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Why is lowercase "L" usually higher than capital "I"?

The difference isn't anything specifically to do with a lower case "L" and capital "i", but all captials and ascenders. The short answer is they align to different metrics. There is a "Cap height" ...
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Is there an auto-trace tool/feature in a vector application other than Illustrator

Inkscape is a free and open source "professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux", and has a "Trace Bitmap" feature that should do what you need. Inkscape tutorial: Tracing ...
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What are the gaps in a stencil called?

That part is called the bridge. It connects areas that are cut out or sometimes called an island. The bridges are a thin piece of material that wouldn't be cut out.
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Recreate rough, handmade style strokes to vectorized lettering

Well, if I wanted the best of both worlds, vector and raster, I'd use both Illustrator and Photoshop. First to roughen your outlines in Illustrator. Select your text, and in the appearance panel, ...
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How to recreate The Muppet Show logo in Illustrator?

Create each word as a separate text object with the stroke set to black, and fill set to white Using Object > Envelope > Make with Mesh, apply a simple 1 column, 1 row mesh warp to each word, and ...
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How do I edit existing text in a design I created in Gimp

If the text is blurry/pixelated when you resize it bigger, then the text has been rasterized, and is no longer editable text. Rescaling text using the scale tool will rasterize the text, and so too ...
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Can I use the uppercase Sigma Σ instead of E in a brand mark?

Yes you can. The Greek alphabet is merely an alphabet. Using a drawing which is representative of the Sigma glyph is no different than using a drawing representing the E glyph from a Latin alphabet ...
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Create flair around fonts without pen tablet?

You do not actually need a tablet for this at all. You can do this with the pen tool. In fact for the first specimen i wouldn't use the tablet even if i have one, wouldn't even consider it. For the ...
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Letter Overlap Issue Adobe Illustrator

Remove the stroke from the objects. Group the objects (letters). Use the Appearance Panel to add a stroke to the group. Move the stroke below the Contents item in the Appearance Panel. If the text ...
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Can you read this logo as "D" in negative space?

I'd put a reversed arrow in the center, to represent the normally empty gap inside the D. It might help people visualize it. Not sure if it'd look as good though, but it's worth a try.
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Letter Overlap Issue Adobe Illustrator

The best way to keep formatting and using it as text is use the Appearance panel shift + f6. You can select your object (the group of text, not with the Type Tool) and open the appearance panel. In ...
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1922 Cartography Lettering

The serif could be replaced by Copper Bowles, Copperplate hand or Adorn Copperplate The sans is trickier, but something like Revelstoke, Prequel or Davish
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Trying to add two handles to an anchor point,but only one will appear, help! (Vectorizing lettering)

I had an anchor point with just one handle and needed to add another. Found this on Google. Here's what worked for me: Switch to the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) Click the existing point you need to ...
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How to curve the tops or bottoms of texts like this?

That looks like manual vector node editing to me - in the Affinity tools, you could start with a new Affinity Designer file, set up your typography minus the warp, alt / option-drag to make a copy of ...
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Why does the comics font look like it looks like?

From a technical standpoint the font looks like it does because back in the day comics' text balloons were "speedballed" with, you guessed it, Speedball pens, which were THE standard for quick, ...
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How do I go about creating 'spurs' in illustrator

Draw half the shape with the Pen Tool, copy it, and reflect it, and group both together. Then copy and paste this wherever you need it. Example
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Umbrella term for typography, lettering, calligraphy

The word you're looking for is typography. Typography encompasses everything you've listed - lettering, calligraphy, unique design of glyphs within a typeface, or merely how type is used in a layout/...
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(Hypothetical?) character: Vertically stacked apostrophe and comma?

The sign you probably should use is the з, used in Ancient Egyptian to represent the ‘vulture or double ›aleph’, which is often printed as two commas on top of each other.
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Trying to add two handles to an anchor point,but only one will appear, help! (Vectorizing lettering)

Just holding the Option/Alt key with the Pen Tool and clicking an anchor should temporarily switch to the Convert Anchor Point Tool and drag out two equal smooth points from an anchor. Are you using ...
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1922 Cartography Lettering

The larger, serifed hand is definitely someone's hand-lettered version of a Copperplate (and very nicely rendered at that) and the sans serif looks like an italic variation of one of the bauhaus style ...
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Typeface Identification

This is standard architectural lettering for the period. I was trained in lettering when I learned manual draughting years ago: first, you draw baseline and topline construction lines, using either a ...
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Unwanted shape in logo

Like @BillyKerr I never would have seen "a guy pointing to something". Even after you mentioning it, I, personally, still think it's a bit of a stretch. Different people can see all sorts of ...
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Opposite of SmallCaps?

I don't think there is a typographic term for this. You're right that some characters are effectively the same as upper- and lower-case, such as C or U, while others are radically different, such as G ...
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Opposite of SmallCaps?

The opposite of small caps is just "lowercase". In some instances "unicase" may be appropriate if only one glyph for a character exists. (....and for the record it's not merely "aunt" which reads ...
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