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    making fonts "bold"

    does anyone know how to "bold" fonts other than adding a stroke in illustrator? for example Bellissima Script Pro. How can you keep that calligraphy like look?

    http://origin.myfonts.com/s/aw/original/207/0/106193.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endash View Post
    does anyone know how to "bold" fonts other than adding a stroke in illustrator? for example Bellissima Script Pro. How can you keep that calligraphy like look?

    http://origin.myfonts.com/s/aw/original/207/0/106193.png
    I'm wondering this too. Have you gotten any answer on it outside of this forum?

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    Do you mean how to keep the hairline strokes thin while increasing the weight of the thicker strokes?

    I think the only way to do that would be to adjust it manually.

    1. Set the type the way you want.

    2. Convert text to outline in Illustrator

    3. Adjust the width of the heavier lines by hand. I would take the Direct Selection tool and adjust the points of the thick strokes (like the sides of "i") horizontally the tiniest bit, evenly on both sides.

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    As far as I know, this is painstaking manual work in Illustrator as described above. I've done it myself for a client project, where stroke widths needed to be increased for letterpress printing. But you should expect to spend several hours making the adjustments, even to a small number of glyphs; there's no quick fix. Good luck!

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    I wonder if you could add a hipline stroke to the outlined type and use the stroke width tool (shift-w) to work with your widths?

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    I always figured there should be a tool to increase only certain parts of fonts, maybe a program with basic letter shapes already there and then you add and adjust serifs and stroke widths etc. As it stands, there isn't one though.

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    Oscillate the vector-outline of a type around its centre and draw the outline. you also can duplicate several times in the same oscillating way.

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    There would really be no quick fix for this that looks good, otherwise fonts would only come in one weight

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    Offset path in illustrator and use pathfinder to clean it up. You should never try to make a whole font bold though.

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