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Types of Lettering

Clarendon Serifs
Clarendon Serifs

In typography, a serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol. A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface. A typeface without serifs is called sans-serif or sans serif, from the French sans, meaning "without". Some typography sources refer to sans-serif typefaces as "Grotesque" or "Gothic", and serif typefaces as "Roman".

Glyphic Serifs
Glyphic Serifs

In typography, a serif is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol. A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface. A typeface without serifs is called sans-serif or sans serif, from the French sans, meaning "without". Some typography sources refer to sans-serif typefaces as "Grotesque" or "Gothic", and serif typefaces as "Roman".

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Grotesque Sans Serif
Grotesque Sans Serif

Grotesque sans serifs These sans serifs don't have a strong relationship to calligraphy. Their shapes and proportions are fairly uniform, with low stroke contrast. Round shapes are more oval than circular and x-height is usually large. Often better for paragraphs than geometrics, but not as good as humanists.

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Neoclassical & Didone Serifs
Neoclassical & Didone Serifs

Neoclassicism (from Greek νέος nèos, "new" and Latin classicus, "of the highest rank") is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the "classical" art and culture of classical antiquity.

Old Style
Old Style

Old style typefaces are an important component of every good typeface library. Originally created between the late 15th and mid-18th centuries, these early roman types are characterized by curved strokes whose axis inclines to the left, and little contrast between thick and thins.

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Slab Serifs
Slab Serifs

In typography, a slab serif (also called mechanistic, square serif, antique or Egyptian) typeface is a type of serif typeface characterized by thick, block-like serifs. Serif terminals may be either blunt and angular , or rounded . Slab serifs were invented in and most popular during the nineteenth century.

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Square Sans Serif
Square Sans Serif

Square Serif is a slab serif font family. This typeface has ten styles and was published by FontSite Inc.

Transitional Serifs
Transitional Serifs

Serif fonts can be broadly classified into one of four subgroups: old style, transitional, Didone and slab serif, in order of first appearance. Old-style Adobe Garamond, an example of an old-style serif.

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