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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 ...
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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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Illustrator knows I have a font but refuses to select it

I need to use a specific font (Nanum Gothic Extra Bold) for a certain project. Illustrator knows I have the font: If I start typing the name in, it autocompletes. But once I hit return, it selects a ...
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What are the differences between Gill Sans Nova and Gill Sans MT?

Gill Sans Nova was released by MonoType recently, and is already proving rather popular (possibly related to the attention-grabbing 75% discount on the complete set...). Gill Sans has always been a ...
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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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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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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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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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Font or technique needed to recreate newspaper article from 1873

I work for an animal shelter that traces its history back to 1873. With the help of the local library, my colleagues and I were able to find the original newspaper article that discussed the initial ...
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Does this Chinese font fit in with our brand?

We are about to make the Chinese version of our charity website live but I'm not certain about the font we are using. Our Chinese office say they are happy with the system default but they don't have ...
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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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Font in Google android emulator?

I've been trying for the past week to find what is the font on google android emulator... : But couldnt find any matches. Any help please?
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Are there typographic methods of rendering a document traceable?

I seem to recall an anecdote on how one branch of the British government had designed a way to circulate seemingly identical for-your-eyes-only documents to a small circle of high-level collaborators, ...
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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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What does “letterfit” mean?

I started reading The Elements of Typographic Style and found the term "letterfit". I'm unsure as to what it means. It doesn't appear in the glossary of terms of the book. Is it related to kerning?
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OpenType Features - Adaptable typefaces

I have a typeface I've developed that comes in two variations, one spans horizontally whilst the other vertically. At the moment they sit as two OTFs. What I would like to do is create an OpenType ...
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Are there “bi-form” fonts that don't have descenders?

Is there a font that displays the entire image of each and every one of the 52 English alphabet shapes ➝ and ➝ above (on) the baseline? Clarification: Examples of shapes that ...
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Trying paying fonts on one's website before purchasing

After using only free fonts I am now considering using paying fonts for a client of mine. But I realize that although free fonts can be tested at will on one's website, that's not possible with paying ...
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Open type sans serif fonts with true small caps

I am designing the front cover page for my book in Adobe Illustrator. I would like to have a nice sans serif font for my main title. I chose Lucida Sans (font style = Demibold Roman). However, I have ...
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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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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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What is the best Font with less empty Space (ultra fat)

I search a good looking font which has small empty space, means the characters are full and nearly quadratic. Or in other words, if you draw a rectangle or quadre around a letter, nearly 80 % should ...
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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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What does “PDF-compatible glyph names” mean?

In Fontographer 5, when I want to generate font files, it asks me do I want to "Keep glyph names as they are" or make glyph names "PDF-compatible". What does the "PDF-compatible glyph name" mean ...
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Fonts of PDF look different in Preview (made in InDesign CS6)

I am making an interactive pdf in Indesign CS6, using Quicksand (from Google fonts) as main font. In InDesign, at 100% view, everything looks fine and the text is easy to read. (left text in the image ...
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How can I find font references in a Photoshop PSD file?

I need to convert all fonts in a PSD file (CS6) to outlines for printing preparation. Unfortunately, fonts aren't just in text objects; there are a lot of Smart Objects and some of them may have text ...
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Embedding pdf in illustrator

So, I'm using adobe illustrator for creating vectorial figures, mainly for graphs. In illustrator, creating graphs is not so well implemented, so I'm using another tool to make them (e.g. R, xmgrace, ...
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Convert OpenType (PostScript flavor) to OpenType (TrueType flavor)

I want to convert a OpenType (PostScript flavor) font to an OpenType (TrueType flavor) font. This is because Office Word cannot make pdf´s using a OpenType (PostScript flavor) font. To make it more ...
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Line Height of Font

I am designing my own font with Type 3.2. I have exported the font as an .otf and it is working well. However, for some reason the line height seems to work differently with my new font than the ...
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When does a font become a font?

As an offshoot of this interesting question, "Wire" (one dimensional) font, I'd like to ask, when does a Font become a Font? What are the minimum requirements to call something a font? Can ...
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IS ALL CAPS EVER OK?

I'm recreating a Character Sheet for an RPG, but it might as well be a form. In the original sheet I notice that all the text is in capital letters. At first I thought it was in small-caps, but it ...
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Which fonts were used in this presentation?

Lessons learned defying Joel Spolsky with Django by Nick Bruun I love the fonts - would really appreciate help in identifying the fonts.
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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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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 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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Searching for an odometer / mileage counter / rounded rectangle numbers font

I am in need of a font with numbers that look like this: Does anyone know of a font with numbers like these?
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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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Trying to figure out what this ornamental period font is

I have these two fonts and I would like help identifying each one please. 1st font 2nd font
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Should fonts always be very “formal” on a legal page?

I am working on a HIPAA page (legal disclaimers in the medical industry). I am including a screenshot of the bottom portion of the page. I think this looks good but wondering if I should perhaps go ...
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Is there a term for vertically low typefaces?

I am looking for a choice of fonts where (in capitals) the horizontal lines are relatively low. For example in this Martini logo: The horizontal in the A and R are way below the middle of the ...
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Can I legally transfer a font that comes with a Mac to a Windows machine?

The American Typewriter comes by default on Mac machines, but not on Windows. If those in my agency who need to use this font on their PC, do they have to purchase a license for it, or could I just ...
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Make printed out messages look good

I really have no idea with graphic design, but I was just wondering. Comic sans is a very popular font for home-made signs to print out and tape to a door or something: Sadly, it looks terrible ...
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1 letter used - do I need to buy the entire font?

I am about to finish designing logo. I use two fonts. One I already bought, but the other... I need just one letter from this font but it is not free. Do I need to buy the entire font?
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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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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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Editing glyphs in FontForge and related software has no effect – depending on where you look

Preface I'm unsure whether this is the right place to ask this kind of thing but honestly, I'm at wit's end here, so I'll try anything. Feel free to migrate or edit. Actual question In a font I ...
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How to make Photoshop connect Gujarati characters?

I am using Photoshop of CS6. Recently when I try to type our local language "Gujarati" via Google Input tools(I tried without Google tools also,with Gujarati fonts) ,Typed text not showing "Joint ...
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Font identification / recommendation: Cursive serif used for quotes

I'm trying to find this font or something similar as its really perfect for what I'm needing.. I'm looking for a cursive font, clear and italic many thanks! James
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Anyone knows the fonts used in this Resume?

I found a really creative resume when I was surfing the web this morning, and it uses some awesome sans-serif typefaces, but I don't know the fonts. Has anyone seen them before? (WhatTheFont was no ...