Garamond Italic SP2

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by Frodo7
Cloned from Garamond Italic SP by Frodo7.

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This is a superpixel rendering of Garamond Italic. To make the curves smooth I used six different shades of grey plus black - each colour on a separate layer. It's a proof of concept to explore the possible use of layers for superpixel fonts. Fine-tuning the grey levels may improve the sharpness of the text. Some kerning necessary. 

Comment by Frodo7 Fri, 18th june

YOO that's so cool

Comment by JingYo Fri, 18th june

Ingenious! 

Comment by minimum Fri, 18th june

The final result is simply fascinating!

Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 18th june

@JingYo, minimum, elmoyenique: Thank you for your comments. I know it's a bit ironic to use the colour font feature first to produce a B&W font. I learned about superpixel fonts at Fonts for Flash (FFF). They used grey pixels to smooth the "curves" of the letters, but only a few. I took the idea to the next level.

Comment by Frodo7 Fri, 18th june

You always have clever idea and you always put in the work.

I suggest you take a look at the lowercase x as it seems to optically dip below the baseline.

The beauty of the rendered glyphs is staggering. That z! That a! That m g h x! That &! I love this version so much.

Comment by minimum Fri, 18th june

@ minimum: Thank you for your comment. I corrected the x. There was a stray pixel in the u (visible in the sample). The kerning would be an interesting case: the distances can only be set by whole pixels. 

I used all 8 layers: 6 shades of grey, black, and a template layer (turned off). The colour values are as follows: #e3e3e3, #b7b7b7, #939393, #6d6d6d,  #4d4d4d, #252525, #000000. The last one is a random colour (pink). I'm sure there are better-optimized palettes possible, but for the purpose, this is good enough. More information about this experiment at the first version: Garamond Italic SP.

Comment by Frodo7 Fri, 18th june

This font looks really nice, and I like how the glyphs look (especially at double pixel size)…

Comment by Bryndan W Meyerholt (BWM) Fri, 18th june

all your super-pixel experiments are so interesting!

Comment by jirinvk Fri, 18th june

Great, but lc X should be lowered one down.

Comment by Hensley Dodson (Hensilly) Sat, 21st august

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