Inktrapping

Marcelo Soler's picture

In my previous thread (Beginning with/Besides the "g") I obtained an unsuspected result in shaping an individual character, that obvioulsy influenced the rest of the typeface:


Being the basic structure is almost done, now it's time to make some subtle adjustments.
This is the current uppercase alphabet:

And these are some samples of what I'm starting to do about trap (BTW, thanks to Hrant Papazian's technique guidance):

[I'll post a PDF for best viewing, beyond the lack of hinting]
I'd like to hear some critique, the harder, the better.
Thank you.

Quincunx's picture

Nice, I think they look rather polished. Hrant's trapping technique looks interesting. What kind of diameter circles are those? I'll wait for the PDF to look at it more closely.

Marcelo Soler's picture

Thanks, Jelmar.
What kind of diameter circles are those?
I'll post an explanatory PDF on this, ASAP.

MarS

nina's picture

I think the traps look promising, but to be honest, for me at least it's pretty futile to try and judge inktraps (of all things!) by staring at huge glyphs on a monitor. Hell, I can't even tell if you need traps. So, yup, looking forward to the PDF. :-)

Also, I'd second Jelmar, I'd love some explanation on how exactly you applied Hrant's method!

Marcelo Soler's picture

"...to be honest, for me at least it’s pretty futile to try and judge inktraps (of all things!) by staring at huge glyphs on a monitor."
LOL! It's somehow a "voyeuristical" task, ain't it? Even in hard copies, I tend to think of ink traps more as a shape-for-the-shape-itself (BTW, not necessarily arbitrary) than as a functional unavoidable requirement.

MarS

Quincunx's picture

I agree that it is rather futile to judge inktraps on screen, to judge if you even need them at all. Although I think it's safe to say that you always need some form of optical correction (in the form of inktraps or in other ways). And yes, I think aesthetics also plays a role (shape-for-the-shape-itself).

Looking forward to the PDF about the trapping technique (it's Hrant's technique, so he must be okay with it).

nina's picture

Hey, any update on this? Long time no see.

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