Whats the difference between Serif and Sans Serif Fonts?

Whats the difference between Serif and Sans Serif Fonts?


hey everybody its witch doctor here back again with another lettering tutorial I’m going to talk about something kind of technical not so interesting a little bit boring maybe to some people but let’s talk about the difference between serif and sans-serif. so you may have heard typefaces being referred to as this before, either a Serif or a Sans-serif font. A serif is the little line that you might find on a piece of type on different typefaces. for example if you have an A and there’s little lines at the top and bottom. these are the serifs and sans serif… sans just means “without”. so a sans-serif “A” is just an a that doesn’t have these kind of a straight line I mean there’s different variation on this. you can still have bold serif and sans-serif so that’s kind of an extreme version of an a that would be considered sans-serif italics so it doesn’t really matter the style of it so much is this little thing when you have a seraph there are different types too there might be a flat serif and that would be in a font typeface like bodoni and that’s going to just have a thin straight stroke attached at the end of each line of the letter it usually doesn’t have any kind of connection or anything just kind of there as opposed to a Roman which might be something like Times New Roman and that one that’s similar to a flat but it has a little bit of a connection its kind of rounded where it’s connected there so instead of just being at the end of it I got a little bit of a smooth curve going in and out of it Serifs are meant, er, are intended to help readability at small sizes so kind of carries your eye along so you’ll often see sans-serif as a headline font and then a serif as something more like body copy. the third type of serif, and there’s probably more, but these are kind of the basics this one will be called an Egyptian [serif] or slab [serif] and that would be a font like maybe Rockwell so so this is one kind of like a flat serif but really thick so imagine that these are kind of like big boxes instead just a big slab, thats why they call it that you can kind of get a sense of how they start to look. I have a magazine here to kind of look at some different things. so here we’re looking at the Scientific American typeface and in the… I’ve already kind of circled some things in yellow here but if you look at the serifs here on the eye it’s kind of a flat serif so I would guess that to be, if you had to guess the font that’s probably something like bodoni it’s interesting if you look at the end kind of has more of a combination you know it’s kind of more like a times its Roman serif it’s sort of round it as it goes in and out of it so I don’t know this is probably there’s typefaces that can sort of combine the two these [bodoni &times] are kind of the extremes and then you notice that this is sort of a san serif font that they’re going to use here for the big bet the big headline and you know there’s different strokes these you can notice that these aren’t totally vertical so that’s kinda how they vary different typefaces with that and there’s lots of different ways just to kind of give you a basic idea. if we’re to open this up you see that a lot of this type in here see that but most of that a well this side is a serif and then to change it up, they use the sans-serif. here is a little call out [using a sans-serif to stand out]. so looking imagining some things are a great way to sort of recognize the differences and how they’re used and once you start to notice them more you can start to use them in your work and your own lettering so as always thanks for watching and please leave any comments or questions in the comments section below and don’t forget to subscribe as i’ll be putting out more of these each week thanks again for watching hope to see you next time

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