Questions about the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. Text is composed to create a readable, coherent, and visually satisfying whole.

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How to add drop caps in photoshop?

It's an option in InDesign, CSS, and MS Word. I'm not finding it in Photoshop CS5.
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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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How to properly set the css leading

I have a situation trying to figured it out how o properly use and set the css leading when we have something like this: Even if the line-height is the same, the first 2 lines look pretty far away ...
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Tracking in relation to kerning

I understand tracking relates to all pairs and word spaces while kerning relates to specific pairs. I’m wondering about how tracking is related to kerning: Is tracking added to kerning linearly, ...
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Footnote/Endnote reference characters before or after an ellipsis?

I was checking guidance on where to put footnote or endnote reference characters relative to punctuation and found a really clear answer for everything except an ellipsis. It's pretty unlikely and ...
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What are examples of web apps with clean, text-based layouts?

I'm in the process of redesigning a web app with a very simple layout, set mostly by text (similar to Google in both aesthetics and functionality). Do you know any examples of web apps with such ...
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How can I improve these secondary pages without a radical redesign

I am more of a web developer than a web designer so I would appreciate it if I can get some tips on how to improve http://tinyurl.com/7my6g6m 's design/looks and other secondary pages on this site. ...
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Are there fonts whose licence allows me to edit them and then resell the edited version?

I am looking for a way to start from a base font and create another font from it, that I could eventually resell. The edits would be rather heavy but the shape could remain. I would like to know if ...
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Typographic character to 'fill' a white space ; is asterism ⁂ right?

In a printed technical publication, I need to present a large double-pages illustration on the same double-page than its explanatory paragraph. Doing so, I had to insert a page break at the end of the ...
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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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Is there a monospaced font similar to GothamNarrow-Book?

I have a timer running on a video overlay in a mobile application. The font used throughout the app is GothamNarrow-Book. While it looks nice, it is distracting to see the running timer constantly ...
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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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Delete a horizontal bar in an 'A' character in Glyphs

I'm trying to delete that horizontal bar using Glyphs. I can delete the four points that create it, but have no way of joining the inner points back up again. I've been trawling through the meager ...
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In webdesign how do you calculate the ideal bottom margin for headers?

I've seen a few css frameworks add margin-bottom to heading elements in addition to a large line-height. Example from here. h1 { font-size: 46px; line-height: 50px; margin-bottom: 14px;} h2 { ...
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Vertically centered colon for time

This article discusses the vertically centered colon in Apple's San Francisco font. My webapp uses the Montserrat font, specified in CSS as follows: @font-face { font-family: 'Montserrat-Light'...
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Creating in PS a bleed for a die cut sticker

I am creating a album with stickers, each sticker is die cut and has a special place in the album. How do i create a bleed for each sticker that can be correctly interpreted by the machine that cuts ...
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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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How should I prepare my fonts to support a Chinese version of my website?

Wondering... Should I first make sure the font I selected for English supports Chinese characters as well, or after selecting any font for English then search for other font for Chinese that matches ...
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Slanted text with background box

Hello fellow creatives! I know this sounds like a stupid question, but this has been driving me insane for ages! How do I achieve the following in adobe illustrator: How do I create a slanted text ...
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Body font pairing for FS Hackney

I'm working on a new brand identity for my software company, and after some research we've reached a consensus that Fontsmith's Hackney (http://www.fontsmith.com/fonts/fs-hackney.cfm) could work well ...
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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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Anti aliasing for skewed typography in PS

The white rectangle that contains the typography is a Smart Object that was skewed with Edit > Transform > Perspective. The problem is that when the it's skewed and then resized (smaller) the text ...
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Are light type face versions simply thinner than the roman (regular) ones?

I am taking a regular version of a typeface I love and making a light version of it, and I'm wondering: Is the light version just an inset of the regular version? Are there any special ...
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Recommendation for time appropriate typeface (early 20th Century)

I am designing a program for a play that is set in the early twentieth century (circa 1911) Austria and it focuses on the upper class. What are some historically relevant fonts and design elements ...
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How can we design a better Restaurant Menu?

My team and I are involved on a re-brand for a vegan restaurant. Most of the print collateral has sailed through the approvals process. The trickiest item so far is the menu. We laid the type out in ...
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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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Ideal letter spacing on signage – tight or loose?

Now I’m not sure if large signs should be kerned like normal sized type on a page. If they need a bit of tweaking, should you tighten the kerning and tracking or loosen it? I know generally small ...
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What does “Attribution” mean exactly when using downloaded fonts?

The fonts that are free for commercial use are sometimes under Creative Commons licenses, such as CC BY-ND 3.0, which require you to give attribution to the creator. Does this mean you have ...
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What's the reason of this statement? “Content is usually best served by appearing as far left as reasonably possible” [closed]

I was reading "Ordering Disorder" Grid principles of Web design from Khoi Vinh, in where he mentions that without much explanation. He got a long copy (8 units wide) inside a column of 10 units, in ...
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Advice on font for a “Portfolio” website [closed]

I am working on my portfolio website now, and I am trying to pick a font but I have no idea which one to use. All I know is that I am looking for a Sans-Serif font that leaves kind of a "raw" feeling, ...
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Is there a good source for ANSI character sets for typography testing in web design?

Since clients like to see a visual example of typography I am looking for a way to test and display fonts chosen by client's that will include a full master list of all possible ANSI character sets ...
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Is inconsistent leading generally viewed unfavorably?

See, for example, this partial image of a document.
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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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What does 'One' mean in the name of various fonts?

I am not much of a typography expert. Unfortunately the word 'one' is very common so Google/Bing return no reasonable results. Common examples include: Francois One, Fjalla One, Days One, etc.
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How to make a non-spacing and non-marking glyph?

Inspired by: The new Kellum method Adobe Blank GitHub: jpkempf / zero-width-web-font ... I'd like to add non-spacing and non-marking glyphs to a font I've created in FontLab Studio 5. The only ...
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How to change the line height of a font

I want to change the "line height" of a font, that is the space between lines when the font is typed. I'd like to increase the space. (I need to use several fonts font in a text app with a fixed (non ...
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How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
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What font does Apple use for printed document?

Serif font such as Times New Roman is usually used in printing document in Windows. What is the equivalent font in Apple?
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Vector pasting in wrong spot / Font Lab and Illustrator

I built out some shapes to test out a font icon idea. I drew them in Illustrator. I set my art-board to pt at 1000 x 1000. I filled the objects and moved the ruler so that 0 was the baseline. From ...
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Spacing nav menu type

When designing a horizontal menu for a website in photoshop (like the img attahced) whats the best way to space them ? In html/css i would just use float:right; margin-left:20px; but in photoshop the ...
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Paragraph leading in Illustrator

I know how to set the general leading for at text box in Illustrator. However, I would like to know if there's a way to set leading between paragraphs?
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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 appealing....
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Strange sidebearing problem with a couple of characters on font. (ubuntu titling)

I have a LGPL licensed font, that I am currently using for my website. The font works well, except for a couple of characters (. and ,). At times, depending on which characters are surrounding it, ...
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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 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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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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Type specimen generator

I'm looking for a software that would allow me to test a big amount of fonts by producing one page (or at least, one paragraph) of text for each font in a folder. I'm not looking for a simple sample ...
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Correct term for stacked / super-justified / variable height text [duplicate]

Meaning like this, where there's a fixed width, and every line is scaled maintaining its aspect ratio to meet the width - including scaling the height (unlike regular justified text). There might be ...
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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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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 ...