Questions about the size of type in a work, usually measured in points or pixels. Font size can be used to create hierarchy in the content and affects legibility.

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What does the size of the font translate to exactly?

I have a 40 pixel font that I'm trying to translate into custom images. I'm trying to match the size of the image exactly, but I'm having some problems getting exactly the right size. Basically, what ...
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What are standard ratios for typography on the web?

In laying out a web design, I often try to make sure that my typography is proportional and consistent. However, I haven't been able to find any definitive articles or resources on what ratios and ...
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Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
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In a 85.6mm x 54mm business card, what is an ideal font size?

I would like to know what is an ideal and readable font size that I can use in a business card with the dimensions listed. Not too big but not too small. I was thinking it can be about 7pt for titles ...
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Smallest font size for small print?

I'm setting up a document and the document has some * and footnotes. The document itself is A6 size, which is pretty small (postcard size). What font-size should I assign to the smallprint footnotes? ...
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What are good general typeface principles based on target audience age?

Everyone knows that as people get older their vision deteriorates. At 20 years old, few have trouble seeing and reading 8 or 9pt type in print or 10-11px type on the web. However, the older an ...
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Recommended Body Font Size for Print Magazine?

I am working on a print magazine in InDesign with a smaller than normal layout: 169mm x 239mm - which body font size would be recommended for this layout size? I have tried using 8pt for the body ...
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Are any font sizes reasonable to use

When I choose a font size for use in a graphic I usually opt for font size menu dropdown defaults like 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60, or 72. If I'm working on something large (like ...
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How to determine the “native” size of a bitmapped font?

I have a couple of bitmapped fonts in the form of *.dfont files. I would like to find out the "native" size(s) for these fonts. By "native" I mean the sizes (in points) of the bitmaps themselves, ...
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Using mix Typography/Color in brand name

A friend and i are building a e-commerce site, but we really trying to create a brand that will be cool as well. Our target market are 15 - 29 year olds, so we want it quite funky. and it should be ...
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Does anyone know a good pixel font 7px tall?

I'm looking for a pixel font which I'll use later on to convert/use on an lcd type of display and the maximum height is 7px. I've started by checking out dafont's bitmap fonts, but it takes quite a ...
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TTF and other “modern” font systems, and font size differences

I have no formal (and precious little informal) graphic design training. Fairly famous Computer Science person Dr. Donald Knuth long ago developed a font description system called Metafont. In and of ...
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How to work out font-size setting by counting pixels?

I have an image of a proposed website. How do I work out what px font-size value to set text to by counting pixels? E.g. I have font-size: 14px, (in Arial) but counting from the top of an "L" and ...
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Are there ways to make a font more legible at smaller sizes?

What techniques can be used to make a given font more legible at smaller sizes (in the 6-9pt range, for example)? Will legibility be entirely dependent on the font used, or are there other design ...
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What font to enhance 1-2 words within block of Helvetica/Arial?

I'm trying to find an alternative to simply "bold/italic" words that I want to enhance within a continuous block of Helvetica/Arial text. For example: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur ...
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Clearly display small font size

What techniques (or different fonts) could I use to fonts to make small text (about 10px) look nice in Photoshop? Here is what I tried, but every time it looks blurry, or too bold:
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What's with size-specific fonts?

Google Fonts has a font called Slabo 27px – 27px is part of the font name because the font is made for that specific size. Do you know what’s the point of this? The font seems the same to me at 16,...
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Scale for Large Typography (Much larger than 72px)

I'm currently doing a mockup for a website that has a few large typographic elements. For scale, I'm using the one provided by Typeplate (18, 21, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 90, 117), but after spending some ...
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When should I use a condensed font?

I was advised to post this question from User Experience (UX) to this site instead. Assuming I always have enough space to write what I need to write, and I never get into a position like http://ux....
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Is a 10 point font big enough to use for small descriptions in a cv?

I am creating my CV on an A4 and I am wondering whether a 10 point font size is big enough. here is screenshot and I am talking about the content next to the crosses: http://d.pr/i/LDKK. in fact do ...
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When trying to achieve the “ideal” letter count per line how do you balance container size and font size?

“Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory length of line for a single-column page set in a serifed text face in a text size. The 66-character line (counting both letters ...
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How can I keep the font-width consistent in SVG across different operating systems and browsers?

I'm trying to add some text to a SVG file. The text is dynamic and shown over a rectangle which acts as background. Since the text is dynamic, the width of background rectangle also needs to be ...
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What is the font used in Stackexchange Math?

What is the font family and the sizes used in Stackexchange Math content and headings? I think it is a readable font. It would be nice if we use it also in web pages involving mathjax. If it is not ...
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Why do fonts set to the same (pixel) number of size differ drastically in actual size when displayed on screen? [duplicate]

Something that has always puzzled me is the fact that when I change the font used in a program, even though in theory the font size is remains the same, the actual displayed size differs dramatically. ...
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Tapering spiral text - tried text on path, art brush, and envelope distort [duplicate]

Using Illustrator CC 2014: I'm trying to create a spiraled text in which the text size decreases as it spirals inward. I've tried putting the text on a path created using the spiral tool and ...
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Bootstrap buttons - text hard to read?

