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properly weighted small caps and fractions

PROPORTION IS KEY when using small caps and

fractions. Shortcuts to their creation provided by design

software may seem easy, but any comparison of “fake” small

caps or slapped-together fractions with the real thing will

immediately reveal the difference. Properly weighted small

caps are slightly wider and slightly weightier in addition to being shorter; this allows them to exist harmoniously within

the tonal density of the surrounding text. Similarly, properly

weighted (and constructed) fractions are also slightly wider

and slightly weightier, and the spaces on either side of their

slashes are calibrated by the type designer to match the

spacing in text type. and it gives this example


what the hell does this mean?

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  • 9 years ago
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    It means you can't just take a capital letter and shrink it down and call that a smallcap.

    If you just shrink it down the height will go down, like you want. But the lines will become thinner too. True small caps have the same line weights as the capitals.

    Think of it as if you were writing letters with a pen. If you write a large capital letter, then a small capital letter next to it, the line weights will be the same even though the letters are different sizes.

    Source(s): cynicdesign.deviantart.com
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