Multiple color fonts via overlay

newbieutt's picture

Hey everybody,

Fonts are single-color. Differently colored outlines or filled-in sections (the hole in the capitol 'P', for example) could be created via the use of two fonts, one or both being useless without the other.

Are there any common such font pairs out there that I should know about, or is this something that I would have to request from someone/build myself?

riccard0's picture

There are countless. It depends on the style you need/want.
Just three that comes to my mind: Rosewood, History, Geotica.

newbieutt's picture

That's good to hear! Thanks.

Does the second font share the first font's name? I'm not sure how to look this up exactly.

riccard0's picture

Often it depends on the effect. Rosewood and the like, for example, often use the word “fill” for the “secondary” font. More complex effects call for more creative names.
You could look for “chromatic” as a keyword, but, as I said, it depends on the style you’re looking for.

Té Rowan's picture

Some faces, like Peter Wiegel's Moebius have outlines and fills in the same file; one in upper and the other in lower case.

JamesM's picture

I saw this in a recent mailing from The font is Brownstone Sans.

I'm not sure how the effect is achieved, but my guess is that you set your headline using filled-in characters, then create a duplicate text box on top of it, and then in the upper box you change some of the filled-in characters for alternates that aren't filled in. And you make the upper text box a different color.

HVB's picture

FontMesa has a large number of such fonts.
Cactus Sandwich, GilleClassic, Gold Stndard, HomeStyle.
MainStrike, Mavericks, Mesa Pointe. RedDogSaloon, RioMesa.
RodeoClown, RoughRiders, Saddlery, SaloonGirl, Stampede,
Taqueria, Timepiece, WildRide

Joshua Langman's picture

Madame is a very complex example with multiple layers.

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