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Is it possible to add new characters to a font?

I've got a font called Lato, and I need to add the characters İ, Ğ, ğ, Ş and ş. How can I do this? 1st photo is the original. 2nd photo is the same font that I upgraded:
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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 identify fantasy fonts

I can clearly identify wacky fonts like this one: to be of the "fantasy" type, but some fonts look almost like regular serif or sans serif fonts only with some strange things going on. As an ...
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Is it acceptable to use different but similar typefaces for print content and web content?

To be more specific, is it acceptable to have two different typefaces used for headers? One will be used for web content and the other for print or more static content where the type won't be at the ...
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How to reduce the size of a PDF with embed fonts (Calibri)

I need to reduce a PDF form's size to at least 500 KB from 1,117 KB. A client gave me this form already created and they just have to use Calibri as a company standard. I am aware that Calibri is ...
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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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What am I missing if I have a font created from SVGs using some online application?

I have love for fonts, especially in web and print typography, though my background is not in this regards. Recently I came to know that, I can make SVG images in Illustrator, and can upload them to ...
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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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How to find/browse fonts that include certain rare characters? (unicode/international)

This question is similar to How to know which of my fonts do or don't support certain glyphs?, but for fonts in font shops, not just fonts I already have. I need to make a design which includes two ...
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Legibility of familiar fonts vs. typical considerations for typeface legibility

I recently had a coworker mention that we might prefer selecting a handful of familiar fonts for some built-in themes for a software application we are developing over a handful of other potential ...
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Styles of the Lowercase “a”

I've noticed that many posters, advertisements, etc -- as well as many fonts -- use the lowercase letter "a" as shown in "figure 1". However, I've always hand-written it as what it looks like in "...
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Any automated system to compute the linear length of a letter(s) in a word or phrase?

I may be way out of league asking this question but is there a way to get the linear length of a letter or words. That is, if you were to take the word "super" and measured the outside border of the ...
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Does anyone know of any font families that 6, 9, 8, 0 look the same upside down as right side up?

Does anyone know of any font families that 6, 9, 8, 0 look exactly the same upside down as right side up? The 6 upside down would look like 9 and vice-verse. Thanks!
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How to explain the reasoning for and against a font choice?

I have a client who runs a fairly traditional transport business; no thrills, creativity or fun about it. Until recently, he has been using a combination of Bookman Old Style Bold for headings with ...
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After purchasing fonts, what further “permissions” are necessary to use them in commercial design work?

There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding font "licensing" and "permissions". Isn't the license to design with it what we are purchasing when buying the font? For basic commercial design work, ...
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DejaVu Sans Condensed not showing up in Inkscape, despite installed

My system came with DejaVu Sans and DejaVu Sans Condensed installed by default. PROBLEM: Inkscape only shows DejaVu Sans. Do I have to configure something special in Inkscape? Or is DejaVu Sans ...
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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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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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What's the difference between fonts Meta OT Bold and Meta Pro Bold?

OT Bold vs Pro Bold More generally, when two fonts differ only by the last bit of their name, what does it mean? Is it "the same font", but by different foundries?
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Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?

I have been looking for a good monospace font in order to meet the criteria of a client. One I found that I think has suitable qualities is OCR-B. However, as near as I can tell, it only comes in "...
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Font with equal spacing between letters

I am just beginning to learn about fonts and typography so pardon if my question seems naive. I really like the look of Futura Bold for titles in a powerpoint presentation I'm making but the unequal ...
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Add diacritics to fonts in Illustrator

There are many free fonts, but they often don't include letters with diacritics such as Ă, Â, Ș, etc. Placing those marks by hand in a large text that keeps changing can be a pain. Is there a way to ...
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How does font size translate on a Retina Display in Photoshop?

I was wondering, now that I am designing on a retina display in photophop, I've doubled my screen resolution from 72 to 144. I've been keeping my document pixel size the same. For example, for ipad (...
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Vector pasting in wrong spot / Font Lab and Illustrator

I built out some shapes to test out a font icon idea. I drew them in Illustrator. I set my art-board to pt at 1000 x 1000. I filled the objects and moved the ruler so that 0 was the baseline. From ...
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What could happen if a corporation was using a font commercially with out a licence?

This is purely a hypothetical question. But let's say a large corporation or company was using a font family that was not free to use commercially and the font was published by a high-end font ...
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Rules for adding colors to a black and white palette in web

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio, that allows users to have their own account where they save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know that the ...
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Can I commercially use a logo that was made using URW Chancery L?

I am making a webshop (hence commercial) for someone. I would like to make the logo using "URW Chancery L". (According to an unofficial site I found, its license is GPL+FontException. Is that really ...
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How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
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Which font license should I buy for use in a company logo?

I would like to know which font license I should buy for use in a company logo? I am going to use the logo in my web application, in advertisements and everywhere the company logo appears.
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Font for sections, subsections and subsubsection titles (in scientific thesis)

I've seen in some questions (Fonts for technical reports and What font types are good for a technical document?) that there are many answers to the "what types of font should I use". Since there is ...
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Font for representing Unicode non‐printable characters

I need a good font for representing control characters. And it seems one is installed on my system and that my keyboard layout creator software use it as it’s default installed font (I have thousands ...
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Suggestion for Eurostile-like font

I'm currently re-designing an unified layout for my resume, portfolio, business card, and so on. Until now, I've used Eurostile as my preferred font, but I'd like to switch to another with a free ...
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Adobe Acrobat Pro X can't use font for text field, which Indesign 6 can

I've exported an InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) file to PDF (not for print, but for interactive), the PDF file has embedded several subfonts of Helvetice Neue already used in the InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) ...
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FontLab Studio and font editing [closed]

I have this problem, how i can solve?