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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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Is there a rule for line-breaking a name designation?

I've searched, but to no avail. Is there a rule (or what is your opinion) on line-breaking a person's designations? Sometimes client's have many designations which extends the line making it very ...
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Sans-serif fonts for body text [duplicate]

Which sans-serif fonts are best suited for body text? Currently I think about Gill Sans, Proxima Nova or Frutiger, but since I'm not full-stack graphic designer or typographer, I'm not sure in my ...
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how do i change the color of typeface on photoshop?

i used masking + Gaussian blur + curves on my typeface on photoshop after all, i wanted to change the color of typeface by clicking the letters using magic wand, but the shape of letter is ...
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How do people create visual designs for text documents (such as ICO whitepapers and investment prospectuses), and what software do they use?

By "design", I mean this sort of minimalist visual formatting that uses accent elements and negative space to focus specific pieces of text, not infographics (which are a different topic): https://...
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How do I create a water ripple (distorted) effect on text?

How would I create text with this type of effect in either Photoshop or Illustrator?
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Helvetica: trailing leg in lowercase “a”

Why sometimes I find Helvetica with the letter "a" with the right leg straight and other times I find it with the right leg turned to the right: Letter "a" with right leg straight: Letter "a" with ...
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How to recreate typography in Old Bollywood posters?

Can someone help me to create text in Photoshop that is similar to the sort of text that is in this old Bollywood movie's poster. It looks like text in the gap between the arcs of a hyperbola. Also ...
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Anybody knows how to achieve this effect?

I tried the deformed circle to intercept but find it very complicated. Anybody knows how to achieve this?
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How does this font pair with this logo? Specifically its curves/softness?

I'm looking for some feedback on the typography of this logo. Specifically, assuming the logo itself stays the same, how does the font choice and typography pair with it? e.g. Are the E's too sharp, ...
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The lesser of two evils: Choice between a too long line and a too short line?

If I cannot avoid having a line that deviates in length from other lines in a document: should I choose a slightly shorter line or a slightly longer line? In this example, the first line of footnote ...
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What's the term of what I need to fix here - Umlaut dots missing at 80% zoom?

In my font, the Umlaut character is broken when viewing at 80% zoom in Word. It displays like U but is in fact Ü: I'm now looking for the correct term of what needs to be fixed. First I thought ...
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Photoshop not recognizing ligatures in Baskerville

Baskerville supports ligatures, as you can see in this screenshot from Word: However, in Photoshop, the ligature options are greyed out when using Baskerville: I can get the ligature to display by ...
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Type Ratio Formula

Is there a set ratio to harmonious type, Header, Subheader and body.. say if you body was 9pt, then subheader would be 12 pt header 14/16pt? Os this done how i normally do it by eye untill it looks ...
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Which font to use for making editable PDF forms?

I'm recently re-doing a couple of company forms. These used to be just regular PDFs, which would have to be printed and then filled out. With the move to a more paper-less office environment, I was ...
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How to Color The In-between Areas Of Shapes in Illustrator?

I see this very cool typographic arts and I really want to make something like that. I tried making one that is identical, everything is good except for one thing; I can not achieve the same effect as ...
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export document as a JPEG on Illustrator with very high quality for typography print

I'm no genius at all of this mumbo- jumbo as you can probably already tell. Basically I need to save an a3 size poster off Illustrator but it's not giving me a very good quality image (I'm trying to ...
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How to identify fonts from images/scans

I'm currently doing a design course and have been tasked with recreating a typographic piece including the fonts. What is the best method for identifying fonts? I have tried the online 'questionnaire'...
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What is the standard proportion of a font's descent?

Is there a standard descent that fonts use as a proportion of their font height? It seems like their is as if you use multiple common fonts in the same sentence, all of their baselines appear to ...
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Formatting: left aligned vs. justified body text?

I'm currently writing a business report and set up a single column design with many diagrams of varying sizes throughout the document. I was wondering, which alignment is most appropriate, and why? ...
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How can a novice designer further their culture of typography?

In my teaching I've encountered a problem that is recurring among new students. They often aren't aware of when fonts were created, if they are overused (Brush Script, Comic Sans MS, Papyrus...) but ...
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Is monospacing URLs in academic papers still advised?

When papers are written in the academic world, URLs are often set in monospace. The reason for this seems to be historic and is described in this Q&A at TexSE. It may be summarized as a leftover ...
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Different font thickness between InDesign and Word

I'm currently work on text, which intented to be read on screen. For that reason, body text should be quite large, 15-16 points. I use both InDesign CS6 and Word 2016 for this project. As I ...
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Does anyone know what happened to moorstation.org? the 90s type foundry

Does anyone know what the status is of moorstation.org's type collection? There were probably hundreds of typefaces designed in the 90s on that site. It's been down for at least a month (HTTP Error ...
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How to correctly choose protrusion for letters and hanging punctuation?

A small preamble: (mostly technical, can be skipped) I am a mathematician and prepare my documents with LaTeX. The documents made in LaTeX usually have very distinctive look because of the CM font (I ...
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How to find out fonts' native word space?

I need to set up average word space of M/4 in InDesign where M = 10pt. That is equal to 2.5pt. InDesign lets me adjust word spacing in terms of percentage of fonts' native word spacing. However, I ...
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Does Myriad exist Unicode TFF format?

