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Designer sent comps for a site using copperplate, I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good alternative that exists either on google fonts or as a font squirrel kit (preferably the former).

Thanks in advance

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Can you show us a screenshot? I would go out on a limb and say that there are better fonts to use (I don´t really like copperplate :) ) But I´ll look for an alternative anyway. –  Jannik Ruf Jul 25 '12 at 7:05
    
Can you use a webfont instead? –  e100 Jul 25 '12 at 9:30
    
@e100 I wish ;) google fonts are great, the issue can be rendering on some browsers. –  picus Jul 25 '12 at 21:52
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What browsers, exactly? Webfonts ate supported back to IE7. Mobiles can handle webfonts unless they're using Opera Mini, which butchers everything so who cares. Unless you need to-the-pixel size metrics for JavaScript-based dimension calculation at loadtime (which is a REALLY esoteric requirement) you'll be fine with a webfont. –  sudowned Dec 16 '12 at 5:45
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Here is an alternative. Not perfect, but close to Copperplate.

Balthazar: http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/Balthazar

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If you're concerned about using the actual font, I would just create an @font-face kit yourself using Copperplate Gothic.

The only problem with @font-face, which is a major one, is that it can have a severe impact on site performance.

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This used to be THE solution solution, but lately, I have found issues with the kit files for certain browsers and font squirrel, which has the best kit generator, is straight-up blocking some kits form being generated. +1 for the suggestion, though since it is a good one and this is not a web dev exchange per se. The best bet for kits is getting a pre-compiled one from font squirrel. –  picus Aug 6 '12 at 18:01
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You can't just create a font-face kit without properly licensing the font for web use. –  Brendan Dec 16 '12 at 5:40
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Here is the best I could find on google webfonts: Syncopate, Cantarell; I suggest using both in bold. They are close except for the serifs of course, which I don´t find very attractive to be honest.

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I don't think either of these are anything like Copperplate Gothic. –  e100 Jul 25 '12 at 9:25
    
Oh now that I see the links you´re right. I typed in COPPERFIELD in the selection part of google webfonts. Try it and you´ll see that they have their characteristics. –  Jannik Ruf Jul 25 '12 at 9:57
    
Of course only in Uppercase and bold ;) –  Jannik Ruf Jul 25 '12 at 11:21
    
@Jannik, Thanks will take a look. Cantarell seems like a decent alternative. –  picus Jul 25 '12 at 21:53
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To answer my own question, the font we decided to use is

Alegreya SC

http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/Alegreya+SC

We use it as a backup if the user doesn't have any of the main copperplate families on their machine.

thanks for your help.

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that's really nothing like Copperplate, though. Granted, Copperplate isn't always the best option to begin with--especially if we're talking body copy. –  DA01 Aug 6 '12 at 20:37
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