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Page 1: the ebonics quiz, A Chromatic Slab SerifµFive layers ... · A fill font was added to put color inside of the letters. The next three fonts are the Inline font, the Inline Shaded

Jackdaws lovemy big sphinxof quartz∑Bothfickle dwarvesjinx my pig quizwho is takingthe ebonics quiz,professor jovialyasked∑fake bugsput in wax jonquilsdrive him crazywhile waxingparquet decks,suez sailors vomitjauntily abaftheavy boxersperform quickwaltzes and jigs

A BRIEF USER MANUAL

A Chromatic Slab SerifµFive layers

SutroDeluxeSutro

DeluxeSutro

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Deluxeparkinson

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type design20142014

Manual No. 1

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versatility is very intriguing. Like dresses for a Barbie Doll. It reminds me of the oldChromatic Wood Type from the late 19th century. I became familiar with chromaticwood type in the early 1960s. I was working as a lettering artist at Hallmark Cards inKansas City at the time Rob Roy Kelly was making a big splash at the Kansas City ArtInstitute with his work with Wood Type. I got to know Kelly a little, and he let me spendhours in his office with his fabulous library of Wood Type Catalogs. I was drawn to the

Chromatics and worked at producing a few chromatic characters as linocuts to printwith. But that was a long time ago. Everything was very labor-intensive. There wereno computers. It was like Caveman Days. Then, during TypeCon, it was like, “Wow!Chromatics!” I started experimenting with layers as soon as I returned from Portland.I’ve been working on several layered families at once. Sutro Duluxe is a typeface Ithought I had finished before I went to Portland, but I was wrong. It needed a shot ofenergy. First, I did a Fill font to put color into the letterforms. Then I added variousother inline and fill fonts. Sutro Deluxe is now a five font family.

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Sutro Deluxe before Portland. Black and white. No layers.

Sutro Deluxe after Portland

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ttthere was a lot of talk about color fonts at TypeCon 2013 in Portland. Designershave been making layered digital fonts for a few years. I just wasn’t payingattention. The idea that you can add additional parts to a font to enhance its

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how it works

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how it worksSutro Deluxe was originally designed as a plain, bold outlined slab serif font.

The double drop-shadow was its main feature. No layers. No fill. No nothing. After Portland, I was crazy to try some layered fonts. Sutro Deluxe hadn’t been released yet, so it became

the subject of a little chromatic experiment. I decided to leave the original font alone,and just add some options for ornamenting the interior of the letters.

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The original font is now called the Primary font.A fill font was added to put color inside of theletters. The next three fonts are the Inline font,the Inline Shaded font, and the Inline Fill font.Now they are a little Type Family. The PrimaryFont is like the Daddy Font. The other four fontsall depend on the Primary Font to tie themtogether.

The Fill font has a slight bleed so when thePrimary Font overprints it, not a sliver of lightcan come through. The stroke widths of theInline font and the Inline Shaded font straddlethe boundries of the Fill and Inline Fill fonts.With color, there are lots of possibilities.

Fig. 1 Shows the Primary font with the Fillfont sliding in behind. Like so.Fig. 2 Shows the Fill font behind the Primaryfont and the Inline font has been added.Fig. 3 The Inline Fill font has been added andthe Inline Shaded font has been substitutedfor the Inline font.

Eventually, there will be better technology toset layered fonts, but until then, I just setthese in Adobe Illustrator. InDesign works fine too. The fonts are kerned so set the kerning toAuto. Don’t use Optical Kerning and be carefulwith Adjust Tracking. — Jim Parkinson, 2014

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Primary Font

Fill Font

Inline Font

Inline Shaded Font

Inline Fill Font

Fig. 3

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Fig. 1

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Here is Sutro Deluxe Primary with the Fill font.

A chromatic font with five layers starting with Sutro Deluxe Primary.

...with the Fill font and the Inline font.

...or with the Shaded Inline font.

Sutro Deluxe

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SutroDeluxe

SutroDeluxeSutro

Deluxe

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Deluxe

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Primary font over Fill font.

Sutro Deluxe

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW

XY&Z12345678

$90£

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XY&Z12345678

$90£

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Sutro Deluxe

You can use the Fill font with the Inline Fill font,

...then you can add the Inline font.

The Primary, the Fill, the Inline Fill and the Shaded Inline.I call this The Full Cleveland.

You can even do the drunken letterpress printer thing.

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SutroDeluxeSutro

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Primary font over Fill font,Shaded Inline font over Inline Fill font.

Sutro Deluxe

© Copyright 2014 by Jim Parkinson, Parkinson Type Design 7

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW

XY&Z12345678

$90£

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW

XY&Z12345678

$90£

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW

XY&Z12345678

$90£

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVW

XY&Z12345678

$90£

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