Post # 1
So a friend of mine tried to help me out by revising my fonts a bit for my invite. I have been trying to duplicate her sample text because I really like it, but can’t get it to look just the same and she’s out of town so I can’t ask her. 🙁
This is what she wrote: “It’s Century Gothic, with the letters all capitalized and spaced at 115% (at a fixed width, which makes them appear more formal, less yell-y somehow.)”
I know this is probably extremely basic, but I just can’t get it to look the same and I’ve tried google-ing it. I’m using Microsoft Word 2010. How do you make it “spaced at 115%”? I’ve tried going under fonts-advanced- and changing the scale, but that’s not right. Also, is fixed width the nature of the font or do I have to do something special? I’ve tried doing the “kerning” thing, but I don’t think that’s right.
And no matter what I do, I can’t get the weight right- my version of the font looks way too light and thin, and if I bold it, it alters all of the letters.
Like I said, these questions are probably really dumb and I’m embarrased to ask, but I need help please! Step by step instructions would be amazing!
Post # 3
Could you post or send me a picture of the way that she sent it to you that you want it to look like and the way that you’re currently looking at it? I can look at it for you and see if I can decipher her explanation. I designed my sister’s wedding invitation and all of her other paper products, so I might be able to figure this out if I could see it/play with it…
Post # 4
Thanks SO much for offering to help! You’re awesome! Like I said, it’s super simple, but I just can’t get it exactly the same!
Post # 5
Okay, this probably sounds really strange, but the way that I get it to look the closest is by using wordart, When you use wordart, your letters are just a little thicker (not as thick as when you bold something, but a little thicker than just regular typing). And I’m not talking about the weird angle rainbow colored wordart either haha. I actually used this quite a bit with my sister’s wedding, and it turned out really well and no one would have ever guessed it was wordart…
Here is what I did: Click on insert, and then wordart and choose a normalish looking one (don’t worry too much about this because you are going to undo the effects to where it just looks like text). Type in your text with the Century Gothic font and all letters capitalized. Under the drawing tools toolbar (which should appear when your wordart is selected), select no outline under text outline, a black text fill, and click on no under any text effect that is highlighted. Deselect anything that is selected under shape effects. This should give it a more normal look, but slightly more bold.
For text spacing, the only way that I am aware of to change it to 115% is as you said above – fonts, advanced, and changing the scale to 115%. Century Gothic, to the best of my knowledge, is not a fixed width font. A fixed width font means that each letter takes up the exact same amount of room as every other letter. If you look at the image that you sent me, the “t” and the “w” in TWO do not take up the same amount of room since the “w” is much wider. It does appear as though the line spacing in between has been altered, which may be what she meant. To do this, highlight your text, right click and click on paragraph. It looks to be about 1.5 lines under the line spacing option in paragraph, but that could just be a stretched image as well…
I hope this helps you somewhat! I’m sorry that I’m not sure exactly what your friend was trying to describe, but to me this looks pretty close. Please let me know if I can help you further! : )
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
She’s blowing out the tracking — kerning is between individual letters, so you’d want to increase the tracking. She also increased the leading, the space between each line. In Word it looks like you go to Character Spacing > Spacing > choose Expanded, then increase it. 2.5 looked close to what you provide.
Scaling actually distorts the font so I strongly advise against that.