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What are my options to creating “carved stone” styled text?

I'm trying to create a carved stone style of text similar to Backtrack's band logo: I'm trying to achieve the 'cracked' and 'cut away' erosion. From my understanding, I will have to make the text 3D ...
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What are the font settings which correspond to “default” font styles in iOS 9?

There is a set of default font styles accessible via the iOS API. What settings (font size, weight, etc.) do they correspond to by default on an iPhone 6 running iOS 9? Does this vary across ...
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What is the difference between Glyph and Font?

I was going through one document and I came across this term 'glyph'. The term was new to me so looked into wiki for its definition. I felt both glyph and font is same. Am I correct? Else please tell ...
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What's the best way to make a curly brace used for grouping items together?

Many documents (especially older ones) use what looks like a curly brace { to join multiple elements together. Here's an example of this to illustrate programming code, and here's a thread about ...
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What are the more respected sans serif fonts that come standard on most computers?

I've been tasked with making a powerpoint theme for the company I work for and one of the requirements is that it uses a font that comes standard with most computers. What are some of the built-in ...
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Making InDesign break all words but not hyphenate them

I'm looking for a way to make InDesign break words regardless of good design practices and not hyphenate them. For instance: The quick brown fo x jumps over the l azy dog. I would have done it ...
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When is font hinting used for print?

Following on from this question: TTF and other "modern" font systems, and font size differences Higher quality fonts contain hinting information, which in short better fits glyph boundaries ...
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What are the differences between Gill Sans Nova and Gill Sans MT?

Gill Sans Nova was released by MonoType recently, and is already proving rather popular (possibly related to the attention-grabbing 75% discount on the complete set...). Gill Sans has always been a ...
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Merged letters in Illustrator?

Why are some letters are merged in Illustrator?
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Lorem ipsum equivalent for Spanish, Polish and other languages?

I'm testing out some fonts, and I'd like to see how they look with language that use more than the basic latin alphabet, in my case Dutch, German, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. Is there a tool ...
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Is there a standard rule for which face in a family is the default?

The Avenir family that ships with Mac OS X comes with twelve faces. Avenir Book and Avenir Roman both have 400 weight, normal font-stretch, and are not italicized. I'm building a product that lets ...
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How to create this grunge stamp that is dark on the edges & more grungy on the inside?

I tried different methods and they all were very very complicated. Is there an easy way to create this effect where the grunge is more visible on the inside?
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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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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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How to create editable text with effects

I need help to know by steps how to create the same as the attached snapshot. It's done in Adobe Illustrator (Strokes, fills and effects from the appearance box), I manage to create editable ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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Make InDesign not re-hyphenate an already hyphenated word

On a publication that I work on I run into a problem where hyphenated words are hyphenated again at the end of a line. (Here's an example: self-sufficent would end up self-suffi-cent) Is there a way ...
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Principles of Typography for different languages

Sometimes German students ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in English, French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. ...
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Is my logo looking grungy and do you get that its Bad in a good way?

Hey all. My boyfriend needs a logo for an online/home business building custom saltwater fish tanks, and I happen to be a graphic designer. I only have 3 or so years of experience, so I guess you ...
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Feedback: A simple registration form. How can I make it more clear?

I am no designer, nor am I pretending to be one. This is why I am kindly reaching out the community for feedback. In this landing page I made I feel there are lots of things wrong it, and hence it ...
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Usability and distracting and confusing design [closed]

I have designed my theme here you can take a look : http://photontechs.com/themes/VSResume/Designer/ Reviewer said "Nice idea, but usability for this conversion is pretty low. Theme is also very ...
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Examples of good academic poster design [closed]

Do you have any good examples of academic poster design? Most posters look exactly the same (I don't want to pick on anyone in particular), and from my experience at conferences, almost nobody reads ...
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Legibility of familiar fonts vs. typical considerations for typeface legibility

I recently had a coworker mention that we might prefer selecting a handful of familiar fonts for some built-in themes for a software application we are developing over a handful of other potential ...
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What leading settings do you using for San Francisco font? [closed]

I'm designing for some mobile platforms. I was impressed with Google's font guidelines and wondered why Apple doesn't have any guidelines for San-Francisco font. I'd like to learn your experience ...
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What leading settings do you using for San Francisco font? [duplicate]

