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Look at the red below: We do have some good questions on this such as: Difference between kerning vs letter spacing? What is kerning and what is the point of it? The way I would come up with the kerning in this example is to use the given tracking. Example of this here: Do note that the kerning is subjective in nature and is typically ones opinion. ...


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Characters that could be interchanged, indeed, would save money in the days of moveable type. That said, the '1' and 'l' were given spots in the typical job case: When typewriters came along, the mechanics dictates that the fewer characters meant the fewer bars needed, which was a huge benefit giving the limited space. As such, early typewriters omitted a ...


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For us to perceive it as a D, you need something on the left side. It can be a line, an arrow, whatever. Your example up there looks like two arrows because that's what it is - with no other line to trick the brain. However, if something is added to the left side, the human brain automatically connects the dots and fills in the rest. Examples of possible ...


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If you'd like to apply precisely some of these stroke effects on your vector text, I think the best way is to do it manually. The stroke in Illustrator are sometime hard to predict and also very well known... it's easy to recognize them sometimes and you probably don't want to have your text look like it used a default stroke. Here's a way to do it. You ...


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1.Type text , right click on text and select Create Outlines. 2. Apply outside stroke.


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Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen USe a small "Size" setting and increase the "Detail" setting to increase the amount and frequency of variation. You won't get holes and peninsulas like in your sample unless you alter the basic shape to include those.


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A logo doesn't have to overtly represent anything. It's nice when it does, but there's no hard-and-fast rule about it. Do I see a D by default? No. Is that a big deal? I don't know. Only you and your client can answer that. Just a general comment...I find the weight of the arrows too light for the size and color of the box it's in. You may want to beef ...


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I would say it's too light to make a "D". But maybe you can try to make the two arrows larger in order to close the shape on the left and make it look like a real "D". They don't have to touch each other, just be close enough to suggest a left line.


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Type a V Rotate it 180° Apply a gradient overlay.


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Out of curiosity, I looked at the book in question to see if there was colophon information. Some books include the typeface names used. This one did not. Then I did a search for 19th century free ebooks with type specimens and found one called Shniedewend & Lee Co's specimen book and price list of type, Shniedewend & Lee Co, Mackellar, Smiths & ...


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Select the letter and its counter (hole) and choose Object > Compound Path > Make.


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Ok, so it's not an exact solution, but it's definitely easier than drawing in the lines on a font that doesn't already have them. Start with your text Change the color of the text to white (or whatever your design's background color is) and then add an Inner Stroke of the color that you wish the font to be. And there you have it You can also achieve this ...


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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" that all capital letters align to and an "ascender line" that ascenders align to. You can see some basic font metrics, including the difference in cap and ...


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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 bitmaps


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I think you're confusing legibility with readability. A face can be perfectly legible without being comfortable to read in long passages of text. Most display or decorative faces (assuming they're legible in the first place) fall into that category. A good readable text face like Caslon or Garamond, by contrast, isn't always the best choice for instant ...


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Tools are only as good as the user using them. I can do vector drawings with notepad and in quite many ways I have better tools available in notepad than in Illustrator*. Possibly your question could have been better if you could have asked of a specific tool. Possibly, you can do whatever you want. Most of the time though font authoring tools dont have ...


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Here's my typical workflow. I use this for regular families I've sketched out and handwritten type. Scan your sketches and break up the individual characters (and versions of characters) Set-up a template doc to do your vectorizing that will align with your font building tool (there are certain dimensions that will have to line up in the end depending on ...


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This can happen when the type is used at sizes not supported in the hinting. It's essentially a display error. When you print it's gone. Even exporting to PNG or jpeg will fix it in some cases. Other than that, the only fix is more complete hinting.


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Many modern fonts to address this problem. Take Adobe's Source Sans Pro and the example they give: This shows you how people will differentiate the characters (1, I, and l) that tend to be confused. Just before that image in the article, the author noted: For usages where this level of distinction is not required, there is an alternate, simple lowercase ...


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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, click the FX button and click Distort and Transform > Roughen. The idea here is to roughen the outlines just a touch to make them uneven like this: Then save ...


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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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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 distort as you wish by clicking and dragging the mesh handles/bezier curves. Select all, then using Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow, apply a red drop shadow with ...


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To do this well, you'll need to use an typeface designed for the purpose - look for "inline" fonts.


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It would be a snide answer to say "to draw letters distinctly, draw them distinctly," but it points to a truth - letters that look the same do so because someone drew them to be the same. So draw them differently. The challenge, of course, is doing so in such a way that is still legible. You can do something like Wim Crouwel's New Alphabet, but people will ...


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I would say it's too weak to stand on it's own. If you use it in a logo with a word (so the D is incorporated into the word), the D could probably be more visible.


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I sort of fixed it by changing the display method in Photoshop. I had anti aliasing method set to 'crisp' I changed it 'sharp' (or vice versa) and it cleaned it up.


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The cheapest way to do it is with pantone gold. But that is only a avarage way to achieve gold. The real deal is to use «Hot Stamping». A heated die presses the gold-foil onto the stationary. Which results in a realy cool gold effect. The downside of this are the costs because you need a separate die for every size. So if you have two products with two ...


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Obviously you asked about the text "The Muppet Show". You seemingly have another answer which shows thoroughly how to distort ordinary straight text lines in a resembling style. I guess you want an exact replica with all details, but you want to start from ordinary text. It has a red extrusion add-on, which is easily generated with Illustrator's 3D ...


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I have no problem seeing that as a D. Of course; it depends a little on the context, and it would be easier to grasp in its "habitat". @Henrik Ekblom has a good point with using it together with the name, but this is not always needed: it depends on the context you put the logo in. If you are also asking if it is intuitively clear that it represent "...


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I know you've tagged this as an illustrator problem but using Photoshop displacment might also help you. Take the vector shape from Illustrator and copy paste it in a photoshop document as a shape layer... Then right click the layer to rasterize it. then create a new photshop document roughly the same dimensions as your artwork. In this new document go ...


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