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30 a-e-mag.com • A&E JUNE 2018 Graphic Design ferent from the main font, they all have to be rendered and balanced and spaced. They are complete fonts with all of the usual characters and glyphs. Other vari- ants focus on weight or proportion such as light, medium, bold, extra bold, narrow, condensed, extended, etc., and each of these can have an italic variation, and so on. A font is a family of related characters. A font family is a font along with all of its variant fonts. All of this is important to understand because the font's panel displays titles either all the way to the left side of the panel or in an indented position. If a font has no variants then its name is seen all the way to the left, which is also where the primary font family name appears in a smaller generic font style. All members of a font family then appear indented underneath that heading. The default setting is to have the font name appear in each font box, with nothing in the long box seen in the Prop- erties bar. But by clicking on the arrow tab at the end of that bar, the font can be displayed as A, B, C, D, E, etc., among other options including typing in your own phrase in that box as mentioned above. All of the fonts and font family variants then appear in whatever manner you decide on in that box; all, that is, other than the name of the font family heading the list of font family members. (fig 2) At first glance, it is a little confusing seeing some fonts indented and some not, which is why I've bothered to explain it in such detail. It's also a little confusing because heading each font listing is a color bar indicating the status of a particular font: green means the font is installed, yellow is uninstalled, gray is part of a family with mixed install status, and white is online font not yet downloaded. These all make sense once understood, but at first glance can feel chaotic. Each computer's system requires that certain fonts are present and installed — it's not good to delete them! To discourage this, these fonts are locked and indicated as such by a padlock symbol on top of the color bar. (fig 3) Because displaying the font/font style names using the actual font or displaying alphabets, or text instead, can lead to some confusion, Corel also displays the font name and style in a generic font that does not change, headed by a symbol indicating what the font breed is, such as an 'O' for Open Type, TTF for True Type Font, etc. (fig 4) That pretty well covers what to expect when looking at the Font panel on the right. Now let's take a look at the Libraries panel on the left, whose main function is to help you organize your fonts. ON THE LEFT… The Libraries panel on the left contains Folders, Download options, Collections, and various filters for limiting choices among the fonts on display from any folder. There is already a default folder under the Folders heading, called My Fonts, con- taining a number of default fonts that are in the Windows System Fonts folder. These fonts either came with the computer or were installed when Corel was installed. Some of these display a padlock icon indi- cating that they should not be deleted or uninstalled from the Windows System Fonts folder. Anything not padlocked can be deleted or uninstalled, and others from various sources can be installed. Where do you find fonts to install? They can be in separate folders stored on your hard drive; from external storage devices such as CDs; USB drives; or downloaded free from Corel or, for a fee, from some other sites on the internet then stored in your own font folders on your hard drive for later use. If you already have your own font folders on your hard drive, you can add them as new folders to your Library. If you do click on one, you will see all of its contents in the Fonts Panel on the right from which you can install them to the fig 1 fig 3 fig 4 fig 2

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