Problem visualizing and printing thin font

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Manuel Corradine's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2007 - 8:23pm
Problem visualizing and printing thin font
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Hello,

I'm designing a font family of nine weights and when I try it on MS Word here comes the problem. I know MS Word isn't the best typographic program but there are some people that use it and deserve quality on fonts.
The problem happen only in the thinnest style and consist in the following:

As you can see in small sizes the MS Word expand the character shapes and the real proportions aren't showed.

If anybody can help me I apreciate it very much.

Thank you in advance,

Manuel

Manuel Corradine's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2007 - 8:23pm
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Notice: The font works fine in Illustrator, Corel Draw...!

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Did you hint your fonts? What program did you build the font in?

Manuel Corradine's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2007 - 8:23pm
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I use FontLab, and I run autohint. But if the problem is the hinting why the font works fine in the other programs?

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Make sure the weight value is not lower than 250 (first panel in FontLab’s Font Info dialog if that’s what you’re using).

Manuel Corradine's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2007 - 8:23pm
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Mark, I'll try this.

Thank you

Manuel Corradine's picture
Joined: 30 Aug 2007 - 8:23pm
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It works!

You are the boss Mark! Many thanks.

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Windows automatically adds fake bold to any font with a weight value less than 250, apparently to prevent… oh, who cares. That’s just what it does, making values below 250 useless. Graphics apps tend to use their own font rendering system, so are not affected.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Mark, good to know! Thanks.

hhp

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There are also several font style plugins to use and they are perfect for printing. This site http://www.digiteksf.com/corporate-solutions/ uses several MS Word font style than any other editing platform.

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Everything after May 2013 in this thread is comment spam, and not all recent. Hello?

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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Must be that "thin" in the title...

hhp

Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am
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So Windows fake-boldens really light fonts out of sheer bloody randomness? As good an explanation as any for that jackassery.

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Thomas Phinney, when he was at Adobe, provided some explanation for it in an old Typophile post: http://typophile.com/node/9530

There is a reason, but the reason is stupid.