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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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Ascender and descender heights: all equal?

Are all ascender and descender heights typically equal in well-designed typefaces? Does using identical ascenders and descenders increase readability, or is it not an issue at all?
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Can anyone identify this font?

Sorry for such a poor question but the font in question is: I tried using http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ to identify it but no joy.
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What is wrong with the type tool with Cambria in Photoshop?

When using Cambria (included with Office for Mac 2011) in PS, I get this huge insertion bar (err...). But seriously, in the left hand example the cursor is positioned after the number 1, and the ...
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Custom folder for fonts in Photoshop

Me and my fellow co-workers are using PS and if one of us uses a font that the rest do not have you get those annoying warnings about not having that font... Is there a better way to share that ...
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What is the font used in Stackexchange Math?

What is the font family and the sizes used in Stackexchange Math content and headings? I think it is a readable font. It would be nice if we use it also in web pages involving mathjax. If it is not ...
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Cognitive Science-Related Font?

Looking for fonts that have anything to do with cognitive science. E.g., a type that somehow evokes either brains, thoughts, science, biology, psychology, connectionist networks, mind, etc. Anyone ...
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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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How do I sell a typeface I've made?

Does anyone have experience selling a typeface they've made? What are some foundries that buy from individuals? Any advice? Asking price? It's a full set of glyphs with some ligatures. Thanks!
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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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Is it ok to mix fonts in Japanese documents?

If careful, reading, understanding, and form can be improved when mixing fonts carefully. For example, using carefully matched sans-serif fonts for titles with serif-fonts for text can achieve a ...
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What's the best software/service for classifying fonts by height, ascender/descender, aperture, etc?

Is there any font classification service (web page, app, book) that classifies fonts by x-height, ascender and descender lengths, stroke contrast, apertures and counters, besides the basic serif and ...
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Extract glyphs and make a new font

I have a web font that i'm using but I only need 0123456789. Is there a way to extract glyphs from that font and generate a new font?
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What is the difference between a font and a typeface?

Originally, the typeface is a particular design of type, while a font is a type in a particular size and weight. In short, a typeface usually gathers many fonts. Nowadays, with digit design of ...
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Saving a PDF file with Photoshop CS 3 gives error because of the font I use?

I'm trying to save a PDF file and retain text, The problem is that when I use some hebrew fonts that I purchased I get an error while saving the file, The error is the famous: "Could not save as ...
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Desperate to find out the name of this font!

I need to know the name of this font:
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Font design and typographic choices for dyslexic readers?

I recently stumbled on a font designed specifically for dyslexic readers (OpenDyslexic). It explains how it works like so: Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each ...
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Folder to put fonts for Illustrator CS6 without having to install fonts in system

I remember there used to be a folder I could just put fonts in and they would work for Adobe InDesign. I thought it was a folder called fonts in the same directory the InDesign document was. I tried ...
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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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How can I compare fonts not on my computer?

What is a service where I can perform side by side comparison of all fonts? Not just fonts on my computer, as most services seem to offer.
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Why is text on microsoft site not smooth in non-IE browser?

The following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/buy.aspx and possibly all other links in MS site does not render text smoothly in Chrome and Firefox. Why so? IE7: ...
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Modern design - What's that?

I am working on redesigning my website and iterating through fivesecondtests. The overall feedback is improving but no matter what I change, several people have mentionned that my designs look ...
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Adobe Source Sans Pro in a website?

I love the new open source font by Adobe, the Source Sans Pro. But I am not sure what's gonna happen if I use the font in a website, and the font isn't installed on the visitor's machine?
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How can I check if some OpenType font supports ligatures?

I am using two fonts, STSong and STHeiti. I want to know if these fonts support ligatures, such as f + i becoming one character, or at least having two characters nearby. I made a ConTeXt document, ...
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Free for commercial font like windows metro

I need a "free for commercial use" font that looks like the font used in Windows Metro. It will be used for display on website, both titles and text. With bold and 'slim' version. Do you know of ...
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How to Make Letters Like This?

