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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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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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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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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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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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Google Web Fonts or Typekit?

As a graphic designer, I do website designs, but not the development. Someone asked me today if I know about Typekit, and I hadn't heard of it so I googled it, and it seemed pretty much like a paid ...
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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 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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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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How do you create Icon Fonts?

Ive seen many examples of people using icon fonts but I am wondering what is the best way to execute this process. An example of icon fonts: Raphaël Icon-Set via @font-face. A tutorial I have read. ...
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Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font?

Can anyone suggest a free equivalent of the Hoefler Text font On Identifont
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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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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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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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How to use font variants within Inkscape

I'm trying to use Inkscape to design a logo, the issue is that I can't use any variants of one of my fonts, Quicksand Light: I know I have the font and its variants installed because GIMP notices ...
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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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Are Google Web-Fonts okay for printing?

Do Google's fonts function just like any other font? I've only gotten a few but they look a little poor in quality when used in print applications. Has anyone used them for a print design and did it ...
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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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How do I find sans/serif pairs of fonts?

A particular project I'm working on (a house style) will need a serif/sans pair of fonts. Currently, I'm at the "Identify some possibles" stage, but I'm not asking for suggestions. Examples of the ...
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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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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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How to evaluate the quality of a font before deciding whether to purchase it for commercial purposes?

How can a newbie to graphic design like myself evaluate a the technical design of a font before paying for it? I am unsure as to what things I need to consider and how I can test them without buying ...
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How to replace a character in a font with another character

I have a font in TrueType and OpenType format that I really like. I would like to replace one character of that font with another character. Specifically, I would like to make underscores look like ...
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True Type and Open Types fonts - should I install both for any given font?

Most of my fonts have both a true type and open type version. Should I be installing both for any given font, and if I should then why should I be doing is as opposed to picking one version and ...
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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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Problems with Dynamic Text in SVG when font is not SVG

So, I have an graphics automation chain that has been happily running on a headless linux environment using programmaticaly generated/altered SVGs and PhantomJS (currently 1.9.0) as a final rendering ...
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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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How can I search for a unicode character if I'm not sure it exists?

I'm looking for a Unicode character that will be as similar as possible to the Avengers logo. Even without the circle. Anything that will hint at that logo for people who know it I'm not sure ...
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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 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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How do you call tall, thick fonts, similar to Bebas?

I'd like to find similar fonts to Bebas (below): What do you call these types of fonts? Thick, tall, and usually all in uppercase?
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Replacing a font in many illustrator files

I have several hundred Illustrator files that are formatted similarly, and for legal reasons I need to replace a font in all of them. Even with the 'Find font' tool, that's a hell of a lot of fonts to ...
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To What Extent Should Overused Fonts Be Avoided?

Conventional wisdom says to avoid overused fonts, because they start to lose their flair, and then your work ceases to stand out from the crowd, or adopts unwanted connotations. But what if an ...
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Can TrueType fonts contain color?

Google's Noto Fonts include, in addition to Noto Emoji, the color TTF font called Noto Color Emoji. Can TrueType fonts have built-in colors?
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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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Photoshop Fonts Always Italic

I've recently exported an image from Microsoft Expression Design to a .psd format, but when I open the exported .psd & attempt to create a new font layer, any font I choose will be italicized but ...
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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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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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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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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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Exporting from Sketch for icon font

I am trying to export SVG icons from Sketch to import into Fontello, however the SVG's don't appear to be correct for the app (they also do not work in IcoMoon). The icon I am trying to create as a ...