625Re: Ink traps and such
- Jun 3, 2002--- In PPLetterpress@y..., "bielerpr" <bieler@w...> wrote:
> I have been discussing with a type designer the possibilityInk traps are considered by many to be superfluous,
> of incorporating ink traps into digital type designs.
while others (including some of the most respected
names in the field) incorporate it regularly into their
work, especially their text fonts. The problem is that
it's always done by "eyeballing", which is a shame con-
sidering it's a task requiring very little creativity.
Many superb designs (like the inimitable Rialto with its
special trapped version, Pressa) seem to have trapping that
could generously be called "inconstant"... And this is most
probably due to the simple human limitations of eyeballing.
There are different constructions for traps, but the
principal one I've tried to "quantify" into a method
which can be applied with consistency and speed.
Here is the "first installment" explaining my method:
The Flower could even be automated into a FontLab script,
allowing the trapping of an entire font in seconds which
in turn opens the door to iterative fine-tuning.
What I would very much like to learn is how ink gain
works in real life, in order to refine (or possibly
discard :-) this trapping method.
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