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Do a lot of freelance designers buy fonts?

A lot of the fonts I see are pretty darn expensive, of course you can find some awesome ones for free, but do freelance designers usually buy fonts? Or is buying fonts a practice reserved mostly for ...
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Can you help me with a font licensing question (AKA what is the licensing for my font)?

I'm asking this question on behalf of the occasional new members who ask questions in the following categories (fill in the blanks as appropriate): Does anyone know the licensing terms for ______ ...
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Compiling a new font from existing fonts and embedding it in a website

I'm working on a project, which is a bilingual project. There are beautiful fonts for each language (I'm talking about free fonts). However, in any special case, only a subset of each font is suitable ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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Can anyone name this font?

WhatTheFont and Identifont have been unable to recognize it. I'm sure it's something really obvious. Thanks!
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Simplifying an initial before tracing it

In order to trace an initial to make a font, I need to simplify the original picture as much as possible. I've already vectorized it, but I wonder how I could clean it up a bit more to make it easier ...
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Can't see all the font styles installed in Windows 7

I've installed a font that has different styles (bold, italics, thin, medium, ultra and so on...), but I can't use them all because I can't see them in Photoshop. The fonts are installed, but seem in ...
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Could you please help me out identifying the typeface (font)?

Could you please help me out identifying the typeface (font) used to design the logo presented below? What about ornaments/emblems? Is there any font I could use to design similar style ...
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What is the Font used in Amazon Kindle Android?

What is the font used by Amazon Kindle in the image below?
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Free/libre equivalent fonts for a cover

I'm working on a book cover for a translated book. I want to keep the style of the original book, but I'd also like to use free/libre fonts if possible. Using the original fonts, this is what it ...
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Help me find a font that looks something like this…

Ok, this is a horrible drawing I know but looking for font recommendations that might get me close. Basically I am looking for a font that uses 3 stripes to create connecting letters. The letters in ...
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What is the best font for use in legal contracts?

What are the best font for legal contracts, and why?
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What is the best way to obtain physical letterpress metal fonts?

(Note: This is an odd question to be asking on a website in this day and age. But it is something that those with a historical bent might care about, and I'm not sure where else to ask!) As a ...
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PDF font embedding; any utility to batch test font collection?

Question Is there a utility that will batch test fonts to check which CAN and/or CANNOT be embedded in an Export to PDF? Why? I want to organise a (too large) collection of fonts so that when ...
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What can I do with AFM - Adobe font metrics file?

I received zip containing font in .afm format. Is this some sort of source-code of a font that can be converted TTF/OTF or so? How can I actually read and use this file?
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What's a good resource on learning Opentype?

So in my spare time I like working with fonts. During the creation process it's hard to remember all the possible features offered by Opentype at one time. What's a good resource (maybe a primer of ...
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Can I use OS fonts in logos?

When I design a logo, can I use a font that was included in my OS? That I downloaded for free? I'm perhaps less concerned with wordmarks than with other types of logos.
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Free, downloadable Helvetica small caps? Well, then, how about Arial or even Tahoma?

I'm looking for Arial non-fake small-caps. Free, downloadable, and TrueType or OpenType. A free Helvetica would be great but I don't know that Mono ever made small caps for this typeface. I will also ...
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Does anyone know what font this is?

Tried searching on MyFont's 'What the font' but no luck. Hoping it's a free font. Thanks.
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Can anyone recongize the font from showoff.io

I like the font (or style of font) used for the logo of the site: https://showoff.io/. Is there a place to find such fonts?
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Can anyone recognize this font (or know the similar one) ?

I would like to know the name of this font and where can I get it. Can anyone recognize it or advise me the similar one ? I found this just as an image preview in one document. Thanks a lot
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Headlines font choices for Graphics and/or CSS Embedding?

I'm trying to identify the attached image font so we can use for artwork and web embedding. Any other similar or better fonts for headlines will be great as well that could be used for embedding or ...
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How to create a new glyph = letter + ogonek in InDesign

I've got a font, which doesn't have polish diacritic chars which I need. I'm trying to construct them, by merging two glyphs - a letter and ogonek or acute accent, which are provided by my font. I ...
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Does x-height really matter when choosing fonts in using for readability and legibility?

