Setting type in Greek

mantz's picture

I would like to set texts in Greek, but, as a Canadian using an english keyboard and english programs, how would I go about doing it?

I don't mind buying greek fonts. It is more about how to set them efficently.

Would anyone know where to start?

Thanks,
Robert

paul d hunt's picture

first off: mac or pc?

Thomas Phinney's picture

Activate a Greek keyboard at the OS level, for starters. Use Unicode-savvy applications.

mantz's picture

Thanks Thomas, that's exactly what I needed to know.

By the way, I am a mac user.

If anyone can point me in the direction of a good (the best?) open type greek font foundry, that would make my week!

- Robert

Si_Daniels's picture

My vote would be for Adobe - any of the most recent OT releases (eg Garamond Mega Super Pro Premier Plus XXX) would have been extensively reviewed by a Greek typographic expert (ie Gerry Leonidas).

John Hudson's picture

Are you wanting to set polytonic or monotonic Greek text? If polytonic, you have fewer font options, although you can expect this to improve in future: type companies are gradually realising that the demand for polytonic Greek types is still very much there, and even increasing, despite the fact that the official orthography in Greece has been monotonic since 1982.

I recommend Adobes Garamond Premiere Pro as your best first investment.

Early next year, the Society of Biblical Literature will be releasing SBL Greek as a free download from their Font Foundation website.

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