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Type Classifications
Adobe® typefaces are organized in the Type Classification pop-up menu according to a simplified version of the internationally recognized system adopted by the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). In addition to the traditional classifications of typefaces by historical origin, we have added some that are unique to the Adobe Type Library, such as Adobe Originals® and OpenType® typefaces.
Adobe Originals Blackletter Capitals Computer Related Cyrillic
Adobe Originals
Within the Adobe Type Library is a growing collection of original typefaces that have been designed exclusively for Adobe by in-house and consultant type designers, specifically to meet the demands of electronic publishing. Adobe Originals typefaces include both new designs and revivals of classics from typographic history.
Blackletter
Blackletter typefaces – sometimes referred to as Old English or Gothic – were used for text in Germany until World War II, but are now primarily used as display type.
Capitals
These typefaces contain all capitals and are designed for titling and other display purposes, where they will primarily be displayed at large sizes.
Computer Related
Typefaces in this group are primarily used for computer-related purposes, such as numerical scanning or optical character recognition.
Cyrillic
Named after Saint Cyril, who brought modern learning to Eastern Europe, Cyrillic alphabets have the same roots as Latin alphabets –Greek script – and are used for Russian and other Slavic languages.
Decorative Didone (Modern) Expert Collection Garalde Oldstyle Glyphic
Decorative & Display
While typefaces in this group incorporate elements from many different styles, they are most effective when used at large sizes for display purposes, such as headlines and titles.
Didone (Modern)
Improvements in late 18th century paper production, composition, printing and binding made it possible to develop a type style with strong vertical emphasis and fine hairlines. Named after Didot and Bodoni, Didone types include strong contrast between thick and thin strokes, curved strokes on a vertical axis, and often, serifs with no brackets.
Expert Collection
The Adobe Expert Collection character sets are designed to meet the exacting requirements of professional typographers and designers. These sets include old style (lowercase) figures, small capitals, fractions, superior and inferior figures, and a complete set of f-ligatures.
Garalde Oldstyle
Garalde typefaces include some of the most popular roman styles in use today. The distinguishing features of Garalde typefaces are apparent in Adobe Garamond, which has a horizontal bar on the lowercase e, a slightly greater contrast between thick and thin strokes than Venetian types, axis curves that are inclined to the left, and bracketed serifs.
Glyphic
Unlike letterforms created with pen or brush, glyphic designs are based on letters carved or chiselled in stone. Since most inscribed letters are capitals, glyphic typefaces also tend to have only capitals. Some of these can be used effectively for text, but most are better suited to display applications such as posters, packaging and book titles.
Greek Hand-Tooled Japanese Mathematical Monospaced
Greek
Celebrating the beauty of Hellenic letterforms, several Adobe fonts now include monotonic Greek glyphs, and a few also contain historical polytonic Greek glyphs, used primarily in biblical and Byzantine scholarship.
Hand-tooled, Inline, Outline, Stencil
These display typefaces have a special design appearance on the face of the letters, in most cases the removal of all or part of the fill of the characters or the inclusion of a distinctive highlight engraved or “tooled” into the left side of the character strokes.
Japanese
Drawing on a rich cultural heritage, Adobe's Japanese typefaces are rooted in traditional Japanese typeface design, but have a clear and original touch reflecting the modern era.
Mathematical
These typefaces include special mathematical symbols used when setting equations and other formulas.
Monospaced
All of the characters in a monospaced typeface have the same width. Most typefaces have proportionally-spaced characters, but monospaced characters are often required when setting text on forms, financial statements and other documents where exact spacing is required.
OpenType Pro Opticals Ornamentals Phonetic Sans Serif
OpenType Pro
OpenType Pro fonts include expanded character sets to support central European languages, and some also support Greek and/or Cyrillic. The language coverage varies by family.
Opticals
Optical fonts include versions whose design has been optimized to appear best when printed at Display, Subhead and Caption point sizes as well as when used at smaller text sizes. The subtle difference adds a professional polish to any fine print piece.
Ornamentals
Ornamental typefaces contain decorative ornaments or symbols in some or all of the character positions instead of letters. These ornaments can be used to embellish or decorate documents.
Phonetic
Phonetic alphabets contain special linguistic characters that are used to describe pronunciation. These typefaces are appropriate for dictionaries, language guides, linguistic texts, or wherever else spoken sounds need to be typographically represented.
Sans Serif
Though the first sans serif (without serif) typeface was issued in 1816, another hundred years passed before this style gained popularity. Highly legible for both display and text use, sans serifs generally fall into one of four categories: Grotesque, Neo-Grotesque, Geometric and Humanist.
Script Slab Serif Small Caps Swash Symbol
Script
Since a Parisian printer created the first in 1643, script typefaces have become almost as numerous as the handwriting instruments – brush, broad-edged pen or pointed pen – that they were designed to imitate. Script typefaces often mimic handwriting techniques by joining letters with connecting lines.
Slab Serif
Born out of the Industrial Revolution and the increased use of posters, billboards and other forms of advertising, slab serif typefaces, with their strong, square finishing strokes, are extremely effective for commanding readers' attention.
Small Caps & Old Style Figures
Some typefaces include sets of small capitals and old style figures to complement the regular (base) typeface. In these packages, small capitals substitute for lowercase letters, while old style (nonlining or lowercase) numerals replace modern (lining or uppercase) numerals.
Swash
These typefaces contains special ornamental swashes – or flowing extensions to the character strokes – that add grace and beauty to the letterforms. Swash characters are intended to be used for initialing purposes and as decorative capitals.
Symbol
Symbol typefaces have been created for a variety of nontext uses: musical notation, map making, mathematics, newspaper and commercial publishing, and even desktop publishing. These packages can put the finishing touch on a project or help with specialized tasks.
Transitional Venetian
Transitional
Containing elements of both Garalde and modern (Didone) typefaces, transitional typefaces are beautifully suited to text because of their regularity and precision. The axis of the round characters is vertical or barely inclined, the contrast between hairlines and main strokes is slightly pronounced, and serifs are thin, flat and bracketed
Venetian Oldstyle
Named after the first roman typefaces that appeared in Venice in 1470, Venetian typefaces were initially designed to imitate the handwriting of Italian Renaissance scholars. These typefaces originated as book type and still serve that function well because of their clarity and legibility.