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I want to make font, I have digitized the characters, how to proceed next?

Basically I want to learn how to use the kerning, spacing, ligatures to make it more legible. If any one knows any tutorials or guide available online please let me know. thank you.
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How to check if font or other product name has been used?

I have used trademark searches before, such as http://www.uspto.gov/ but each country has their own, which means more searching than I have time for. Besides many of those sites are incomplete, ...
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Why is it still common to use too similar glyphs for “1” and “l” in monospace?

I have difficulty differentiating "l" and "1" when reading source code, i.e. monospace serif types. I am able to tell which is which when looking more closely, but regardless of my eyesight, this ...
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Is Typeface and Type Family the same thing?

I'm currently taking a graphic design course on Coursera, and the instructor uses these words interchangeably. Therefore, does Typeface and Type Family mean the same thing?
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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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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 ...
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What is this typeface with a very high A crossbar?

Anyone knows what typeface this is? Tried WhatTheFont and all the other font ID robots out there and couldn't find out what it was. I can't remember the original website I got it from, thought it was ...
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What characteristics define a technical typeface?

I was reading this other question in GD.SE and suddenly realized that I don't know exactly defines a technical typeface. It is very clear to me what defines a serif / sans-serif / cursive, but how can ...
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Borrowing punctuation from another typeface

I am designing a piece of editorial and using Univers throughout, except for the pull quotes where I have used the quotation marks from Gotham instead as I feel they are more distinctive and ...
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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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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 the digital design of ...
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How to design the letter ß (eszett or sharp S)

When designing a typeface, how should I design the letter ß? Looking at existing typefaces there seems to be a some variations of how the character is designed. It seems that the letter (called an ...
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Would Using the Star Wars typeface for a Website be considered copyright infringement?

My client wants a logo that uses the Star Wars font called Star Jedi, however I'm sure using a Star Wars font would be copyrighted. Please let me know guys. Is the Star Jedi font only for personal ...
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How should I approach designing special characters I am unfamiliar with when designing a typeface?

When designing a typeface there are a number of characters that I, as an English speaker, have never used, rarely seen and simply don't understand. These characters fall in to a number of different ...
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Is there a formula for the largest readable font size?

I'm working on a project about "creating rules" about design and text sizes in a layout... even when you do not have the size of the layout. My co-worker and I can't agree on the largest text size to ...
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Why are there so many variations on the ampersand design?

Most characters have a single shape or form - for instance the letter C always looks like a C. The end caps may be different, it may have serifs, the terminals may end at a different angle, but the ...
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What characters are good to start with when designing a typeface?

Given many characters in a typeface build on others and even just a couple of characters can reveal a lot of the features of a given typeface, what characters are good to start with when designing a ...
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Hand Lettering style?

(not sure this type of question belongs on this forum but thought i would ask) So I'm looking at learning a particular style of hand letter, for the life of me i cant find many other reference other ...
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What font to use add text to picture, when there is no white background?

It's like making an internet meme, except it's not about meme. I am learning English vocabulary, and I think that a meme-like image will help me a lot to memorize the word. It has a picture and a ...
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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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What are the different stroke widths (e.g. in a W) in serif fonts called, and why do they have a particular orientation?

Certain serif fonts have distinctly different stroke widths for parts of certain letters (see WMVAU below) and there is a "correct" and an "incorrect" orientation. An example with Google Fonts Prata: ...
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What makes a font a “gothic” font?

It’s easy to find lots of fonts with gothic in their names. But what makes a typeface a “gothic” typeface?
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How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other?

What is the difference between these fonts, and what are some typical examples of why one might be used over another?
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Why don't upper case numbers exist?

Capital letters add a lot to text in various ways, for names, brands, emphasis (although capitalisation for emphasis is frowned upon) Why then, are there no upper case numbers?
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1976 TRW Defense and Space Systems Group font

Is there a freely available rendering of the font used in this Paper? Is it some "standard" typewriter font used in 70s by any chance?
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Fonts question [need help] [duplicate]

I have been reading around and trying to find a solid answer about Fonts and their Licensing. What I don't understand is what type of license do I get with software such as my Mac, and CS6, Office, ...
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Is there research on the preference of sans-serif fonts in printed text for Western European countries?

According to an answer on: How are Serif and Sans-serif fonts different, and when should one use one over the other? For print, in the U.S., body copy is usually set in serif, while in Europe it's ...
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What are the various fonts / typefaces used here? [closed]

I love kinetic typography, and the latest video by David Guetta, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO9THtRWb2s uses it in an interesting way. Instead of just using text as a 2D element, they've made ...
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Sticker font - what is it?

