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Questions tagged [typography]

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 do I make a hanging indent on right-aligned text in InDesign?

I am formatting a Hebrew bible in InDesign for my class, but I'm having trouble with making indents in a way that I can apply it to the entire copy. It currently looks like this: But I want it to ...
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Why Outline fonts are rasterized before using on screen? [closed]

I am new in Typography and now a days reading about fonts, rasterizer like FreeType etc. What i get till now is that fonts are mainly divided into two types outline fonts (.ttf, otf, .pfb etc) and ...
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At what point the difference in x-height harm the readability? [closed]

For example, when choosing a pair of typefaces to combine in a single line, it is advised that: they are from different categories, in order to make them contrast they should have the same x-heights, ...
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Why designers avoid black as main text color? [duplicate]

Is there any reason for this? At first sight this is strange. It is like avoid white color. Any ideas?
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How to know which second typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface?

When searching for how to "italicize" a word in an italic context, I come up with an idea that changing the typeface is the solution that still convey the psychological effect that an italic-in-roman ...
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Acronyms in headers/lists - small caps?

I am doing my resume right now, and I have a lot of acronyms. I'm using an OpenType font, so I've always put those acronyms in small caps. I've never quite been sure what to do, though, when a heading ...
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How to “italicize” a word in an italic context?

If you want to emphasize a word in a roman text, but don't want the effect last long in the readers, you make it italic. In an already italic paragraph, how do you make the same emphatic effect to ...
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Why would I want to a use baseline grid in Illustrator cc?

What are the benefits be of using a baseline grid in Illustrator for a limited amount of text?
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Automatically create bold-italic from italic font

Google Chrome has a nice feature - it can create bold-italic letters on the fly from italic letters (in case a font has italic style but does not have bold-italic). The result looks good enough: ...
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How can I recreate this typographical style? What effects/processes should I use?

I have been scrolling through various places on the internet and I've come across this typographic style multiple times, and I can't work out how to do it. Can anyone help??
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Fragmented/broken down Text

I'm wondering how to achieve the effect in this attached image where text is fragmented to various degrees, some to the point of illegibility while elements remain legible. I'm experimenting mainly ...
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Web page top margin when different fonts are in different columns

I have a web page with two columns: The narrow left column is a vertical navigation bar with a small (or ordinary) sized font The main right column contains the content, which has a mix of fonts (e.g....
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How to extrude text from centre in Illustrator? [duplicate]

Hi does anyone know how to create a text effect like the word 'LIVE' in this image in Illustrator? Thanks a lot
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Why is the 'ordinals' option unavailable in Photoshop's Character palette?

It won't let me click this option and I cannot figure out why.
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Text/Font Single Path Illustrator

In basic terms I want to take a font and convert it to a path. You can do this with "Create Outlines" but what I need isn't the path of the font, I need a single path. I looked into it and found ...
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Opentype feature for controlling double- or single-story lowercase “a”?

Is there an Opentype feature that controls whether the lowercase "a" glyph is shown as "single storey" or "double storey"? An article on Fontfont.com describes this feature, but doesn't specify which "...
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Difference between vertical spacing system and baseline grid in digital design

What's the easiest way to explain the difference between vertical spacing system and baseline grid in digital design? By vertical spacing I understand distances between all elements on a web page and ...
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How to make bibliography tailored for non-academic readers?

Perhaps all bibliography styles in research papers are in plain text. The authors are cited first, then the actual titles of the work in citing, then other information. This is because for the ...
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Should headings divide space unequally and be close to the border?

This is a chapter heading of an ebook style of LaTeX, and it divides space unequally. Small phone screen doesn't mean it need to be close to the top border to make the reading flow rushy, does it?
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What font comes close to this? [closed]

I'm hooked on this typography. Any idea if there's a font which comes close to this?
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What word processing tools that can work with complicate text boxing?

I need to mimic the way Messenger boxes each message in bubbles. Word, obviously, is not a tool for this. However, going full-fledged HTML is kind of overkill for me. This is for a research article, ...
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How to format a chat conversation?

How to make a chat conversation really look like a conversation? The final result should be in text, not in image since this conversation is a supplement of a research article, and it should be phone-...
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Cyrillic vs. Roman calligraphy styles

The antecedents of today's Roman and the Cyrillic alphabets diverged nearly three millennia ago and the scripts still have some letters in common. Both are the basis of rich traditions of calligraphy (...
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How to draw attention to lines of text

Background I'm building a breathing and mindfulness application and I have two texts similar to these ones: Breathing in I know I am breathing in Breathing out I know I am breathing out ...
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Cannot use hyphenation properly in InDesign

I work mostly with old Slavonic and old Greek texts where there are plenty of diacritical signs and every time when pasting text from word to InDesign, I have some problem with. For example, they are ...
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Cap height and x-height metrics are inaccurate

I've got a font that says its cap height is 195 and x-height 320. These are its metrics: But when rendered in the browser at 100px font size, you can clearly see that the metrics don't apply. There ...
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Is the kerning on my logo correct?