I'd like to know how to make these in photoshop or fireworks, but with a slight preference for fireworks. If I can find a tutorial in photoshop, I can probably get it to work in fireworks. What is ...
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What font does Apple use for its “light” text?

Apple often uses what looks like a "light" version of Lucida Grande or Lucida Sans Unicode, as seen here: I like the font a lot, but neither Lucida Grande nor Lucida Sans has a light version. Is ...
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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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“Serifs improve fast, easy readability for long text” - myth or truth?

It's an old question, but an important one. Let's see if we can get a good, nuanced, ideally evidence-based answer. So, old-school wisdom (certainly, how I was taught back in the day) says that serif ...
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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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What's a good replacement font for ITC Avant Garde Std?

I got a psd comp for a website and the titles are in ITC Avant Garde Std. What's a good replacement font? It should be available for the web, either free or on TypeKit.
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Font management tools for Mac

It's been a few years since I've visited this topic, one which has been one of Apples biggest issues since OS9. Font management. I have been using Font Explorer however I've never been very impressed ...
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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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Font with large spacing suggestion

I'm using a software that has a very annoying auto-reduce-spacing feature, so that all the characters are close each other, that is highly unreadable. I can't change the spacing, but I can change the ...
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What fonts are similar to Candara, but available on Google Docs?

I've got several documents using Candara that I'd like to shift from Microsoft Word to Google Docs for collaboration; which font is going to be the closest match when using Google?
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Font conversion from (unknown file type - maybe .pfa) with .afm

I have been given a font that has a .afm file with another file that doesn't actually have a file type. I'm unsure what the file type is meant to be but, on my Mac, when it installs it, it can read ...
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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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How to package all faces of a font into one family file (Mac)

I've got a few fonts I've purchased over the past few years. These are decent quality fonts with, on average, 8-15 different faces for the family. The problem I have is each face is listed ...
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Help with choosing a good font combo for a business survey

Could anyone suggest a good font or combination of fonts that I can use for my online business survey? I have access to typekit, so would be great if the font choice was available from them. I'm ...
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How to replace an embedded font with a standard system font in Acrobat X?

In a large PDF document with several hundred pages there are abour 10 embedded fonts used. Can I exchange a specific embedded font against a system font (like Arial or Courier) with a single command ...
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Museo Font get distorted in browser

I am facing some problems with font rendering in different browsers. I tried to add a custom font and font get distorted in browser like firefox, chrome, IE ...
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Hollow fonts on android

I use the typeface "Lobster_1.0_.otf" in my Android application, but the problem is, that some of the letters appear "hollow", with a black&white outline. You can see the problem on the following ...
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

I'm designing a web application which has lots of data tables with business information both as numbers (sales, hours etc) and text (product names, region names etc). What fonts are great for dense ...
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OTF font family styles not showing up in Photoshop

I have a font which has six styles (Black, Bold, Extra bold, Light, Medium and Regular). For each style there's an OTF file. If I install all the OTF files, the font shows up properly in the Fonts ...
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What font is used in this logo?

Can anybody help me figure out what font is used in the logo on this site: I tried identifont.com but got no joy there.
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Should I use specialist “titling” fonts for headings and titles?

I once read, that one should use optimized/specialized fonts for headings and titles. The claimed reason was, that a kerning which is good for reading is not good (or optimal) for titles. I tried to ...
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What is the style of font called that is typically used in newspaper mastheads?

Does anyone know of a font suitable for the title of a newspaper? It is also the type that's used for the first letter of a chapter of a book (and is so calligraphic, you can't tell if it has serifs ...
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Optimum line height in relation to font size

Is there an agreement on the optimum mathematical proportion of line height and the size of a text? And if there is, is it the same for print and web?
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Photoshop - finding a font

I don't know if any of you had this problem, I'm using photoshop CS3, And sometimes in order to choose a font quickly, while the text tool is selected, I click on the text field that shows the ...
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Font used in 'Home Team: Global Domination' game board?

The territory names are very small, no results with 'WhatTheFont!'. Slightly larger original image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/RS9LU.jpg