FONT TIPS

 

Here are some great tips for getting the most out of your fonts.

Accessing Special Characters
How to create accented vowels, ligatures, punctuation symbols, mathematical/Greek symbols, monetary symbols, copyright symbols, isolated accents, and other symbols on your keyboard. 

Adobe Typeface Classifications
Learn about Blackletter, Decorative and Display, Ornamental, Sans Serif, Script, Serif, Slab Serif, and Transitional typefaces.

Avant Garde
The pros and cons of using the Avant Garde font for different purposes.

Back to Typographic Basics 
Too much of the signage and printed matter that we read is riddled with mistakes like these.

Big Guns
Fonts that get bigger and smaller at the same time.

Buried Treasures of Typography
This .pdf article is a style guide filled with suggestions regarding: apostrophes, capitals, dashes, dimension, drop caps, elevated caps, ellipsis, fractions, figures, hyphenation, justification, indents, footnotes, italics, parentheses, periods, brackets, superscripts, tables, quotations, extracts, and word spacing, as well as an expert font guide. 

Build Your Own Font Starter Kit
Here are some guidelines that will help narrow down your solution and give you good flexibility in design options.

Choosing Fonts
How to choose fonts that work for your particular project, and how to know when they don't work.

ClearType FAQ
ClearType is a software technology developed by Microsoft that improves the readability of text on existing LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays), such as laptop screens, Pocket PC screens and flat panel monitors.

Copying Your Fonts For Your Service Bureau
Here's how one printer recommends copying your fonts so that your printer will have the exact version and style of the fonts you want to use. Instructions for PC and Mac.

Decorative Fonts Defined
These fonts are used primarily for headlines and other display uses because they are difficult to read when used at a small size.

Diacriticals - Accent Marks
Tips for using those squiggly little accent marks, including keystrokes for Mac and PC users, language-specific usages, and various designing tips.

Differences Between PS and TT Fonts
Both are popular font formats, but which should you use? And why?

Dumb Quotes vs Smart Quotes
One of the most irritating typographic faux pas is the use of straight quotation marks (also called “dumb” quotes) instead of true typographic quotation marks (“smart” or “curly” quotes).

Expert Typography
An expert set typeface is typically a large collection of individual fonts that work together to create a large, extended family of faces with special features.

Font Overload
Did you know you should keep the number of installed fonts below 400? That way, your system and programs will start faster and run smoother. This doesn't mean you have to give up all your favorite fonts though. Here are a few things you can do to have the best of both worlds.

Font Sizes
Why is one font at 28 point not the same size as a different font at 28 point?

Font Tips
A long list of basic do's and don'ts for working with and managing fonts on your PC and Mac computers.

Embedding Fonts In Documents
Occasionally when you open a document created on a different computer, you find that the formatting is all messed up and that the fonts have changed. It was probably created using fonts that are not present on your computer. Here's the solution to document portability.

EPS Files, Fonts, and Colors
In desktop publishing, when you place type in an EPS file the same fonts must be installed on the computer that will be opening the file as the one where the file was created or else the fonts won't display or print as you intended.

Evolution of Type
From pictograms to pixel fonts, written language has evolved over time, changing in response to communication methods and printing technology. 

Font Problems
If one thing is going to cause a file to fail, it is fonts. Here are a couple of common mistakes you might want to be aware of when you prepare a file.

Font Styling
Why font styling (bold, italic, etc.) isn't a good idea.

Font Substitution
What you see and what you get may not be what you asked for, at least when it comes to fonts. Here's the dark side of font substitution.

Font Tips
A number of great tips for working with fonts, including how to find your font files and understanding various licensing issues.

Font Tips For Your Service Bureau
How you and your printer can prevent headaches when your material goes to press.

Fractions
Fractions appear fairly often in copy, but how - exactly - should they appear?

Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a growing list of questions and answers regarding fonts.

History of Sans Serif
It is amazing that the simple idea of dropping serifs at the ends of strokes didn't occur to the great many typographers who experimented with their shapes and sizes so much.

History of Serif
New, humanist writings required creating a new type of fonts---more secular, more legible, and more elegant. 

History of TrueType Fonts
The TrueType digital font format was originally designed by Apple Computer, Inc. It was a means of avoiding per-font royalty payments to the owners of other font technologies, and a solution to some of the technical limitations of Adobe's Type 1 format. 

How To Download Fonts From The Web
Here are the basic instructions for downloading fonts from the Internet directly to your computer.

How To Install PS Fonts With ATM For Windows 
In order to use PostScript Type 1 fonts in your word processor or other programs you must install them using Adobe Type Manager (ATM) if running Windows. Here's how.

Hybrid Fonts
The typographic blending of tradition and technology.

Identifying Fonts You Haven't Met Before
Learn how to identify fonts without even turning on the computer.

InDesign and OpenType Fonts
The InDesign program shows off some capabilities of the OpenType format.

Industrial-Standard Typefaces 
Can the typefaces we see around us on highway signs be turned into usable fonts for general use? Sometimes.

Initial Letters
An initial letter (or initial cap) is an enlarged letter that is used as the first character of a paragraph. It can sit above, below, to the left of, or even behind the body text, and can be set in a contrasting weight, style or color.