I'm designing for some mobile platforms. I was impressed with Google's font guidelines and wondered why Apple doesn't have any guidelines for San-Francisco font. I'd like to learn your experience ...
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Futura leading: perceived line distance for numbers is off

Here's a part of a potential business card, the problem lies in the distance of the middle line to the other two. It seems closer to the top which really bugs me. What would a professional ...
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Somebody help me find this Japanese font? I already have an idea for what it is

So I have a font similar to this installed on my phone, called "cherrybomb" that I got from this website (I'll post the link below) but the thing about that font and the one in the picture is that the ...
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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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What's the practical difference between a 'glyph' and a 'character'?

I saw this question on the Typography site proposal and it bugged me that I didn't know the answer. I'd always treated 'glyph' and 'character' as interchangable. After reading an explanation on the ...
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How do I italicize fonts that don't have an italic variant in Illustrator?

For example, how do I italicize the font Impact (Regular) in Illustrator CS 6? I can't find the italicize option in the character panel window.
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How to separate an airport name from a city in a list of airports

I'm working on a website that will, on some pages, display the city names and IATA codes of airports. However, some cities have multiple commercial airports, and require an airport name as well. ...
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How to handle drop caps when the first word is just one letter?

Suppose you have a document or similar where each section starts with a drop cap. What's the standard typographical way to do these drop caps when the first word of the section is one letter long? ...
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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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Photoshop tracking and kerning: what do the number values mean?

Working on a site design where I'm trying to translate a tracking value of "100" to the CSS letter-spacing property. When I specify a tracking value of "100", what am I saying? Definitely doesn't ...
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font stroke contrast is rendering badly in browser

I'm using Tahoma font in my site. I'm using all the css settings like text-rendering -webkit-font-smoothing to ensure that my font renders properly in browsers. The only thing is the stroke contrast ...
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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 would I go about creating a graphic like this? [closed]

I'm a really big fan of this style of having typography be a part of the image. I understand how to get objects on top of the text, but how do you create those incredible shadows that give it such a ...
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How to create transparent border around text on Illustrator?

I created the following on Photoshop. I wanted to see if the same can be done on Illustrator (just the typography). I tried clipping masks, but the opposite of what I want is happening i.e. the circle ...
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For web content, is it better to use an entity or the actual character?

I'm confused about the correct way to insert special typographic characters (like quotation marks and em dashes) when producing content that will be displayed on a web page. Is it better or preferred ...
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TypeTool: How do I create a glyph for a specified unicode character?

Alright this question may look very stupid, but it's actually confusing me. I'm a new user of TypeTool by FontLab, with which I'm currently creating a custom icon font for a project. Therefore, it's ...
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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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What script font is is used for the Villa Rheinblick logo?

a friend needs a relaunch of his website, gave me all the data he has including a 2kb .gif of the logo which is just a pain in the eye! He doesn't know which font this is, directed me to the ...
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Typesetting and book page layout using pen and paper

I have seen a lot of sketches of rough design for graphic design projects. But if one has to design text size, alignment, etc. is pen and paper a good way to plan? If yes, how do people do it? Do ...
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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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How do I find a 'wide' variant of a font like Helvetica?

I need a wide font. It would be nice if it could resemble the text "YEARS" in the following image: How can I find fonts like these?
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What rounded bold cursive font looks like the “Dunked” logo?

I have been seeing a major trend in these types of fonts, the bold cursive ones. I have been going through many and so far I have found Pacifico an Honey Script. I have tried using font identification ...
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Why is my text looking blurry in Photoshop CS6?

The font is really blurry. I don't know how to fix it. Does anyone know? Please help me! I tried everything and none of them worked.
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Can anyone copyright or trademark a punctuation or alphabetical symbol (grapheme) or only a font, typography or typeface which contains it?

I have this doubt after read about the registered (trademarked or copyrighted, I don't know exactly) SarcMark infamous symbol for mark sarcasm in texts. Anyone can register a symbol or the idea of ...
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Illustrator preview mode [closed]

So i have this problem where whenever I type, the font in the bar where the fonts are suppose to stand, wont show up. Neither can I make it bigger. I would have to click "command T" to get the menu ...
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