""Thicken" a font?" Topic
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| Saginaw ||30 Jul 2010 9:02 a.m. PST|
Is there a free program to "thicken" a font, that is, convert a light or medium typeface to bold?
| Doms Decals ||30 Jul 2010 9:38 a.m. PST|
Not sure how well it'd work to be honest – most bold typefaces aren't simply a thickening of the original, but subtly altered so that they look "right" afterwards.
| Saginaw ||30 Jul 2010 10:51 a.m. PST|
I've been pokin' around the Internet, and I've seen references to "outlining" the current font. How does that sound?
Now to find a free program to do that. If you find anything else, Dom, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
|jtkimmel||30 Jul 2010 1:55 p.m. PST|
Saginaw, applying an outline to a font and having a bold or heavy version of a font are not the same thing. Though in a pinch it may do what you want.
| Wyatt the Odd ||30 Jul 2010 6:47 p.m. PST|
The short answer is "no".
You can outline a font to make it heavier (as opposed to making it bold) but only to a certain point (no pun intended). You can think of outlining as adding another pixel or more horizontally and vertically to each part of the letterform. If you add too many, you've really made it cease to be the font you started with.
Unfortunately, you really can only do that in Photoshop or Illustrator (definitely not free). Come to think of it, Gimp might have that feature.
You might be able to find a heavier version of a font on one of the free font sites. Commercial fonts aren't on these, but similar-looking ones with different names will be.
|E Murray ||30 Jul 2010 8:32 p.m. PST|
If you are using TeX or LaTeX, "poor man's bold" will do something like that for you. But that isn't really thickening the font, it's just making it look thicker in the document by printing the character several times with very slight offsets (i.e., you don't end up with a second, new, thicker font file). Perhaps whatever you are using to create your document can do something similar?
|Whatisitgood4atwork||30 Jul 2010 10:29 p.m. PST|
I agree the short answer is no. Bold fonts are not just normal fonts thickened.
But you can pseudo-thicken a font by using a drop shadow effect. I'd only use that for a heading. It would be anightmare for bady copy.
| Saginaw ||31 Jul 2010 2:38 p.m. PST|
Thanks for the help and tips, fellas.
Whatisitgood4atwork, I tried the drop shadow technique, and after doing some "patch-up" with Windows Paint (which I primarily use), I got a satisfactory result from it. I'm still trying to master Gimp 2.6.
|Whatisitgood4atwork||31 Jul 2010 8:16 p.m. PST|