Is it just me, or does the text on the Bootstrap buttons hard to read: I feel that the text is way too small for the size of the button and the letters are too close to each other, making them ...
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Determining Gutter Size in Grid Design

Is there a rule of thumb for determining grid gutter size as it relates to type size? I'm struggling with this issue on the web, especially when dealing with larger size type set at 20px and above. ...
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Calculate ideal font size so text can fit into cell

I am a programmer and I have printing code that draws grid on the paper. Grid has 4 columns, and they have equal horizontal length. Height of the cell is one tenth of the paper size and is fixed. ...
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Why does Illustrator CS6 read font information from a SVG file incorrectly?

I have a bunch of SVG files that were created by MagicDraw. In these files, I have several font definitions, e.g., <text x="152" space="preserve" font-size="11" y="376.958" clip-path="url(#...
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Make font size bigger than max limit of 1296 pt in Adobe Illustrator (2015)?

For some reason and for many years there's a limit for font size in Illustrator. It is 1296 points max, so you can't go bigger without converting type to outlines first. Converting to outlines means ...
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Are there any common system fonts that maintain decent legibility at small sizes?

Are any of the common Windows fonts more legible than others at small sizes, such as 6pt? I know that there are some free fonts (such as PT Sans) that have decent caption styles, but I'm looking ...
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Is it possible to change the style (font size, font type, etc) for multiple tables in a powerpoint presentation?

The Slide master in MS Powerpoint lets the user set font size and font type and then, if any change needs to occur, lets the user apply the change consistently across all slides. I was wondering if ...
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Same font, different size on different platforms

I received few PSDs from a designer who are using windows. The font is Open Sans, I already have it on my mac. I opened the PSDs, and clicked in the text layer: ..after that I edited the text, ...
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What font/style is being used in the following image

I'm customizing the design of a Shopify store and one of the templates uses this image as a logo: How could I write a word using that same style and font with Paint.NET? Thanks for your help!
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Why does 1px equal 1pt in photoshop but not on the web? [duplicate]

Please explain why in Photoshop setting a font size to 16pt or 16px looks exactly the same size but if I do the same test on a web site, the font-sizes are VERY different. Example on the web Why ...
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Adjust font size reltive to another font size in InDesign

Is it possible in InDesign to globally adjust the size of font A relative to the size of another font B so that given the same "Font Size" they have always the same height of their lowercase letters? ...
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Should I be concerned about optimal font size for a particular font

I am aware that certain fonts, are designed for use at certain sizes, at least in the physical print world. They make uses of things like Ink Traps to prevent running. With type for the digital world,...
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How to change font size without changing the position of the text?

I have to change the size of multiple text labels in a plot, but I want to keep the labels in exactly the same position. The vertical center of each label is now aligned with a tick in the plot. If ...
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Choosing an appropriate font weight and line height

Typically a back-end engineer, I'm venturing into the world of vector design, trying not to hurt myself on the way. I'm aware that I'm struggling to size things, with my home brewed typography style ...
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How to I scale my text to past 1269pt in CS6 illustrator?

I've tried the scale function and it doesn't seem to work. I don't know what else to do. Please help.
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How to choose the “right” font size for a given page

I asked a similar question in TeX.SE and I am not 100% happy with the answers. I find it strange that there's no standard formula that yields the "right" font size given the page's size. Therefore, I'...
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Illustrator: Trouble with font size

I am using Adobe illustrator Cs5.1 on Mac. I am having trouble making with font size. In short, I will select two blocks of text and set them as the same font and the same size. However, they appear ...
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How to choose alignment point when changing font size for multiple text objects in Illustrator?

Say I want to change font size from 5pt to 10pt for all text objects in Illustrator, but keep their bottom-left corner unchanged. When I selected all texts by Select --> Object --> Text object and ...
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Smallest readable printed font size for Calibri on my inkjet printer?

What would be the smallest font in Microsoft Word that when printed on an A4 size paper would still be readable? By readable, I don't mean comfortably readable. All I need is for the printed text to ...
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how to make font size equal to file dimension in photoshop?

I have a question about this code I found from: How to get Layer size (Width and Height)?. Is it possible that font size can be same as file size? say if file width is "1920px" then font size should ...
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Set font size in pixels in Corel Draw x7

im using Corel Draw x7 and need to use font size in pixels instead of points. Is there any way to do that? Thank you
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Why Does My Font Size Looks Too Large in InDesign? [closed]

In InDesign, I have my font size set to 6 pts, but it definitely looks larger than that. What settings can I look at to try to change this occurrence?