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How can I automatically determine fonts used in an image or PDF?

How is it possible to determine the fonts used by text in PDF and TIFF files?
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Font (anti)aliasing in Photoshop

I'm using Photoshop for designing websites and whenever I compare a photoshop design with the live browser preview the fonts appear to be rendered differently. Basically any anti-aliasing method I ...
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How to make a font with Adobe Illustrator?

I have recently created my own font/typeface with Adobe Illustrator, and I would like to use it as a real font (e.g I would like to use it as I type something). Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator ...
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How to manually identify a font when the automatic services fail?

A common problem: Designer has spotted a delicious font being used on/offline, but there are no references what is the name of the font. The designer either gets unsatisfactory results from automatic ...
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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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Helvetica Neue Equivalent on Google Fonts?

Does anybody know a font on Google Fonts that is very similar to Helvetica Neue?
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How do I embed Google Web Fonts into an SVG?

I'm new to SVGs, and just made my first decent graphic in Illustrator. I've embedded it into a page with the GWF script for the Ubuntu font in the tag. As it turns out, the Ubuntu font displays ...
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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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How can I make my photoshop fonts appear like they do on the web?

Do I really have to design everything in photoshop with anti-aliasing set to "none"??? I'm sure there is a better way. I'd like to have a setting so that when picking a basic web-safe (such as ...
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Is it legal to convert a not-freely-distributable font to “path” and distribute it?

Suppose, I am creating a logo in a vector graphics editor (for example Inkscape) and I use there the font which cannot be freely distributed (for example Myriad Pro which can be obtained by ...
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How do I create text with a sense of depth?

I like the appearance on a button used by this site. Here is an example: Is this effect achieved graphically or are there fonts available? If there are fonts like this, what search terms should I ...
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What are Google Webfonts or Typekit alternatives to Avenir Next Pro?

I'm looking for fonts, available from Google Webfonts (ideally) or Typekit, that would look similar to Avenir Next Pro, specifically, Bold and Demi: Any similar-looking fonts, with good ...
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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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Fonts for technical reports

I'm building an MS Word template for my reports. I am not sure what to use for fonts. I see lots of reports from clients and others using Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambrai, ...
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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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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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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 Awesome as Photoshop Custom Shape Set

Everytime I need to use font awesome in photoshop, I'll always copy an icon from website and paste in photoshop. I can print it into pdf and copy into illustrator as vector but I want them as ...
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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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Best font for programming?

I am looking for the best font for not only programmers but all people which are "forced" to sit long hours in front of a computer and staring at screen. I expect less distraction, less eye tiredness, ...
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PSD fonts and Html Page fonts

I am a web developer. What happens is that the Client sends a PSD (Photoshop designs) to the company. Then the designer needs to create a HTML page from the PSDs What happen every time is that the ...
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Noteworthy: Web Font and Its (Possible) Alternatives

I am trying to use Noteworthy font (available on Mac OS X 10.7.2) for my web application. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it on MyFonts nor typekit; I mentioned these two sites just because so far they ...
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managing fonts in illustrator

Is there a better way to manage fonts in Illustrator instead of the default drop-down? I am on CS6 and Windows7 I have several hundred fonts and I wish there was a more intuitive way to browse ...
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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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What font to enhance 1-2 words within block of Helvetica/Arial?

I'm trying to find an alternative to simply "bold/italic" words that I want to enhance within a continuous block of Helvetica/Arial text. For example: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur ...
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What font can I use for a Japanese book?

I have a PDF book to be translated in Japanese, and what wondering which fonts to use. My main languages are French and English and I have no experience with asian fonts. I would not be able to say ...
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Can I manage the fonts that appear on Illustrator's Type drop down

On mac, I have many more fonts on my computer than I use daily. Is there a way to control which ones appear on Illustrator etc.'s menus? I see that I can use Font Book to 'disable' the fonts. Is that ...
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Is there any open-source alternative to Fontlab out there?

I used to work with Fontlab Studio to design and compile my fonts. Years have passed and my former Fontlab install vanished into the voids of a crashing harddisk. Now that I'm gaining interest in ...
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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 ...
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Cross platform (PC and MAC) font rendering issue and font conversion to SVG

I just purchased the DIN font, it includes all the following file formats (.otf, .eot, .woff and .ttf) Now these fonts don't look the same on cross platforms like MAC and PC, it looks great on PC but ...
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What is the font used in the logo of Stack exchange beta sites?

I am quite curious.. I already have seen it elsewere and I like it.
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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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Anticipating problems with a Google Webfont's rendering cross-platform

Web fonts can sometimes look great on one machine, but awful on another, due to differences in rendering not just between browsers, but also with the same browser between operating systems. Most ...
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What are some typefaces to pair with Bauhaus?

I have been given a small web project for an ecommerce store. The logo uses Bauhaus 93 and I am struggling to find good fonts to pair with this. Image borrowed from Identifont Particularly I would ...
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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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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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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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What's a replacement for Univers Condensed?

I'm failing to find a replacement for Univers Condensed to use on the Web. I'm using Typekit (portfolio), and right now using LFT Etica Web which is much wider than Univers. I tried Googleing but no ...
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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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How do I use an SVG “icon font” within Illustrator?

Trello uses an icon font and I'd like to figure out how to bring in some of the glyphs into an Illustrator project. Admittedly, this is going a bit backwards (usually you want to import Illustrator ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...