I have a font that does not include bold support. To my surprise, LibreOffice Impress will bold and italicize the font without complaint whereas InkScape only provides the normal face.
How is this possible?
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The following is a workaround to Inkscape's lack of support, not a solution. It was posted by Xav to inkscapeforum.com in 2011:
An alternative approach is to apply a dilation filter to the text:
Of course, it's still no substitute for a proper bold font, but might be useful to someone. Plus the text remains editable, as does the amount of dilation, should you need to change things in future.
If your font don't have support of Bold or Italic, most "office-like" software (LibreOffice, Microsoft Office and many others) will simulate it.
For serif fonts (Times, Georgia) it's easy to determine the difference, because real italic looks like "written by hand", whereas "fake italic" (so-called "Slanted" or "Oblique") repeats the form of non-italic letters.
In the example above, to make a screenshot of 3rd line, I just temporary removed Georgia Italic from my PC.
For sans-serif fonts (Arial, Verdana) the difference sometimes isn't very easy to determine.
And also, note that there is a difference between "software-generated" slanted styles and "hand-made" ones. For example, as a font designer (actuall I'm not), I could create a font with this set of styles:
Note, there is italic style and also slanted style. Both were created manually by font designer.
Obviously, there will be a difference between hand-made slanted style and software-generated slanted style. (The former will be good, the latter will be ugly).
Software for professional book designers, professional typesetting, working with fonts, as you understand, don't need such replacements (I mean, fake italic, generated by software). Such applications will show you raw "fair" result without any simulations. At least, they should.