Help! - trying to approximate Helvetica Neue Rounded Light

Mark Palm's picture

Hello, I'm having a frustrating font problem that perhaps someone here could help with. I created some text in Photoshop using Helvetica Neue Ultralight. Then I added a faux bold to it which made it look very similar to Neue Light. However, for some reason the faux bold also added a rounded appearance to the text which I really like. You can see the text here: www.moderncharms.blogspot.com it's the "MODERN CHARMS" at the top of the page. Now I'm working on a print layout and I want the text to look like this, but I can't use text from photoshop because it is not a vector program so the text will not look sharp when printed. I can't even convert this text into shapes in photoshop because the program refuses to convert anything to shape that utilizes a faux bold. So i figured I would just purchase the font Helvetica Neue Rounded Light, but it turns out there is no such thing. So I'm trying to find a good alternative. I considered Arial Rounded Light, but the capital 'R' is quite different which I don't like and since it occurs twice in "MODERN CHARMS" I'm hoping not to have to use this font. If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations I would greatly appreciate them.

Mark

hrant's picture

If all you need is "MODERN CHARMS" just render the text in Helvetica Neue Ultralight using Illustrator and modify the outlines (or scan, trace and clean up a rendering/printout of the bold/rounded version). If you want an actual font you would ideally open Helvetica Neue Ultralight in a font editor (like FontLab) and make a new font that's just how you like it. However I think Linotype's EULA forbids modification, at least not without permission. Personally I actually don't mind people violating such a "no-mod" clause, as long as they make sure the derivative font doesn't get distributed; and if does get distributed and they get caught, they need to pay for the consequences. So: taking personal risks, and accepting the associated responsibilities.

hhp

Mark Palm's picture

Thanks for the advice. There is going to be a great deal of text in the project I'm working on so just modifying the outlines of "MODERN CHARMS' won't really solve the problem, but using a font editor to create an entire alphabet is a great idea. I will look into FontLab right away.

hrant's picture

And if you find font editing to be too tedious or treacherous, that's what type designers are for. :-) There are quite a number of Typophile regulars who could do the job for you* including yours truly: hpapazian at gmail dot com.

* After getting permission from Linotype, since it would necessarily involve "distribution".

hhp

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