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    Difference Between: COMPRESSED and CONDENSED

    Any questions regarding the fonts...

    What is the exact difference between "COMPRESSED" and "CONDENSED"?

    Please provide an easy to understand manner. Thank you.

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    stradivarious,

    There are several ways to look at this question.

    1) In many font families that offer various widths, Compressed would be narrower then Condensed. Extra Wide --> Wide --> Regular --> Narrow --> Condensed --> Compressed --> Extra Compressed is an example of a progression from Widest (Extra Wide) to Narrowest (Extra Compressed)

    2) For some font designers Compressed and Condensed are interchangeable as simply a narrow font. However, in this case you would normally only have one or the other, so there is nothing to choose from.

    3) In some cases, Compressed can describe a font that was made narrow "mechanically" by changing the scale horizontally the same way some fonts are made "italic" by making them oblique rather then by making a properly proportioned font. In this case, the vertical strokes would appear to be COMPRESSED compared to the horizontal strokes. If you have TransType you can see this effect by taking a font and going to "Width..." under the "Effect" menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xamiam View Post
    stradivarious,

    There are several ways to look at this question.

    1) In many font families that offer various widths, Compressed would be narrower then Condensed. Extra Wide --> Wide --> Regular --> Narrow --> Condensed --> Compressed --> Extra Compressed is an example of a progression from Widest (Extra Wide) to Narrowest (Extra Compressed)

    2) For some font designers Compressed and Condensed are interchangeable as simply a narrow font. However, in this case you would normally only have one or the other, so there is nothing to choose from.

    3) In some cases, Compressed can describe a font that was made narrow "mechanically" by changing the scale horizontally the same way some fonts are made "italic" by making them oblique rather then by making a properly proportioned font. In this case, the vertical strokes would appear to be COMPRESSED compared to the horizontal strokes. If you have TransType you can see this effect by taking a font and going to "Width..." under the "Effect" menu.
    Ok. Thank you very much for this information, I appreciate it, and I hope maybe you can help with a sample image

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