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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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How to know which of my fonts do or don't support certain glyphs?

I have a long list of glyphs with various Unicode points across several Unicode blocks that I need to represent in a monospaced form (which mean with a single font). How I can know which glyph the ...
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Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?

I am trying to find a very good monospace sans serif font to meet the requirements of a client. However, despite there being a number of them out there, such as Deja Vu, Droid Sans Mono, Cousine, ...
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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 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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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 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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How to distress a font in Illustrator?

I'm trying to distress a font. I have created outlines on the text, then using brush, drew a line of charcoal brush. Select All, Expand Appearance, Pathfinder minus. It works but only the first ...
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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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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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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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Name for type that has the same width and height

I know monospaced type (font) means all characters have the same width. Is there a similar name for fonts where all character have the same width and height?
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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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Hiding symbol (and other weird) fonts from Photoshop

In my Photoshop fonts menu there's a lot of fonts I'll never use, and these get in the way of finding the fonts I do use. Can I hide those never-use fonts from Photoshop? (I'm not sure font management ...
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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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Help Identify the Japanese and Chinese Fonts as Pictured

I'm trying to identify the fonts used in the attached images. I suspect that the Japanese sample is a Dynacomware font, but I don't see a match on FontShop. I think it’s been discontinued by the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Font, letter E sans vertical bar

Is there a font where the capital E has no vertical bar? I got the idea from the font used in the movie Elysium, but I think it only appears in the credits. Any help is appreciated. Best, Loque
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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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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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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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Font management tool across multiple machines

I have mac pro, imac and mac air and all of which I use at various times in the work flow creating a range of media. I have various fonts across all three and have been trying to manage with font ...
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Make a character in a font look like multiple characters of the same font

I have a free font in TTF and WOFF form. I want to create a ”multi-character”, by which I mean a character that when entered will be rendered as other (multiple) characters of that font. For example ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Critique: Typography for my website

Here is a picture of my website (and also the link) as it is now (still under construction). I've tried various combinations in term of font size, font weight, etc. but can't find "the right" balance ...
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Recommended font size and font family for website content

What font size and family is recommended for a web site's content to make it more readable for the readers or visitors?
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FontLab Studio and font editing [closed]

I have this problem, how i can solve?