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Chapter 18. Fonts > Enhancing Type

Enhancing Type

You have thousands upon thousands of Macintosh fonts from which to choose (see the “Where to Buy Fonts” section later in this chapter for a list of vendors). Even so, you might not find exactly the style or effect you're looking for. Don't despair. Because Mac fonts are essentially computer data, you can use a variety of programs to modify their shapes, angles, colors, and many other attributes.

If you have a PostScript graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia FreeHand, you can create any number of effects that modify a single character or a block of text. To a lesser extent, you can modify text in a page layout program—for instance, expanding or condensing it. You could stretch a headline vertically to make it tall and narrow or horizontally to make it wide.


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