Getting to Know Font Families

Each font family represents a complete set of characters, letters, and symbols for a particular typeface. Font families are generally divided into three categories: serif, sans serif, and symbol. Characters in serif fonts have a tail, or stroke, at the end of some characters. These tails make it easier for the eye to recognize words. For this reason, serif fonts are generally used in text passages. Sans serif fonts do not have tails and are commonly used in headlines.

Symbol fonts are used to display unique characters (such as $, or ™). Table 1 lists commonly used serif and sans serif fonts. After you select the Horizontal Type Tool, you can change font families using the options bar.

Measuring Type Size

The size of each character within a font is measured in points. PostScript, a programming language that optimizes printed text and graphics, was introduced by Adobe in 1985. In PostScript measurement, one inch is equivalent to 72 points or six picas. Therefore, one pica is equivalent to 12 points. In traditional measurement, one inch is equivalent to 72.27 points. The default Photoshop type size is 12 points. In Photoshop, you have the option of using PostScript or traditional character measurement.

Acquiring Fonts

Your computer probably has many fonts installed on it, but no matter how many fonts you have, you probably can use more. Fonts can be purchased from private companies, individual designers, computer stores, catalog companies, on CD-ROM or over the Internet. Using your browser and your favorite search engine, you can locate Web sites that let you purchase or download fonts. Many Web sites offer specialty fonts, such as the Web site shown in Figure 1. Other Web sites offer these fonts free of charge or for a nominal fee.

TABLE 1: Commonly Used Serif and Sans Serif Fonts

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Lucida Handwriting

Adobe

Arial

Adobe

Photoshop

Photoshop

Rockwell

Adobe

Bauhaus

Adobe

Photoshop

Photoshop

Times New Roman

Adobe

Century Gothic

Adobe

Photoshop

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