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What’s the difference between a type family and a font?

The main difference between these two terms is that a typeface (or type family) is the name of a specific collection of related fonts. In comparison, font refers to a particular weight, width, and style within that typeface. To put it in simple terms, each variation of a typeface is a font.

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  • Hello Tom Linnell ! Thank you for submitting to our Ucraft Forum! 

    A type family and a font are related concepts in typography, but they refer to different aspects of the design and implementation of type:

    1. Type Family

      • A type family is a group of related typefaces that share similar design characteristics. It typically includes various styles and weights, such as regular, bold, italic, and others, that are designed to work harmoniously together. The type family is a broader category that encompasses the entire range of styles within a cohesive design concept. For example, the Helvetica type family includes Helvetica Regular, Helvetica Bold, Helvetica Italic, and so on.
    2. Font

      • A font refers to a specific style, weight, and size within a type family. It is a complete set of characters, numbers, symbols, and other glyphs that share a consistent design. In practical terms, when you select "Arial Bold" in a word processing or graphic design application, you are choosing a specific font within the Arial type family.
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    exactly, thanks

  • A type family refers to a group of related fonts with varying styles, such as bold, italic, and regular, within a cohesive design. A font, on the other hand, is a specific style, weight, and size within that type family. In essence, a type family encompasses a range of fonts, while a font represents a single variation within that family. For more details go now

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