I am working with some fonts, and none of them have the "bold" option. The font is too thin, and the result is not well legible.

So, I was wandering: is there a way to turn the text into a path in some vector graphics software (Inkscape), and then transform the path so that the thickness of lettering increase, without changing (too much) the overall size of text, so to mimic the effect of using "bold" font?

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You do not need to change a font to paths. Simply add some width to the stroke with the same color as the fill.

Just be aware of the type of corners you have.

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  • It works great! Thank you!
    – Fabio
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 11:53
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    Ugh. As a typography aficionado, this makes me cringe. I don't have a better method, though, and I realise workarounds are workarounds. Grmbl. ;)
    – Vincent
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 13:04
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    The size of the cringe depends on the width of the stroke.
    – Rafael
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 17:27
  • I still wish there was a better way in 2024. Commented Jan 27 at 20:14

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