If using a typeface with a low x-height at a large point size, wouldn't it has the same result as using a medium or large x-height smaller point size. So does it means x-height only useful when ...
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Font (anti)aliasing in Photoshop

I'm using Photoshop for designing websites and whenever I compare a photoshop design with the live browser preview the fonts appear to be rendered differently. Basically any anti-aliasing method I ...
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How can I make this text (slightly) more 'Chinese-looking'?

How can I make this text (slightly) more Chinese looking? (examples will be appreciated if possible). (I think the purpose of doing this is obvious). EDIT: This is option two:
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Is it possible to render readable screen type at a size of 3px?

I just created an icon in fireworks with a size 17*15 (which is small) and when i try to label the icon the minimum size of the text is 8 pixels which is very big . I want to have a label with text ...
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What font is used in the Best Western Hotels logo?

I'm interested in making a joke t-shirt for a friend that changes the text on the "Best Western" logo. Does anyone know what font that is (pictured below), or what font most closely simulates it? ...
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Thick “Initial” font, with a particular “S”

I want wondering if anyone knew of any commercial-free fonts where the "S" doesn't curve down, but instead the ends go horizontally? I'm having a hard time searching for something with that kind of ...
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Sans-Serif font suggestions for small (11pt), bold, uppercase heading text

I need some suggestions for a sans-serif font to use as a Heading/Label. I'm looking at small 11pt text, which is all uppercase and bold. I'm writing my app using WPF on Windows XP and none of the ...
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Which font should I use when I do not have a lot of real estate , and anti-aliasing turned off

I have been developing a lot of Windows 7 gadgets lately. The max suggested height and width are 400x400 but ideally 300x400 is the area I develop a gadget in. Now a lot of rendering is being done in ...
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Building hand-written fonts for lettering

I am looking to build a custom font from my handwriting for lettering a comic. what professional tools exist to build such a font and export it into one of the mainstream formats (TTF, OpenType, or ...
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Guidelines for logos using multiple typefaces

I was wondering there were any helpful guidelines and/or tips for designing logos with multiple fonts. It seems to be a dangerous area to enter into, but can lead to some great results. Often times ...
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What font does bitly use in their logo?

What font is used in this logo? Editor's note: while this was their logo at the time this question was written, bit.ly have since adopted a new logo.
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How can I automatically determine multiple fonts used in a single image?

I am looking for a tool that I can give it an image filled with different fonts and it will give me their font type. I know of this tool: http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ Thing with this ...
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Popular serif and sans-serif browser compatible font combinations?

I was curious as to which combinations of serif and sans-serif fonts are preferable to use that are compatible with most browsers. While I am aware that with the introduction of CSS3 importing ...
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Improper kerning in iOS app, using Helvetica Neue

I think I'm posting this question in the proper SE site, as it pertains more to designers than programmers. I developed an iOS app with a programmer (I'm the artist), and we're using Helvetica Neue. ...
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What is the name of this semi-slab serif font?

Could anyone tell me what this font is on the following images? It looks like Courier but it is not.
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Which hand-drawn/calligraphic style font is used in this restaurant logo?

I need some fontphiles! Which font is being used for the restaurant name? Any ideas? I'm sorry the image is so small, it's the best one I could fine. Apologies if this is not the right SE to ask ...
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Is it possible to automate font substitution in Illustrator CS5?

I'm creating a custom PDF catalog by grabbing pages from other companies PDFs (I do have permission to do so) but I'm having problems though because I do not have the same fonts installed on my ...
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What font is used in this web app's menu button?

I am software developer on a legacy web application project. We have a menu bar whose buttons are a combination of an icon and some descriptive text. I am currently adding a new feature, and it ...
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What font is used in HBO's 24/7 series

I really like the brushed black & white font used during the intro to HBO's 24/7 series. Any guesses as to what it might be? EDIT: In response to Phil's answer, 'Impact' isn't quite it. ...
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What is the font used in the logo of Stack exchange beta sites?

I am quite curious.. I already have seen it elsewere and I like it.
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where do you get your type inspiration or how do you decide for the right type?

I was wondering where do you guys get your inspiration for Type and How you decide the right Type Face for your projects. thanks!