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Purchasing

You can purchase my fonts at these resellers: MyFonts, Fonts, FontShop, Linotype, Creative Market

License

When purchasing a font, you need to understand where you are going to use it. On a computer, on a website, in an application? How many people on your team are working on the project? How many visitors per month visit the project website? These questions will help you determine which license you need.

What types of licenses are there?

The most common licenses are Desktop and Webfont, but there are also App, ePub, Server, Digital Ads, and Custom licenses. A Desktop license applies to everything you create on a computer using a font and/or publish as an image. This one is the most popular and depends on the number of users working with the font. A Webfont license is required to use the font on the website. It is based on page views per month.

Which one to choose?

For example, you have a team of 4 designers working on a brand. To promote it on the web, you also create a website. At the moment you need a Desktop license for 1-5 users for your team and also a Webfont license. If your client plans to create content on his own using a font, he needs another one desktop license.

OpenType

What is OpenType?

It is a modern standard that allowed to contain over 65000 characters in a single font file, supports Unicode, and allowed a font to be displayed unified in different countries, in different languages, on different operating systems. Nowadays it is supported in both .ttf and .otf font extensions.

Features

OpenType improves typography. Its features such as classes, ligatures, substitutions, and others make the font smart and flexible. All the typefaces from Michael Rafailyk are released in OpenType, all of them have kerning and most have features such as ligatures, stylistic alternates, contextual alternates, stylistic sets, fractions, superscript, and subscript.

How to use OpenType features?

In graphics editors like InDesign or Illustrator, open the OpenType panel to control, enable and disable features. Most of them, such as ligatures or contextual alternates, are enabled by default, while some, such as fractions of stylistic sets, need to be enabled manually if needed. Symbols containing stylistic alternates allow you to manually set their alternates by selecting the given symbol in the text. If you want to apply stylistic alternates to the entire text block – try the stylistic set.

On the web, OpenType features are controlled by CSS.

Variable fonts

What is it and what are its advantages?

Most of my font families include a variable font version. It is a single .ttf or .otf font file that may include all the styles in a family and any variations in between. Watch the video with variable font in action. Looking for some special weight between Regular and Bold? Variable font lets you use a sliders (axes) to create a new font style. It could be a Weight axis between Light and Black, a Width axis between Condensed and Extended, an Optical Size axis, and others. You can use them separately or together, and, for example, create some new unique style between Regular, Bold, Condensed, and Extended. The price of a variable font is often lower than the price of a complete font family pack and you get significantly more than all the individual styles.

Read more about variable fonts for brands and check out the list of applications and operating systems that support variable fonts to be sure it fits your project.

How to use the variable font features?

In graphics editors from Adobe: Make sure that your text is selected. The Variable Font button will appear near the Font Style list on the Character panel. Click it to open the sliders.

On the web: The variations are accessed through CSS. Read this guide for details. Besides the fact that you can choose the style you want, you can also animate it.

Support

Got questions about using my font families or its features? Not sure which license to choose? Want to expand language support? Need a custom font? Feel free to email me at type@michaelrafailyk.com to resolve your issue.

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