.

Video show and tells

Sometimes it’s just easier to get how something works by seeing it in use instead of reading instructions. So we’ve created four getting started videos to introduce the basics of Typecast.

Video - Meet the InterfaceVideo - Adding and Structuring TextVideo - Choosing FontsVideo - Styling Typography

They show you where to find the features you’ll want to play with most often: things like typefaces and weights, text size, and the colour palette. You’ll also see how these features work. And we cover some of the basic administrative items like how to name and save your projects, create versions and add colleagues to your Typecast team.

You can find them in your dashboard’s footer when you’re logged in to Typecast. Or just click an image above to watch one now.

These are just first drafts. If you have ideas on how we can make them clearer and more useful to you, just email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). More videos are coming soon to show you how to design with inheritance in Typecast and how to use our baseline grid. If there are others you’d like us to make, tell .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Handy templates to kickstart experimentation

We’ve also recently added four simple starter templates to let you explore what the app can do.

Each comes with sample text that’s tagged with HTML elements and has a basic scale already set for you. All you have to do is change the typefaces and properties to transform them to suit your project. Each gets you started on a different design task.

  • Quickly test display and body fonts together in our Choose Fonts template to find your perfect pairs.
  • Give each content stack a different look in our Side by Side template for quicker typographic comparison and decision-making.
  • Turn a basic scale into a complete type system in our Style Elements template.
  • Style long-form copy in our Simple Blog Article template to check how your typographic choices work on a larger amount of text.

To try out one of our starter templates, click the ‘start from a template’ link on your dashboard.
The 'start from a template' link

This will open the template drawer where you can select whichever one suits you best.
The template drawer

We really hope these eight new tools make getting started easier and help you out whenever you get stuck.

Sign in to try them out now!


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