Improved Windows rendering for Adobe fonts
August 31, 2011
Adobe optical styles and PostScript-based outlines are a match made in rendering heaven. As you may know, we recently began serving some fonts with PostScript-based outlines for smoother rendering on Windows. The improvement in quality is especially notable at large sizes, so deciding which fonts to serve this way is a matter of respecting typefaces’ design intentions.
Adobe’s catalog, full of iconic display faces, scripts, and – most exciting – optical styles of classic families, was a perfect candidate for this optimization. But we didn’t need to tell our friends at Adobe. Long champions of the PostScript format (heck, they invented it), Adobe was happy to see that this simple change in format could have such a dramatic impact on how some fonts render.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that many Adobe typefaces on Typekit are now served with PostScript-based outlines for the most optimal rendering at large sizes: Cooper Black Std, Trajan Pro 3, Rosewood Std (and Fill), and Poplar Std, because these designs are intended for display use; Brioso Pro, Caflisch Script Pro, Poetica Std, Sanvito Pro, and Voluta Script Pro because flowing faces like scripts are best used large; And, Chaparral Pro Display and Subhead, Cronos Pro Display, Garamond Premier Pro Display, and Minion Pro Condensed Display and Subhead because these optical styles are meant for use as headings and display type.
These PostScript-based Adobe fonts are a wonderful complement to the rest of the Adobe catalog, which we continue to serve with Adobe engineers’ carefully hinted TrueType outlines for the best rendering at small sizes.