Alejandro Paul’s Adios is a technically intricate font bursting with advanced OpenType features. It’s easily my favorite advanced OpenType font.
Inspired by lettering artist H. Wotzkow, not to mention contemporary tattoo art, Adios has a profusion of ornamental ascenders and descenders that allow extraordinary variety. The lowercase “h” alone offers 43 variants; the entire font has a staggering 1,470 glyphs.
Watch the slideshow of amazing examples in use at www.veer.com/ideas/galleries/adios/
www.Artzooks.com includes the Visual Language collection in its collection of premium clip art.
Visual Language includes more than 1,000 extremely detailed illustrations from the early 1900s. Subject matter includes plants, fruits and flowers, animals and human anatomy, machines and equipment, picture frames, mountains and landscapes, maps, holiday figures, etc. The collection is worth a look, if only for inspiration.
To find it, search for “Visual Language” and then uncheck “Photographs” under Image Type.
If you need an entire font converted to vector or raster objects, check out FontPestle. This handy app ($4.99, Mac App Store) exports every character from an OpenType or TrueType font to individual objects in PDF, PNG, TIFF, or GIF formats.
The app even includes 10 symbol fonts for you to convert as a starting point. Before exporting, you can customize fill, stroke, and background, and the resulting files can be shared with others from within the app.
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Way into fonts? Check out www.typophile.com. It has news about font events, font developers, books, free fonts, and enlightening discussions.