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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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Fonts with wide international support

What fonts support the widest range of characters? (Like Helvetica Neue LT W1G) Need to work on an a website present in 25+ countries, and I'm looking for something I can use as a webfont. Update: ...
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What are the consequences of using unlicensed fonts?

I know that whenever somebody makes something and we want to use it, it is better to contribute to them and pay for it. But I have nothing to hide: I have used fonts illegally a few times. Is it ...
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What are the more respected sans serif fonts that come standard on most computers?

I've been tasked with making a powerpoint theme for the company I work for and one of the requirements is that it uses a font that comes standard with most computers. What are some of the built-in ...
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How to create an EAN-13 barcode font

I've googled for over 30 mins now, I can't find a free barcode font for EAN-13. Anyone know of any? fontsquirrel have none, Dafont have a few, But none of them are EAN-13 (as far as I know).
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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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Resources for finding good web font schemes/combinations

I have started doing some freelance website design work for small business clients, and part of my work will involve selecting fonts to use on the sites that I will be making. Given that typography ...
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Sans-Serif fonts with long descenders

I am need of a typeface with descenders that match or come close to the x-height. Can you recommend some? System fonts or free fonts would be ideal.
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FOSS Font editing or creation tools for windows

What are the best free or open source font editing/creation tools available for free on the Windows platform?
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Is the OCR-A sans-serif?

Can anyone confirm that OCR-A is a sans-serif font? Are the OCR-A capital letters considered to be block-form? Thank you.
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Is it “legal” to use copyrighted fonts without a license for non-profit projects?

It is? I just want to use some specific fonts for a non-profit project. I'll never sell or get any money (not myself or anyone related) with this. Not myself or anyone or the makers of those fonts ...
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Font copyright when used in images (Helvetica)

I have a specific Helvetica font that I use for text within graphics I am creating for my website, i.e. buttons, pictures. Do I need a licence or is it sufficient just to have purchased the specific ...
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Which cut of Gill Sans is it that is included on a Mac?

Like many classic fonts, there are several different cuts of Gill Sans by various publishers. Monotype distribute it as 'Gill Sans MT', and Adobe and ITC have their own versions. Which version is the ...
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On which sites can I sell fonts I've created?

I made a typeface that I would like to sell non-exclusively on several online stores. I have been searching and found a few nice outlets so far. What are the font shops you know of? Where do you ...
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Automatically apply different fonts based on text/symbol

I'm working on layout for a 300-page trilingual “coffee table” style textbook, and one of the languages uses a glottal stop symbol which the chosen body text font can't handle. This means that for ...
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How can I make a font monospaced?

Suppose that I have a font in a modestly popular format (.ttf, .otf, etc.), and I have the legal rights to modify it. As it stands, it is a normal font with different charaters (glyphs?) varying in ...
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Looking for a japanese font to match Garamond

Question: I'm currently taking a Japanese History course, and typing up (what I believe to be) a very pretty set of course notes. However, I'm having trouble finding an appropriate font. I'm currently ...
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Help with Font Pairing 'Kursivschrift'

I'm trying to find a good font that pairs well with a logo that uses 'Kursivschrift.' While I'm not a fan of the font due to the excessive amount of kerning required to make it work, it is the main ...
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How to write text from right-to-left in Central Asian Languages group fonts

Can anyone help me with this problem: I am having problem with Right-to-Left writing with the Old Turkic font. Turkish is written with extended Latin letters left-to-right but: Old Turkic is a ...
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Fonts not combining correctly into a family (PC)

I'm using FontCreator 6.5 professional. I have two fonts in the same family, and in "naming" I've given them the same Font Family Name, and in Subfamily one is called Regular and the other is called ...
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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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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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Printing Google Fonts on Paper for clients to view / choose

I would like to print 100-150 of the Google Fonts on nice paper for clients to choose for website builds. Is there a recommended way to do this? If there's already a PDF or if it's easier to print ...
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What's wrong with Droid fonts?

I have seen on various places that people consider Droid font family with contempt. In latest Android it has been replaced with another family called Roboto. I'm interested in why is that, from ...
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How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
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Which of these font communicates “luxury products” better?

