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Old 2007-09-10, 19:21   Link #41
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I have one question that I've never been able to figure out.

Just where do Typesetters get all of their fonts? Are there large font packs out there that you can download? Or did you just hunt around for a bunch of different styled fonts until you were satisfied with your repertoire?
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Adobe makes very good fonts and releases them in huge packages that are for purchase. Quality free fonts can be found on dafont.
I know it's a bit late for a reply on this, but I still wanted to throw in my two cents.

My personal experience with most free fonts is that they are too flashy, too generic, or too typical, and they don't have much subtlety or character (no pun intended), and it took forever to find a font that fit on those type of sites (if I could find one).

Unearthly, yes, there are a lot of font packs out there. One I downloaded to use during my short typesetting stint (before real life took over) had 50k fonts (800mb rared, 2.47gb unrared). Unfortunately, most of the fonts in the packs were pretty much useless (unreadable, too big, inappropriate style), so it took a a few hours to find a font that fit. A font browsing tool was incredibly useful for looking, though. Especially on a high-res desktop.

When you become more and more familiar with fonts, selecting them will be much faster since you'll know the fonts by name. But by then, you'd probably be in typeset styling 629 or something.

As for font editing, it's for the incredibly hardcore, like pichu over there. I personally grabbed whatever looked good and ran with it.

Last edited by chaos4ever; 2007-09-11 at 02:22. Reason: double-checked the 50k font folder... and i was wrong ._.
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Old 2007-09-11, 00:16   Link #42
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Exactly, theres no reason to reinvent the wheel. There are over 100k fonts available for certain. Without a doubt even with 1/10 of that number if you can't find a font that works well you are just trying to hard to be original. The most well known typesetters use very common fonts. Why? Because they are proven to work and the viewing audience has shown they like those fonts.

Heres the biggest thing stylers need to realize. The viewer doesn't want to easily notice your original font choice. If they easily notice it, that means the font is distracting. You font choices and color choices should be as discrete as possible. Your job as styler is FIRST and FOREMOST, to make the anime easy to watch.
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Old 2008-09-12, 17:52   Link #43
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If you have to do a letterboxed release (i.e. opening is fullscreen, ep is widescreen), then do not place the subtitles entirely on the letterbox - that way, the eye can ignore that part and suffer less stress from moving up and down.
What does not entirely mean? Bottom text line something like 50/50 between border and picture or bottom line fully in the border and eventual second lines on top fully in the picture?

Also, thread revival ftw.
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Old 2008-09-12, 18:52   Link #44
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What it means is, if you have the subs only in the black area you get a two field situation. This break in fields makes your eyes go between the 2 areas instead of seeing them as 1. What I would do in this situation is actually place the entire sub in the animations field. Splitting between the 2 is worse in the end really.
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