Is there a way to adjust a font width between normal and "Faux Bold" in Adobe Photoshop? Or define how thick will be a font while "Faux Bold" is set?

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    HI István, welcome to GD.SE and thanks for your question. Be warned that faux bold is already considered a, pun intended, faux pas in typography, let alone faux semibold. If you have any questions about GD.SE, have a look at the help center or feel free to ping one of us in Graphic Design Chat. Keep contributing and enjoy the site! – Vincent May 6 '15 at 8:49
  • By "Faux Bold" I mean to set the characters as bold in the Character preferences – István May 6 '15 at 9:35
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    I know what you mean, I just thought I'd warn you about the fact that it's a somewhat deprecated practice. For what it's worth, I don't think there's any out-of-the box functionality like this in Photoshop, but you might be able to find a plug-in that does this. – Vincent May 6 '15 at 9:37

Not really. It's best to actually purchase a font with the weights you wish to use.

That being posted, you could just apply a stroke layer style to a text layer I suppose. Of course, this may slightly round the corners of some characters.

  • You suppose right – but a quick experiment gives me a stroke that's even bolder than Photoshop's own Faux. – Jongware May 6 '15 at 10:09
  • That would depend upon the size of the type @Jongware :) Since 1pt is the smallest possible stroke... it would be rather heavy on smaller type sizes. – Scott May 6 '15 at 10:11
  • It does depend on the size, but I noticed the difference even on 128 pt text. PS's faux is actually more subtle than one would think; it even increases the spacing a bit. (Can't believe I am saying that :P) – Jongware May 6 '15 at 10:16
  • You know that "faux" is only faux if a font does not contain a bold variant, right? If there's a bold variant for a family, that variant is used and it's not faux at all. – Scott May 6 '15 at 10:19
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    Yes I know. I actually had to browse quite a bit to find a font in my system for which I do not have a real bold. I ended up with Papyrus. – Jongware May 6 '15 at 10:26

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