I am trying to display the non-breaking dash with itextpdf. However, it can't not display in normal myriad font. But I really want to use Myraid. Therefore I need to find a version of Myraid that ...
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What is the different between Typography, Typeface, and Type (Not Font)?

I have been seeing people and book authors use the word "Type" for so long now but never really thought about what "Type" actually means when compared to Typography and Typeface. Can anybody please ...
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What methods exist for determining if a font is similar or derivative work?

I've always assumed that the vector outlines contained in a font file are essentially mathematical formulas describing each of those shapes; and that no matter how similar two fonts might appear, the ...
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Should I use 4x or 4✕?

I am editing the text of a medical document. We are describing the function of the heart. METS (metabolic equivalent for task) = the number of calories and the amount of oxygen you consume at rest. ...
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PT Serif alternative with old-style figures and ligatures

I am looking for a free alternative to PT Serif that supports old style number figures, good kerning, and some optional ligatures. I intend to use for personal usage in an academic blog.
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Some good fully-featured OpenType typeface for body text

What are some good serif typefaces for body text which have at least Roman and Italic, and support small caps, old-style figures, ligatures, and super/subscripts? (And which, it goes without saying, ...
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Inconsistent kernings shown in metrics view in FontForge

I am working to modify an existing font (Sacramento, under SIL OFL license), and wish to adjust kernings after having made a few stylistic changes. I thought I had found the proper way to do it (...
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Create a dedicated (small caps) TrueType font from and existing OpenType font

As Powerpoint 2016 does not allow for using dedicated (prettier) OpenType small caps—but instead creates its own poorly spaced alternative—I'd like to create a dedicated (TrueType) small caps version ...
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“based on” vs “metrically compatible”

"Based on" Typefaces are often described as "based on" other typefaces. E.g.: Arial is "based on" Monotype Grotesque; Century Gothic is "based on" Twentieth Century. I understand "based on" to mean ...
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Scale multiple Text layers one point down?

I'm on Photoshop CC 2017. I make a lot of UI design and I have come across this... I want to scale down multiple text layers one point at once. From 22pt to 21pt for example, without having to go to ...
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What do you call the technique of integrating type into an image / background with perspective?

I'm having a really hard time describing this: It's from the GTA IV Title / Intro. I'm talking about the way the text is part of the image in regards to perspective. Some even go so far as to have ...
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Does using shades of off-grey for text improve legibility compared to pure grey?

Most sites use some shade of grey for the color of their text. I was reading an article which suggested using a grey (#373d3f) with the rgb values of (55, 61, 63). My question is whether doing ...
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How to get multiple lines of text to fill a shape?

I want to fill a shape with multiple lines of text. Similar to the example, so the text remains legible and the shape is clearly identifiable. But I need some sort of separation which the example ...
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Typography/Typesetting: Footnotes of footnotes? [closed]

Is it possible (by which I mean »allowed«) to create footnotes within footnotes? I am working on the design of a very intricate scientific publication and this question came up during a discussion of ...
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Typography: treatment of brand names in scientific publication

I am working on the design of a scientific publication. For the job, the lead researcher provided the raw text along with the original PDF of the research paper, as a reference. I am going through his ...
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Name for letter j with 'tick' on the right hand side

I was reading some articles on jacobinmag.com and I noticed that their letter j has a sort of tick or tail on the right hand side at the base. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what this tick is ...
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When is positive/negative tracking too much in a text?

What are best practices when increasing/decreasing tracking in a paragraph to make it look better, whether the paragraph is justified or not? How do you decide when it's overdone?
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Does anybody know to make this layer style.?

Can anyone tell me how can I get the attached text style? What setting I have to do? I want same text style. Same text style but different background and color It would be awesome if someone can tell ...
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Help me find a good font substitute for this handmade print

The image is an old bookplate I have, I wanted to find some fonts similar to the two types of characters here (which I'm 100% sure are hand drawn) but until now my research (used identifont, ...
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How can I fill in 4, 6, 8, 9, 0 etc with writing without it ignoring the center circle?

I'm trying to enter a list of names as text into the shape of an "8", but they won't go around the center holes of the 8, meaning I'm having to try, and failing, to justify it manually. How can I ...
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Where can I find a list of system fonts for current and recent OS's?

I'm considering using a system font stack for a project so that I can display beautiful typography without the performance hit of webfonts. I'm having difficulties finding a conclusive list of fonts ...
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What is this type of (speech bubble text) style called?

Where the text fills every part of the bubble. I know this is most likely a (custom) font stretched and warped to fit in the box. I also know that there's most likely no one easy way to do it. What ...
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What quotation marks to use if quoting other language?

I am writing a thesis in the Swedish language, where convention for quotations is to use right quotes or guillemets: " " or » » But what when I quote e.g. an English source… The Church has always ...
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Why is Bounce (and Tumble) rarely done these days?

In the days of hand lettering and letter presses there was a specific decision given to the Bounce of the text. That is manually tweaking the line height on a per character basis. Excerpt from Letter ...
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Difference between a Font attribute and a Typeface attribute

Background: So, I am getting UI development in Android and as I started reading TextView attributes, I found an attribute called typeface. I then searched the technical differences between a font and ...