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A&E APRIL 2018 • 27 Graphic Design with are accidental to some degree. Because of the range of shapes, spacing between let- ters and words cannot be mechanical, but instead requires optical (visual) spacing. Some letter combinations require more space between them and others less, and the only way that can be achieved is by visually weighing the spaces. One aspect of font metrics is to establish the distance between one letter and every other character in the font to the right of it one at a time. This is repeated for each of the characters in the font. This means that right out of the box, font characters should be pretty well spaced. But again, that's a lot of information and data. Multiply that by a thousand fonts and it puts a strain on the system that can lead to problems. Fonts are located in libraries already on the computer or from discs or online sources. It does not matter how many fonts are stored on your computer, but if too many are installed in the system folder, problems can develop. Windows requires the fonts you want to work with to be installed in the system so that they will be available to a number of different pro- grams, not just CorelDRAW. There was a third-party utility that would install or uninstall fonts from any source, though we all have a tendency to install fonts and forget to uninstall those we don't use. Starting with Corel X8, a new Corel- DRAW-integrated utility was introduced called Corel Font Manager, designed to install and uninstall fonts as needed along with many other features for organizing fonts. It is a separate program much like Corel Capture is, but it is not third-party. It was written by Corel for use with Corel- DRAW and PHOTO-PAINT. I will go over all of these features in my next article. Because of its many features, it could also complicate an already complicated problem with fonts. That's why I've started with this overview of what fonts are and why they can sometimes lead to problems. It wouldn't be hard to jump in blindly, adding fonts and categories, only to end up with problems. I advise proceeding with caution, allowing yourself plenty of time to get used to its many features and deciding which features will benefit your particular circumstances. An army of fonts can be useless, even dangerous without a strategy for its deployment. fig 5 fig 6 A&E

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