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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 is the printing process of gold letter stationaries?

I've been interested in designing stationaries, such as cards, envelopes, etc. I've seen many gold lettered stationaries, and am wondering how to print gold (luminescence) lettering.
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Critique: résumé: design without sacrificing conservatism and content-focus?

Although I have already asked a résumé question here, this is for another resume and a completely different question so I created a second question so as not to distract from the first one. ...
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Typography of sideways figure

I'm writing my thesis using LaTeX and I have the following question. Since my figure is too wide to fit the layout, I rotate it using sidewaysfigure environment from rotating package. I'd like to ...
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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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How do I make overset text automatically flow into adjacent columns, in Photoshop

Is it possible [in Photoshop] to make overset text flow into an adjacent column, once the first text box is full? ex. I have two three columns [A,B and C] and a surplus of copy. Once column A is ...
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Highlighting text in Adobe InDesign

I want to have inline code snippets in my InDesign document. Similar to how StackExchange does it, like this. So the gray background is perfect. Basically I just want to highlight certain text. ...
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Where should drop cap be suitable?

I wonder where drop caps should be used. So far, I only see them in column of newspaper. Are there any cases which drop caps shouldn't be used, like in scientific papers or brochures?
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When designing in the browser how would someone use kerning?

OghmaOsiris asked how would one decide on what is the proper kerning, "Kerning: My Xylophone is off key" and since I have started the transition of designing in the browser I was curious to know how ...
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What does BE and BQ stand for (or mean) on a font name?

I have noticed that some fonts have the letters BE or BQ appended to their name. What does this mean? Is this a standard code for some features of the font? Extra glyphs perhaps? Or is this just a ...
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How can I make this lettering/typographic shape better?

I made this effect in Illustrator using the line tool, Zig Zag tool and then expanding the line to a path. I want the top line of the 'E' to join perfectly with the line in the 't'. I have almost ...
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I need a good italic font to pair with Impressum

I'm looking for an elegant and not-too-busy italic font to pair with Impressum bold headline. See options I've tried already. Most seem to be too light, or too busy. All ideas welcome! Thanks!
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How do I create this 3D typography effect?

I have been using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for a while now and I was wondering if you could guide me on how to create a 3D effect like this:
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Critique: WordPress Plugin Banner

I'd love some feedback on the banner I created for my WordPress plugin. This is the banner that displays when someone is on the plugin's page in the WordPress repository. You can see it here, if you ...
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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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Why do newspapers use multiple columns?

This might not be the right place to ask, but I was wondering why newspapers use multiple columns? Does it take up less space, or is there a visual reason?
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When should someone use ligatures?

What decisions and factors should be considered to determine when to use ligatures? Only in headings? Only in body? Purely by eye? I ask because about seven people looked over a poster design and ...
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Text-based maze drawing

I'm planning to use the symbols from the Box Drawing group of characters to draw paths and mazes and such. However, due to font substitution, even in monospace they may not be monospaced because they ...
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Is it bad practice to use non-brand fonts in ads?

I'm working on a set of ads designed to have a social media sort of feel. Generally, these ads have a header and a sub-header on a stock image. The brand has a specific header and body font that must ...
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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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Which secondary whitespace character should I use for my seven-segment font?

Background Information I'm working on creating a semi-monospaced font that will mimic a seven-segment display. There are many existing fonts for this purpose, but none of them quite fit my needs. ...
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Kerning Feedback

I'm currently looking at a new font for a logo and I'm having some issues with the kerning of our lettering. I've search the web for guidance on kerning, in particular when using double lowercase ...
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Change weight of font while maintaining local formatting in InDesign

I have a large block of text that is set to "book" with local italics throughout being set to "book italic." I'd like to increase the weight of the whole works: with the stuff currently set at "book" ...
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Should I use capital letters (titlecase) when using small caps?

I just came to realize this problem with chapter titles in my thesis. I'm using small caps for them, but I also noticed that (because I'm use to it) I wrote them in titlecase, e.g.: However, if I ...
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How does color affect kerning and leading in CSS?

I received permission to make some changes to the company's website. All I've done so far is change Font Color and Background Color. Doing so though made drastic changes in leading (line-height) and ...
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How to create SVG for good typography on the web without buying Illustrator?

