Fattening up Centaur: Is this the solution?

Palatine's picture

There was a post here a while ago by a member (my apologies, but the name escapes me) who had an interesting idea:

Throw our current Bembo or Centaur into Fontlab and apply some vertical and horizontal bold effect in order to fatten up these otherwise sad victims of digitization. I tried that with the Cetnaur we have now, and it looks and reads much better.

I applied a 5-horizontal, 5-vertical bold effect, nothing else changed. My question is: Even though what I did looks good, what would the more experienced users/designers recommend? A little more bold? A little less? And finally, is doing this a good idea? It Seems a bit blasphemous, but effective all the same. Could this be the solution - all that is needed to "fix" Centaur, Bembo, and other unfortunates? Or is my inexperience getting the better of me?

George Horton's picture

The unfortunates would still need to be used at approximately the size of the pattern digitised (12 pt for Centaur, 9 pt for Bembo), and bad kernings can need repair. I used 2x2 and 3x3 emboldenings for Centaur, but I'm certainly not an experienced designer.

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