Re: Photopolymer-optimization thread
- Back in August,
--- In PPLetterpress@y..., "Justin Howes" <jhowes@j...> wrote:
> There's the sheer pleasure of getting it right
> The other point running through my head is whether the 5 units
> that you might take off a digital font, for use at 12-point,
> should actually be expressed in terms of a physical allowance
> for impression and ink gain, squash, whatever.
Totally. More reason to have different cuts
for different sizes, or ideally a MM scheme.
> For example, -5 units is the equivalent of
> taking off 0.00083 of an inch if you're using
> the type at 12-point.
Huh. It's interesting to note that -back in the 30s- Dwiggins
pointed out that gain was on the order of 1/1000 of an inch...
> My gut feeling is that it wouldn't be worth
> doing anything for sizes over 18-point
Maybe even lower, considering that immersive reading generally
stops at 12 point. On the other hand, the color of a text block
can be "appreciated" outside of immersive reading.
BTW, the ATF boys had a cutoff for stopping their wonderfully
ingenious *optical* (as opposed to ink gain) compensations
(look at the smaller sizes of ATF Garamond for perhaps the
best insight), but that was much higher: 40 point. And it's
very interestingly that this is about where the scope of the
human fovea ends, at typical reading distance.
- From: Gerald Lange
> Hrant's dogged pursuit is raging over at the type-design listNotably sans Hrant... "'I like to watch', he said."
> 18 micron = 0.0007086614 inchThat's so embarassing. And to think that I have a minor
in Math... A micron is 10^-6 *meters*, not centimeters. :-/
This is great news. Dwiggins, Justin, and
now that guy are all in the same ballpark.