I have a web font which I would like to display using SVG instead of in HTML. The reason for this is that I want to display large typographically beautiful text, and I don't see any way of getting the ...
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Should one mix serif and sans-serif type fonts on the same Webpage, for plain text elements (not headlines)?

There are "rules" that sans-serif look better for headlines, serif for plain text. Are there "rules" that specify what to do if I'd wanted to mix serif and sans-serif on plain text elements (not ...
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I want to learn how to select appropriate colors and fonts for a new site

I'm developing a new site, and although I know enough basic programming to make the site, I'm not artistically inclined enough to make the site look nice. So, I was hoping I could get some suggestions ...
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How to scale a Character without changing its width?

I have to recreate a logo which has been made many years ago and all that is left is a tiny rasterized picture. I want to make a vector file in Illustrator. The logo contains text in, lets say 100 pt, ...
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RTL support in sIFR, Cufon, and Typeface.js

I want to use some font-embedding technology for a website which uses right-to-left language. I don't know which of these alternative ways of font-embedding support right-to-left languages. If they ...
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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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Options/suggestions for emphasizing or making parts of a document stand out?

I'm trying to come up with a scheme for emphasizing parts of a document. I want something more then just using an italic font as it could be a couple of paragraphs. Other parts of my document have ...
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Why do some fonts make I, l, 1 look the same?

Why do some fonts make the I,l,1 characters look identical? There are fonts where they don't just look similar - they are the same exact pixel locations. Why were they ever created? I'm guessing ...
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Examples of medieval and Renaissance typography?

Do you know any fonts that mimic the typography from the Renaissance era? Time: 16th century Place: Denmark/Scandinavia The thing I'm working at is a logo for a Jousting Simulator. This game took ...
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gap between text on baseline grid

I have applied a baseline grid to some text but there is a gap between the two lines of text. I want the text to sit on the baseline underneath the top baseline. It has a character style applied to it ...
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What are standard ratios for typography on the web?

In laying out a web design, I often try to make sure that my typography is proportional and consistent. However, I haven't been able to find any definitive articles or resources on what ratios and ...
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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

I've always found font selection to be a little bit of a mystery. What factors should be considered when choosing a font? How does one successfully incorporate two fonts into a design? I realize that ...
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What serif/calligraphy fonts have a lot of discretionary ligatures?

I'm looking for typefaces that have a lot of discretionary ligatures, more specifically a serif or calligraphic font of the fancy/classical sort. I am already aware of: Mrs. Eaves DTL ...
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Is serif necessarily related to “past” or “history” etc?

e.g A company that has a long success history and they want to depict that in their logo then would a serif be a must? Why or why not? Additionally on what criteria do you decide to use serif or its ...
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Which pairing works best for these sans serifs?

I'm on this project where I want to keep a sans serif font for my titles (shown as title in the examples) but it works very poorly for the text. I already have a serif matched with it but I also want ...
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Optical sizes on posters

Some fonts come with different optical sizes. A few Adobe fonts have different optical sizes that are recommended for 6–8 point text, 9–14 point, 14–24, and 24+ points. I am designing an A1 poster, ...
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Special Characters (InDesign) Total pages marker? [duplicate]

Is there a special character marker for Total Pages? I can use a marker on my master page for current page where it will say A, but if I want it to say A of 3 (3 being the total number of pages) is ...
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What points should we take into consideration when choosing a web font?

I want to deepen my knowledge in typography, more specifically, web typography. I'm looking for good information for this purpose, but I'm not finding anything good. I see many people talking badly ...
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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 definition of font size? [closed]

I tried to search the Internet for a definition but I didn't find much. So, what is the definition of font size? For instance, what makes a 10 pixel font a 10 pixel font?
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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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Is this typeface intentionally so uneven, or is this some display error?

I read many books on Android for Kindle, and most of them display in a nice, unobtrusive way. This is a screenshot of my last book: But the book I am currently reading has a very strange ...
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Is there a way to create gradations between two given weights of a particular font?

Was doing some reading and came across this which I found very insightful: Weight This is the difference between bold typefaces or versions of a typeface, and regular typefaces or versions ...
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On which sites can I sell fonts I've created?

I made a typeface that I would like to sell non-exclusively on several online stores. I have been searching and found a few nice outlets so far. What are the font shops you know of? Where do you ...
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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. ...