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Following my line of "simple" questions: where can I find information about how fonts are made/rendered, and details like what hinting is?

Edit: I'd like more details about font rendering.

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I realize this question is two years old, but... why are you asking where to get information instead of just asking for the information you want? – Pops Sep 4 '11 at 6:20
@Lord: I.... don't know :S – RCIX Sep 4 '11 at 16:48
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There is an open source font creation app fontforge, that has a very helpful help page describing many of the fundamentals of font construction:

and hinting specifically is here:


Some more font building & hinting resources: iLT how to make a font part II — ❧ —Truetype Hinting — ❧ — Adobe opntype font development kitAdobe opentype hinting information — ❧ —Hinting tutorial from the DejaVu designers

Rendering Articles: How does sub-pixel rendering work? — ❧ — Font smoothing, anti-aliasing, and sub-pixel rendering

And just for fun:

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lol, that's pretty good.... – RCIX Aug 23 '09 at 2:26
+1 for the image. – Sasha Chedygov Aug 24 '09 at 5:49
I actually already saw the joel on software blog link, but not the GRC one, thanks! – RCIX Aug 24 '09 at 21:19
I'd upvote you a couple more times if i could. This looks like the best answer, i think you deserve the bounty! however don't let that stop you from looking, it's great to see so many articles on fonts. – RCIX Aug 24 '09 at 21:56
Thanks RCIX - will keep adding resources as I find them ;-) – The Tentacle Aug 25 '09 at 11:58

I Love Typography has some great info on fonts and font creation.

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After designing a font with the tool of your choice (the Adobe Suite is fine for this), throw it into FontLab and make the necessary changes then export it.

This guide covers the process fairly in-depth.

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this sounds interesting thanks! – RCIX Aug 22 '09 at 20:31

If you are interested in the technology behind font rendering you should see if this article is what you are looking for. It is very good.

Texts Rasterization Exposures

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Typophile is a great website devoted to type. They have excellent forums frequented by people who actually design type so I think you will have more luck there.

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Seems interesting but i was never to fond of websites almost completely in flash, and i'm also not too big on forums. Thanks anyway! – RCIX Aug 22 '09 at 20:40

There is also an app called The Typography Manual for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Looks neat! i'll definitely keep an eye on that. – RCIX Aug 23 '09 at 1:39

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