We are about to create a new luxury fashion brand. We researched many trademark logos, and saw they use different font types. We cannot decide between the two different fonts below. We target people ...
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Can logos be made just by using a font rather than creating a logo image?

Most people make logo by creating an image for it. I don't want that since I don't know Photoshop and I may make it ugly. Can logos be made just by using a font rather than creating a logo image?
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What are the fonts used for this WWII Jolly Roger sign?

Can anybody help me identify the fonts used here? The sign is WWII, circa 1943 if that helps. I've been digging around for hours and I can't seem to get it. Tried matching heavy on what the font - ...
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Is there a font face in which all glyphs are identical?

As strange as it seems, I am looking for a font in which all characters look exactly the same. The goal is to obfuscate the text of passwords generated on http://enlargeyourpassword.com to the casual ...
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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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Strange type behaviours, some rounded letters seem larger

I have a weird thing happening with this font. It's Avenir. I've used it in the past with no issues, but this one seems to pop up once in awhile. The issue if not obvious is that some letters appear ...
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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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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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What makes a font a “gothic” font?

This seems like simple question... but I cannot track down any useful answers. It's easy to find lots of fonts with "gothic" in their names. But what makes a font a "gothic" font?
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Suitable font for Japanese-language text in comic?

What's a suitable font for Japanese-language text in a western-style comic? Comic sans serif doesn't seem to handle Japanese. (I deliberately chose it in part to be contrarian, and in part because it ...
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Handwriting font that at random picks characters?

First, I don't know much about creating fonts. I work with a childrens book author and want to create a font from her handwriting. This means that I have to have more then one character per letter ...
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Is Optima Roman or Optima Medium the Optima.ttc found in Mac OS X?

I'm currently working with a relatively small event run by volunteers and we want to be consistent across our publications. Currently we use Optima for the body text in our publications, but it's ...
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Is this an effect or a type of font?

I have seen a lot this type of fonts (the ones in the bar). It is a relief effect or the font is just like that?
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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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Creating a list of favourite fonts in Photoshop

I do a lot of design work, and I'm constantly using different fonts. Therefore I've built up a list of over 200 fonts in my directory. Is there a way in Photoshop of creating a favourites short list ...
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What is the term for the short lines of a square bracket?

In a square-angled bracket, what is the name of the short horizontal lines at the top/bottom of the vertical line? ex. [ ]
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What font can I use for a Japanese book? [duplicate]

(I already asked the question on graphicdesign but people redirected me here. I guess there are people with that kind of expertise here.) I have a PDF book to be translated in Japanese, and what ...
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What are the good and free alternative to Helvetica when use as web font? [duplicate]

Sans-serif typeface is usually in web, so what are the free/open/cross-platform choices that can replace Helvetica? By replacing Helvetica I mean are there any font which is better than Helvetica for ...
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How can I extend an existing font to include punctuation and numbers?

I'm in the process of developing a site for a client, and she really likes the font Sell Your Soul for the main headings. Only problem is that it's incomplete - it doesn't contain numbers or any ...
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Freely available old-style serif fonts with multiple weights

When I typeset text, I love to be able to choose from a large array of different weights (and, if possible, expansions). Having light and semi-bold variants in addition to the regular and bold weights ...
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Different types of fonts

First, my apologies if this question has been asked before. I did search here but found nothing and the almighty google was more than confusing (I mean the websites I got from the search). So I was ...
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Is it possible to convert PostScript to SVG? (Inkscape)

Is it possible to convert a PostScript file to SVG? Based on an answer in Tex.SE, I tried to use inkscape: inkscape test.ps --export-inkscape-svg=test.svg This indeed produced an SVG file, but ...
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How to find font name in Fireworks when font not installed

I have inherited a design in a Fireworks file which I'm turning into a web page. I've never used Fireworks but it seems to be similar (user-interface-wise) to Photoshop so it's going okay. However, ...
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Should one mix serif and sans-serif type fonts on the same Webpage, for plain text elements (not headlines)?

There are "rules" that sans-serif look better for headlines, serif for plain text. Are there "rules" that specify what to do if I'd wanted to mix serif and sans-serif on plain text elements (not ...
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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!