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Old 02-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #4
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Resolution can make a big difference — if it is only 600 dpi, you need to restrict yourself to fonts without a lot of subtle detail. Charter is a good one for that; Cheltenham is another.

Laser printers are not all the same in the way they apply the toner dots to paper, either. And the paper can make a difference. Lots of variables.

Even if the printer had a resolution of 1000 to 1200 dpi, you really cannot expect to duplicate what you see in well-printed books. Text for commercial printing is usually output at 2400 to 3000 dpi, and the dots are more finely drawn than with laser printing. So the right approach is to choose appropriate typefaces; avoid delicate ones and very small sizes.

As far as old-fashioned goes, Georgia, Century Schoolbook, and Bookman Old Style all look back to the 19th century. The type looks old-fashioned because it is probably what we read as school children. As for Bookman, well, there are such things as lousy type designs, and that is one of them. It does draw attention to itself, and is hard to read.

What style do you want to project?

By the way: Georgia was designed for screen reading, not for print. It is the baby sister of Miller, which is one of the best fonts for setting almost any kind of text that I know of.

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