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Old 07-23-2014, 08:16 AM   #31
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I modified Garamond No. 8 for e-ink.

I am not a master, but I tried my best. Hinted and done kerning.

edit: I will work on kerning a little more.

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Old 07-24-2014, 03:07 AM   #32
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It seems I am not good enough to do kerning by myself. So I went and bought one of my favorite typefaces (Simoncini Garamond) and edited the weight and hinting for high resolution e-ink.

This is actually the first time I bought a typeface, there was no reason to buy one before now, I am not a designer - just as a very interested person in the topic, I try to collect books with nice typograpy (not going very well since I started eReading).

This situation I found myself in was actually one of the things I wanted to discuss in this topic. I believe new e-ink devices are slowly changing the way we connect with the type. We can make our own decisions regading type now, and honesly, it feels liberating.

By the way, this is the end result with the Simoncini, it looks much better and solid than the picture, I am rubbish with cameras:
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:24 AM   #33
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Is there a particular reason why the lower-case g and j are cut off at the bottom?
They aren't on my Aura HD. It's my standard font.
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They aren't on my Aura HD. It's my standard font.
But they are in his adjusted version; at least in the preview under Win7.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:27 AM   #35
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But they are in his adjusted version; at least in the preview under Win7.
I just looked at it in the font viewer, and I see what you mean. On my Kobo that isn't the case.

Looks like in the font viewer the BoundingBox (in PostScript terms) is exactly equal to (ascender height + descender height) and the descenders of the round letters have a bit of overshoot (the q, for instance, isn't cut off).

I'm not sure that's supposed to happen (the round letter descenders having over shoot); I'm inclined to say that the descender height should be fixed for all letters. But I'm not a typographer, so who knows.
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I just looked at it in the font viewer, and I see what you mean. On my Kobo that isn't the case.

Looks like in the font viewer the BoundingBox (in PostScript terms) is exactly equal to (ascender height + descender height) and the descenders of the round letters have a bit of overshoot (the q, for instance, isn't cut off).

I'm not sure that's supposed to happen (the round letter descenders having over shoot); I'm inclined to say that the descender height should be fixed for all letters. But I'm not a typographer, so who knows.
Ah, so long as it looks good on the reader. (I just tried the font out in Word: the descenders were cut off but looked perfectly fine when printed out.)

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In some cases, the default font lacks weight. That's why I modified CharisSIL to add more weight. So it gives more contrast and even at a larger size it looks better. The hinted version fixes some font issues such as thin lines. While the default font may be OK, a hand tweaked font can be better.

I have tried my version of CharisSIL on a Kindle Touch and it looks much better then the default Kindle font.
What did you use to modify the font?
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:32 PM   #38
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What did you use to modify the font?
I used some version of Font Creator. I also used ttfautohin to add hinting.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:36 AM   #39
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This one is nice too : http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/alegreya

I also started to work on my own typeface for e-ink, using Glyphs.
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The typeface I told abaout above looks very nice on eInk with some adjustments. It was very thin, so I added some weight, re-done hinting, checked kerning.

Check it: http://cl.ly/1h2Z0u3w4209

This is the pro version: http://www.huertatipografica.com/fonts/alegreya-ht-pro
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This one is nice too : http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/alegreya

I also started to work on my own typeface for e-ink, using Glyphs.
The Alegreya is beautiful indeed. Thanks for the tip!

Since you seem to be using a Kobo reader: You can save yourself a lot of work making fonts bolder by installing the "Freedom to advanced font control" patch from the many nice patches provided by GeoffR here.

It allows you to control font weight on the reader for sideloaded fonts just like for the original ones. It seems they have to be True Type fonts though.

Here's my version of the original Alegreya. All I did was use Type Light to check that the internal font names match the external ones (which used to be important for Kobos to correctly display bold and italic fonts, not sure if that has been fixed by now...) and convert the otf fonts to TT curves. Looks very nice on my Aura HD.
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Another fan of Amasis here.
I've been using it since my Sony times.
Alegreya looks good, I'll give it a spin.
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The problem is .ttf is inferior to .otf and Kobo supports .otf features and hinting. I think a little editing is better.

Kobo comes with Amasis but I never really liked it.
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The problem is .ttf is inferior to .otf and Kobo supports .otf features and hinting. I think a little editing is better.
So how can you get smallcaps from an OTF file for display in an ePub (noty kepub)?

I was playing around with the Alegreya TTF versions and I added hinting and they look so much better hinted then they did unhinted.
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I don't use ePub, so I wouldn't know. They don't show with ePubs? I didn't know Kobo renderers are *that* different!

OTF files I gave are hinted anyway. But I found out that TypeGenius (This is what it is called in Kobo, right?) works well with OTF too. So here is another Alegreya, this one is only named rightly (as in Kobo, machine show bold versions in the place of regulars)., original hinting, weight and spacing:

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