Searched a number of tools both automatic and manual and can't identify what this font is. Closest I came were an OCR (but the numbers were wrong) or New Letter Gothic - but that didnt have matching ...
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Webfont alternatives to Gotham

The Brand Guidelines have specified the use of Gotham and Arial as the typeface, and I can see that in the past people have had various experiences with using Gotham on the web. Instead of using ...
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When are typefaces considered conflicting with each other?

I have been reading a lot about font pairing lately, but I’m still missing to identify when fonts don’t complement and contrast with each other, instead they clash. An example that I've read was ...
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What are the symmetry-in-pair symbols usually appear in Wingdings fonts? [duplicate]

For example, in Wingdings font: What is the symbols in boxes used for? I have checked the wiki pages of Wingdings, List of symbols, Ampersand and Unicode/List of useful symbols, but I can't find ...
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Libre font databases with fine-grained faceted search

I'm having difficulty finding suitable libre typefaces. Some sites, like Google Fonts, provide a small amount of faceted searching (or search filtering, if you prefer), but I haven't found any sites ...
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Problems looking for a specific sans-serif typeface

I've had a peek at your question guidelines, it looks like my question is on-topic. I really have no idea how to even research this problem, as my butchery of typography terminology will now ...
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There is any font which have same from centerline

I'm Prasann. I'm Graphic Designer ("Fresher"). I'm Designing my portfolio right Now. I'm creating Box to Put All Things(Brochure, Business card, etc.) into. in Box Design i need to Split the Fonts ...
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Where do professional designers “go” to look for typefaces?

I'm just reading The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams and am very impressed how on almost every page, Ms. Williams seems to "pull out" some beautiful typeface which I've never heard of. ...
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What's name of this font which I can't find on what the font? [closed]

Quick question, I couldn't find the name of this font even on WhatTheFont. Here's an image: Thanks in advance!
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Advice about expanding a wordmark into a full typeface - best practices for shoulders in letters

Does anyone know of typefaces where the lowercase r has a shoulder, but the lowercase n does not? I've done a custom mark and it fits these requirements, but I'm confused as to how to expand the mark ...
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Is there anyway to convert all texts to outlines in Sketch App?

I was using Sketch to make a cover photo, and there are many words in it. I have to convert every text to online, so I have to open layer folders and select each text in it by myself. Is there any ...
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Why does Consolas scale so well on Windows?

I was trying to make a font from scratch. I always admired Consolas and I wanted a clean style similar to it. The problem is that my font doesn't scale as well as Consolas. This is an example of my ...
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To use Myriad pro on website, but light or other?

Sorry for my english and for my question.. (I don't know more about font) I would like to change the font on my website. I like "san francisco font" but is impossible to use it. Other option is ...
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Keeping track of outlined fonts in Illustrator

I'm interested in best practices for keeping track of typefaces in an Illustrator project once the text is converted to outlines. Is information hidden somewhere I don't know about? I sometimes keep ...
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Is there a term for roman-type Arabic numerals?

There are Roman numerals and Arabic numerals (perhaps more accurately Indo-Arabic numerals) and there also are three main branches of typefaces for the Latin alphabet: roman type, blackletter and ...
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What is wrong with Comic Sans?

There's a great TEDxExeter talk by a colleague of mine, Simon Peyton-Jones, about the recent advances in the English lower school 'computer science' curriculum. Like all of his slide decks he uses ...
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Typeface with little space needs for package design

I got a package-design job where I am a bit stuck in a problem, and this is it: The company must (due to legal things) display an enormous amount of text on the design. The space I have for the ...
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Recognizing font differences

I’m making a flyer in Adobe InDesign. I’ve studied InDesign on my own, but I still need to learn about typography. I want to learn how to recognize fonts differences, e.g., in the following: Are ...
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Double space acceptable after period before abbreviated title?

It seems accepted amongst typographers that the double space after a period is a dated artifact of monospace typewriters, but is it acceptable to use a double space in between sentences like: I ...
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The selection and use of typefaces for the non-designer

I am looking for a short, concise resource that will help me better choose and use typefaces. I think the ideal resource would have a thoughtfully chosen list of about a dozen of the most important ...
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Is HelveticaNeue a good web/e-mail typeface if it can successfully embedded? [closed]

I need to send some professional/commercial e-mails, my design currently look like this: Helvetica, have a very large use in Printing and from wikipedia: Miedinger and Hoffmann set out to create a ...
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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 ...