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Ligature fonts

Jun 25, 2012 at 17:51

Some font families include fonts that consist of just ligatures, example below
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5312/7440981382_48c2b497ce_z.jpg

What's the right way to use them?


Jun 25, 2012 at 18:20



Jun 25, 2012 at 18:23

no you misunderstood, I know how to use ligatures but how do I use these fonts where the entire font is just ligatures. Several families have that, like this http://www.typography.com/fonts/font_styles.php?productLineID=100020


Jun 25, 2012 at 18:55

Well, as far as I'm concerned, if you take a look at Requiem, the "Requiem Italic Ligatures" should be used with "Requiem Italic", at least that's how I see it But then, you can use them the way you want, there are no rules. Well, yes, there are "rules" but you can break them too


Jun 25, 2012 at 19:08

Ahhh why can't I clearly express my thoughts today
I meant the workflow... let's say I'm setting a header in requiem and I want to see all available ligatures for the combinations of letters in my copy. What do I do? Typing with the 'ligature' font produces random ligatures....


Jun 25, 2012 at 22:37

depends on the software you are using. Illustrator and Indesign have a "Glyph" panel.


Jun 26, 2012 at 00:59

Back to Lisboa, as far as I can remember that one started as a postscript family and the later OTF versions followed the postscript fonts. Ergo, I think there was never a real OTF version with the ligatures included in one and the same font file. The ligatures font file only has the standard lowercase of the Lisboa and a series of f-ligatures in the capitals so the only way you can use the f-ligatures is using these corresponding capitals.



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