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Does anyone have any advice on hinting "distressed" glyphs? That is to say: the horizontal and vertical stems are inconsistent in width, and not necessarily horizontal or vertical.
I have seen advice that one should hardly ever apply hints to a script font because hints can decrease the quality of these fonts and make them look worse - would that also apply to one that is "distressed"?
Some inconsistency is actually desirable; I am trying to replicate the "slightly over-inked, decayed Caslon typeface on dampened paper" look common in revolutionary-era colonial America (mid- to late 1700's).
To hint, or not to hint- That is the question.
An example of the font in question follows, screen-captured from FontLab's metrics window. Below the posted image is a link to a higher resolution copy so you can get a closer look, if desired: