Aldine Expanded Tuscan Inline

OhGeronimo's picture

Hello All
I've been designing a Mono-line Tuscan version of Aldine Expanded.
Here is the link to a larger image:

I've done my drawings and I've run into some technical hurdles beyond my knowledge. If I can guess correctly, I have some horrible hinting nightmares ahead of me. I want to believe I don't. The image below is what it looks like at post script size 72 pt.
Screen shot 2012-07-21 at 8.12.39 PM

Here is the same font seen through the preview panel of Fontlab.
Screen shot 2012-07-21 at 8.18.55 PM

This is what shows up when you access the hinting window.
Screen shot 2012-07-21 at 8.21.20 PM

Is this a matter of using the dark arts of font hinting? Thank you for your help. Also, does there exist literature on hinting?

A handshake in thought.

paul d hunt's picture

To what small size do you want your font to be usable?

dberlow's picture

I love what you show so far, but I'm with Mr. Hunt on hinting, or if you are worried about how it will perform and appear small on screen, maybe make a "solid" version too.

OhGeronimo's picture

Thank you dberlow. Right now it is only acceptable at size is 256 pt. I would like it to work better down to size 72 pt. The preview panel on fonlab does a better job of rendering the font.

OhGeronimo's picture

Could you elaborate on the meaning of a solid version? Does that refer to a single usable size?

riccard0's picture

the meaning of a solid version?

A non-inline one.

OhGeronimo's picture

Haha, yes there is one of those too without bifurcations and with bifurcations. I want the inline to work better.

oldnick's picture

Hey: all I know is, when I get to bifurcating too much, the neighbors call the cops.

Also, hey: what you got so far looks good but, if it only works at 256 point, you are not going to get a lot of sales. Which, of course, is only important if eating on a regular basis is important. You gotta prioritize.

Take the same approach and make it work at 72pt, and you got a sure winner…which, in my experience, is a hell of a lot better than a sure loser. But, that's just me…

OhGeronimo's picture

Old Nick I think you just clued me in into something extremely important. Thank you.

hrant's picture

In fact you could turn this problem into profit: instead of spending the effort hinting this up the wazoo for ideal performance at any size, make different cuts for different sizes, and charge for each cut separately (with some bundle pricing too though). And you should be able to reduce the required effort greatly via interpolation.


OhGeronimo's picture

I've solved my problem. Thank you all for your help. I like the entrepreneurial advice hrant.

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