Franklin OToole

based in Tustin, CA, US.

  • 1 award won
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  • Minted on Aug 04 2012
  • https://www.minted.com/creative/franciscaotoole

Awards

  • editor pick 1

About Franklin OToole

A visual storyteller, I create vibrant, graphic works.

favorite artists

  • Andres Montaño
  • Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Frooted Design
  • Snow and Ivy
  • Aspacia Kusulas
  • Jennifer Wick

comments

Snow and Ivy on Jan 02 2019
Snow and Ivy
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Hi Franklin! Thank you for the kind words! For masking lettering, I generally use the Transparency window in Illustrator. You don't need to outline your lettering or anything like that. As long as your lettering is white, and the background is black, you can place that image as a mask over whatever image you like. So for example, with foil... you place the foil image in your document, make sure you keep the foil image selected, and then in your transparency window, click the 'make mask' button. There should be two small windows within the transparency window. Select the right window when you're ready to place your b&w image. Place your image and you should see a mask of your lettering over the foil! Hope that helps!!

Lori Wemple on Oct 17 2018
Lori Wemple
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Hi Franklin, the way I make colorways for an illustrator design - I export the art from illustrator as a PSD file; then open it in Photoshop, and adjust the colors using hue / saturation and selective color adjustment layers. Then save each different colorway version as a different PSD file and place each back in the Illustrator document. Hope that makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck to you! x

amanda lawrence on Aug 24 2018
amanda lawrence
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Hi Franklin - many thanks for your like on "corsage" and good luck in the challenge - best wishes - Amanda

Paper Sun Studio on Jun 03 2018
Paper Sun Studio
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HI Franklin, Thanks so much for the like on my submission "Noel". Good luck to you and Have a great week!

Tracy Ann on Jul 30 2017
Tracy Ann
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Oh, many thanks for your appreciating "Angelfish". Someday I will submit that one again.

Tracy Ann on Jul 30 2017
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thank you for the likes, Franklin. :)

Lori Wemple on Aug 07 2016
Lori Wemple
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Thank you so much for the sweet comment :) I'm not sure my work is strong enough yet but your comment means so much to me! Your Waiting for Blessings suite is absolutely lovely!!

Melanie Kosuge on Jun 17 2016
Melanie Kosuge
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Thank you for the likes and comment, Franklin! Much appreciated! You have some really great submissions, and I wish you the best in the challenges :)

Lori Wemple on Jun 06 2016
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Hi Franklin, the point size actually refers to the size of the font; so 9-11 would be a 9, 10 or 11 point size. The stroke is also in points, but usually a smaller increment, like .2 points. Some applications, including illustrator allow you to set a different unit of measurement (picas, inches, etc) so if your fonts or strokes don't show as points you might need to check the settings (in Illustrator it's under preferences - units). I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions. :)

Lori Wemple on May 10 2016
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Hi Franklin, Did your file request specify to submit the files to dropbox or to "my projects"? usually the files go through your "my projects" self-launch tool on your artist dashboard. It should be in the upper right corner when you are on your profile page.

Lori Wemple on May 09 2016
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Hi Franklin! sorry for the late reply! We had a busy Mother's day weekend :) For the file prep, you make an entire suite per color way in that color. So for example, if you first is pink, you will have a matching pink skinny wrap, envelope, backer, etc. Then your second color way will be another color, like blue, and all the same items in blue. I hope that makes sense :) let me know if that doesn't answer your question or if you need any help, and congrats again on your lovely pick!

Snow and Ivy on May 03 2016
Snow and Ivy
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Hi Franklin! Thanks for your comment - sorry it's taken me so long to respond! I really like your work as well! The font I used in the design you asked about is Brandon Printed. The script font was business penmanship. Hope that helps!

Cavell Ferguson on Mar 02 2016
Cavell Ferguson
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Thank you Franklin for the like, your illustration on Waiting for Blessings is lovely, good luck in the challenge.

frau brandt on Mar 01 2016
frau brandt
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Hi Franklin, thank you for your like on may design. I like your photography. Good luck with the challenge.

GeekInk Design on Jul 08 2015
GeekInk Design
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Hi Franklin! The font I used on that card is called Selfie. You can see all the fonts that are allowed to be used here: http://www.minted.com/designer-font-list?it_category=n_participate&it_id=c3i2 I only do a little hand lettering, but it is absolutely ok to do. Just keep in mind that personalized text like family names or dates cannot be hand lettered. Those need to be laid out in a font from the list above. But anything else on the cards can be hand lettered, for instance if you wanted to hand letter the words "Save The Date" on a save the date card, that is perfectly fine. The other text on the card would just have to be from the approved list. Best of luck!

Pook and Passion Fruit on Jun 15 2015
Pook and Passion Fruit
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Hi Franklin! So nice to see you on Minted!! All the best on the design challenge!

Lori Wemple on Feb 21 2015
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Hi Frankkin, love that little boat and lovely layout too. I recommend Gavin g a variety, such as a serif (such as mrs eaves, trend slab), sans serif (bebas, novecento), script (burques, Edwardian) and something casual (business pen, handwritten fonts). these are just a few from the minted font list, and there are definitelyany to choose from, some free and some pretty expensive. Madeline put together a great list of which fonts are free here http://www.minted.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=1210&page=1#Item_30 Let me know if you have any questions, best L

Lori Wemple on Dec 30 2014
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Hi Franklin, are you looking for Minted-approved retro script fonts to use? A few you might try are Thirsty, Wisdom and Lobster. Let me know if you have any questions on other types :)

Erin Deegan on Sep 18 2014
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The fonts you requested from my Watercolored Wreath Save the Date are Ondise (Save the Date), Naive Inline (names) and Brandon Grotesque (text). I hope that helps you create your font library. Welcome to Minted.

Lori Wemple on Sep 14 2014
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Wow thank you so much for the nice comment on the flower design - it really means so much to me! Welcome to Minted!! Please don't hesitate to shout out with any questions, and best of luck to you! :)

GeekInk Design on Aug 12 2014
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Hi Francisca! Like anything, some designs can come together very quickly while others can sometimes take 3 days working about 5-6 hours a day on them. The Full of Wonder design in particular probably took about 15-20 hours of work. I wasn't sure what it was going to be when I started until about half way through, then everything just started falling into place and then it was all about getting every detail right. Best of luck! And welcome to Minted.