I've been kerning this logo and I'd love input from those well versed on the subject. I'm particularly interested with the space around the "f", but also appreciate any other kerning input or advice. ...
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Fonts licensing [duplicate]

I would love a clear and simple rule of thumb about using fonts for a commercial purpose. Can I use pre installed fonts on my Mac like Arial for body copy. Do you need to buy the font in every ...
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How could letters overlap in manual typesetting?

Generally speaking, ascenders and descenders should not touch each other in the text body. This is self-explanatory as it could lead to text that is difficult to read. However, Erik Spiekermann ...
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How do you decide on a typeface? [closed]

Do you go through all your fonts and choose the best one? Do you find a typeface you like and get variations of it? Do you copy your favorite typeface combination from a cool looking website? Do ...
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Illustrator: weird blobs when using Inconsolata from Google Fonts

Does anyone else get these blobs on the corners of some characters when using the Inconsolata Font in Illustrator? Is this intentional to make the ends of the characters look more flared? It's fine at ...
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How would one achive this black and white glitch-ish text effect in photoshop or illustrator?

I've been trying to achieve this black and white distorted text effect behind the green SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26th letters with no succes. I'm specifically struggling trying to duplicate the letters in ...
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Why isnt my font options dropping down when I click a text

I am using Adobe Illustrator 2017 and when I use my selection tool to click text I dont see the font name come up near where the character and paragraph buttons normally are. The only way I can see ...
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How can I specify tracking in a logo file I deliver to the customer?

I have made a logo in Illustrator and now I want to deliver it to our client. But I also want to send him a little logo guide and for that, I want to specify the tracking of the letters. A "-25" is in ...
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Rotating rendered text - maintain baseline?

I'm using Photoshop CS6 (still). I'm by no means an expert, as most of my work is just pulling stuff out of PSDs for websites and some light photo editing. For fun, I was attempting to fake a sign ...
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InDesign: How to align text on inside panel of trifold brochure?

I know how to do it technically, but I am wondering aesthetically if the inside right panel of a trifold brochure should have the text right aligned so it goes with the edge of the page, or if I ...
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FontLab Studio - Line Height on Font Weight Alternative

I am using FontLab Studio - I have two font files - a normal and a bold alternative. Here are the two fonts side-by-side: When I export the normal and install it it looks just like i want it to - ...
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Where can I create and publish a font?

I appreciate good and professional typefaces, but always think that I can improve or customize them for my needs. But where can I design and possibly publish my fonts online?
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Free font for block-serif Hebrew?

I’m developing a reference web site, to help English speakers learn the Hebrew alphabet. I’ve used character escapes for all the Hebrew letters, but they render in the block sans-serif style. I wish ...
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DAVID JONES logo. Serif or Slab-serif?

I'm trying to accurately work out the font category for the "DAVID JONES" logo. Would it be considered a Serif or Slab-serif font and why? Thanks:)
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Is font hinting still relevant?

I've been Googling articles on the relevance of hinting, but most of the ones I've read are dated back to 2011 at best and the nineties at worst, which could mean they're outdated. Is hinting still ...
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Which fonts profit from double line spacing?

When writing academic papers, whether the paper is to be read on screen or in print, a font size of 10 to 12 pt at double line spacing is a common request. When printed, white copy paper (A4 or US ...
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How do typefaces become taboo?

I'm watching a live Adobe UX design webinar right now and they're taking community submissions. One of the submissions used Lobster for their title typeface and the presenters froze, zoomed in on it ...
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font with lowercase e when the font is uppercase

's the text written in the font I'm looking for. I really need that font but could not find it anywhere. I tried online font indentifiers but they all failed. And 's the appropriately skewed and ...
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Fonts to be used on a catalogue [closed]

Is it safe to use any font (like Futura/Circular/Univers) on a catalogue that is going to be used only in a digital format (like an ebook) and also that is going to be sent in an EDM? I am doing it in ...
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Warping text into a 3D donut shape.

Hello all, I've recently come across a very cool logo/ typography on Pinterest. I'm trying to replicate it with my own text. I've found a few helpful tutorials on using Extrude & Bevel, as well ...
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What is the name for the kind of abbreviation that employs an underlined superscript to the terminal characters?

Sometimes abbreviations are made by placing the terminal characters in superscript and underlining them, as in "1st," "Mc," and "No" (see examples below). What is this process called, and what is a ...
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Text columns in Sketch

Is it possible to set text in columns like you can in InDesign? I can't find anything online about this.
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Convert OpenType font to TrueType with tabular number spacing

Is there a way to convert an OpenType font to TrueType using tabular number spacing instead of the default/proportional. The online converters I have found do not have these options.
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Use fixed width number set in font

Our branding has recently changed to use the Hind font. How can the fixed width numbers be used in applications like Excel?