Italic vs Tilted
very often when you use the keyboard shortcut or button in your software to make selected text italic, you are not getting the true-drawn face--you are often getting a tilted face.

Jagged Font Problems
What to do when someone has the same typefaces as you, but theirs look much better than yours do. 

Kerning And Tracking
These two terms are related and are frequently confused. Both refer to the adjustment of space between characters of type. 

Kerning: Why You Should Do It
The importance of space between letter pairs.

Logo Types
Search this database of more than 5,000 different worldwide logos.

Lookalike Font List
Which fonts look most alike? What's a good substitute if you can't find a particular font?

Mac Fonts - Understanding What's Where
Learn about your fonts and where they're stored on the Mac. Also discusses differences between TT and PS fonts.

Managing Fonts on the Mac 
Go inside the world of fonts and folders, serifs and suitcases. 

Managing Fonts With ATM and Suitcase
This .pdf article provides the inside scoop on how to manage the fonts on your Macintosh computer.

Managing Your Fonts
Here's a great step-by-step tutorial for managing your fonts. You'll know exactly where your fonts live, how to browse them, and how to install them properly.

Matching Fonts
Your single concern should be about a good match between the style, semantics, and intended impact of your text and corresponding properties of the typeface it uses. 

Mixing & Matching Typefaces
Here's how to choose different typefaces that work well together on the same page.

Modern Fonts Defined
This typeface started around the time of the industrial revolution and were designed primarily for display uses. 

Official Typeface of the New Millennium
Here's the font most likely to hold its own as the best font of the millennium.

Oldstyle Fonts Defined
The oldest classification and dates back to the earliest days of printing. 

Oldstyle Figures
Consider using oldstyle figures as a style of numeral which approximate lowercase letterforms by having an x-height and varying ascenders and descenders. 

Oldstyle Font Tips
Oldstyle figures just never seem to be out of style.

OpenType FAQ
This font format is a superset of the existing TrueType and Type 1 formats, which is designed to provide great support for type in print and on-screen.

OpenType Ushers in New Era of Typography 
OpenType is a new font format that promises to bring creative professionals the best of all possible typographic worlds. Not only does it bridge the technical gap between PostScript and TrueType, it also resurrects design elegance. 

Picas and Points
If your work involves complex, multi-page designs such as books, magazines, newspapers, or newsletters, working in picas and points can be a real timesaver. 

Point Sizes
What’s the point of a point system in which 24 points doesn’t always equal 24 points? It’s not pointless, but it does require some explanation.

Points and Picas
Tips for understanding and comparing these two methods of measurement.

Porting Fonts Across Platforms
A tutorial describing how to port fonts across platforms, including a description of the differences between Mac and PC fonts.

PostScript Tips
These .pdf articles provide tips for serious desktop and design professionals.

Readability vs Legibility
Typographic clarity comes in two flavors: legibility and readability. What’s the difference?

Sans Serif Fonts Defined
These fonts have been around since the 1800s and differ from their predecessors in that there are no serifs (sans) attached to the characters.

Script Fonts Defined
These fonts imitate script handwriting and are commonly used for invitations. 

Script (Handwriting) Fonts
Typefaces that mimic cursive handwriting or fonts made from actual handwriting samples give a special tone to printed documents.

Sending Fonts To Your Service Bureau
How to include the right fonts with your files.

Slab Serif Fonts Defined
These fonts are less aesthetic than their predecessor styles.

Slab Serifs' Strengths
The great advantage of slab serifs is their lack of thin strokes, tiny serifs, or delicate curves.

Small Caps
Small caps are available for a select number of typefaces and allow you to bring distinction and sophistication to your work.

Smooth Fonts in Microsoft Windows
Explains how font smoothing works and why it helps. 

Spacing and Kerning
This two-part article discusses the value of spacing and kerning between characters.

Special Characters
Get at those goodies hidden inside your fonts.

Tame Your Fonts
Tackling font management at the workgroup level. 

TrueType and PostScript: What's the Difference?
Here's a brief history of how the two came to be, as well as some technical difficulties associated with each, as well as industry standards.

Type Dictionary
A listing of important type terms and their meanings.

Type Size
Picas and points for measuring type and setting text.

Type Trends
Some people still use typefaces that are outdated, overused, and create a low-quality, unsophisticated impression. While they were great faces in their day, using them today is like wearing a beehive hairdo.

Typeface Anatomy
Here are six of the elements that help characterize a given typeface.

Typefaces That Work Together
There's simply no reason to use two serifs or two sans together -- it inevitably looks sloppy. 

Typewriter Fonts
Why would you want it to look like a typewriter?

Uncial Calligraphy
Uncial (pronounced un:shel) is a term applied to a calligraphic style based on ancient lettering, and is often considered the most expressive calligraphy. Discover the history and revival of the world's first lowercases.

What Font Is This?
How to be a font detective.

When To Use Which Font
How to take the following into consideration when determining which font to use: the type of message, readability, and graphic design factors.

Windows Fonts
Here's a list of all the fonts that Windows needs to operate, therefore they should never be deleted from your system.