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This font looks like a "thin" Open Sans, how they do it? Or maybe it's a different font?

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Your question needs a little more detail. Are you asking how to create different versions of fonts? Or how to select a thinner version of the font? If it's the latter, your question will most likely be off topic. –  ckpepper02 Oct 30 '13 at 14:04
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There are actually a handful of different weights for Open Sans. This is most likely the Open Sans Light 300.

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Since it's already pointed out there is a thin weight for Open Sans called Open Sans Light 300 there is actually a way you can create thin text within Illustrator.

Convert the text to an outline by:

  • Switch to the Selection tool and choose Type > Create Outlines.
  • You can also use the keyboard command Ctrl+Shift+O (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+O (Mac).
  • Select the text and right click > Create Outlines.
  • After the text has been converted to outlines add a stroke in the stroke panel or Window > Stroke:

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  • Select `Align Stroke To Inside':

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  • Select the outside paths of the text and delete.
  • I would suggest after removing the original type path for you to kern the type.

A good video to watch about kerning is "Typography Tip To Help With Kerning" but you could adjust the kerning before converting the text to outlines.

EDIT: AS indicated by DA01's comment I would also like to address this method is not ideal for body text and it should be reviewed with a fine tooth if you plan on using this for Serif Fonts. Especially look at the Ear, Terminal, Tail, and Bracket.

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It's a different weight. Fonts usually come with a variety of typefaces that vary in weight (thin, regular, black, etc.) and also include oblique/italic variants often times as well.

These different weights or styles aren't "applied" to a font as much as they are separate typefaces themselves. Meaning if you would like a typeface to carry a different weight you should have that typeface available to you at that weight.

While there are certainly means to "fake" the weight of a font (make it bolder, italicize it) it is usually not recommended as having the actual typeface at the weight is preferable because it was designed to be viewed at the weight that it is.

As jos.lemmons pointed out, the Open Sans font contains a variety of weights.

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