Questions about `.otf`, the cross-platform typeface file format. `otf` allows multiple typeface features ligatures, glyph alternatives and it can contain up to 65536 glyphs.

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What's the difference between opentype vs. truetype

I know very little about typography. What are the differences in terms of opentype vs truetype. I do know that they are types of formats to render fonts (correct me if i'm wrong). Are there ...
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Is there a standard font format that is considered best practice when creating an open source/free font?

If I want to venture into the world of typeface design, I of course would prefer to use the proper font file format. I'm wondering if there exists an industry standard for this, as well as whether ...
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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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What advantages/disadvantages do specific font formats have for print production?

Fonts can be purchased or downloaded in several formats: TrueType OpenType Postscript Type 1 Postscript Type 3 Multiple Masters I realize that OpenType and TrueType are universal formats which ...
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Writing text with character variations

I am looking for alternatives to hand-lettering a Comic. One attractive alternative would be building a custom font. (I'll be asking about details on that in a separate question.) However, I would ...
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How does random choice of alternate characters work in OpenType fonts?

I have a question similar to “Writing text with character variations”: I would like to create a casual hand-written-style font, that reproduces the natural variety between occurrences of the same ...
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Which glyphs to design according to the needs of a particular market?

Sometimes I make my own typefaces. Most of the fonts are very incomplete. I concentrate a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and some punctuation marks. I want to make a more complete font. But find it hard to decide which ...
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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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How to find out whether a font is authentic?

Is there a way to find out whether a font is authentic or fake? Font files both online and on my machine are often of unclear origin, yet I'd like to be sure that I paid for the fonts that are ...
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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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Is there a way to select OpenType features in Inkscape?

Today's OpenType fonts have a lot of features included like: kerning, capital spacing, ligatures, old style figures and stylistic sets. I miss these features a lot. Is there a way to select ...
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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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What's the technical term for groups of glyphs in an OpenType font?

This question is asked with FontForge in mind, but I'm sure that if I get the terminology right then it would help me. Here's my screenshot: See how in this font, you can hold the mouse down and ...
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What's a good resource on learning Opentype?

So in my spare time I like working with fonts. During the creation process it's hard to remember all the possible features offered by Opentype at one time. What's a good resource (maybe a primer of ...
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How to get all supported opentype settings for a font?

I’m using often open source fonts from the web for my web projects. One thing I’d like to do, is activating opentype settings like ligatures or kerning (and in some cases, it would be helpful to check ...
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Issue with Calibri typeface in Photoshop CS4

I have a very instersting issue with Photoshop CS4 and the Calibri typeface that I was hoping somebody would be able to help with. Certain characters when typed next to each other produce an odd ...
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How to create opentype fonts (from mf files)?

I have a general idea of how to create fonts using the metafont programming language. Using mftrace, I also understand how to get the Adobe font metric information (.afm file) and Type1 fonts (.pfa ...
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Using OpenType Stylistic Sets in Squarespace via CSS

I would like to use characters from a certain typeface's Stylistic Sets, but can't figure out how to do so with CSS. Specifically, I'm trying to apply these characters within text blocks on a ...
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Creating Open Type font from True Type fonts?

I have a set of True Type font files which are different style of a given font. Say myfnt__.ttf -> regular myfntB_.ttf -> bold myfntI_.ttf -> italic myfntBI.ttf -> bold italic I ...
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Should I be concerned about optimal font size for a particular font

I am aware that certain fonts, are designed for use at certain sizes, at least in the physical print world. They make uses of things like Ink Traps to prevent running. With type for the digital ...
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What's the meaning of Std and WGL on Typefaces?

Taking for example the Rockwell OTF typeface. There are three "classes" inside of it: Rockwell Rockwell Std Rockwell WGL Are those particular to this typeface, or they mean something in general ...
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Using GREP to change to OldStyle figures with Unicode Range

The OTF font I'm using isn't allowing me to change the figure style to Proportional Old Style figures. The only way I have figured out how to it is to use a GREP search and change but only for one ...
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What does True Type Flavored means? [duplicate]

I need to work with Open Type Fonts only, as it is mandatory by my company. I used Open Sans, which is google font, and even though it says it's an Open Type font, when you click on the additional ...