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Charles Hedrick on fonts for laser printers

Charles Hedrick explains on abf: " Bembo is a wonderful font when properly printed. Possibly if you're setting a book it would be a good choice. But for a laser printer it's too light. A better alternative is Bitstream Aldine 401, which is based on the same originals but slightly darker. However the Bitstream version doesn't have small caps or text figures, which you really want. I would be inclined to use a Garamond or perhaps Minion instead. I believe Minion was intended specifically as a replacement for TNR. Of course if you really want flair, Galliard would be a possibility, but I think it's too contrasty for use with a laser printer. In print it's a bit better. My personal favorite is Simoncini Garamond (in the Scangraphic version, because it has SC/OSF). It's light, but it is sufficiently even that this isn't a problem. However it's got too much "character" for most of what I do. At the moment I'm using DTL Documenta as my standard. It's straightforward, good-looking, robust enough for laser printing, and very expensive."

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file name: Bitstream Aldine401


file name: Bitstream Aldine401 Bold


file name: Scangraphic Garamond Simoncini E F 2004


file name: Scangraphic Garamond Simoncini S B Catalog 2004


file name: Scangraphic Garamond Simoncini S B Extra Bold 2004


file name: Scangraphic Garamond Simoncini S B Extra Bold U C 2004







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