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WHAT IS THE SMALLEST FONT SIZE I SHOULD USE?

When you are looking for a font size for your printing job, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider to get the job done for you. These factors include the font style, the line weight, the printing process, the legibility, and the size.

In this article, we will go through the various factors you need to consider when selecting fonts for your designs and your final print.

Font Style

Every font is designed with its own thin and thick lines for its interface. Some fonts may be large but have thin lines and some fonts may be small with thick lines. Most big fonts are easier to read and they are the biggest factor when you are trying to look for a printing size.

The thickness of the line

The thickness of the line is also very important to determine how readable the card or the material being printed on will be. Some fonts are thinner, while some of the fonts are thicker. In offset printing, a minimum of 0.25pt should be used for the thickness. When it comes to digital printing, a thickness of 0.5 pts should be used.

The process of printing

It is important to note that offset printing, digital printing, foil and letterpress printing all have different limitations. To get the best detail, you must use foil and letterpress printing. They will reproduce thin lines with good clarity.

It is important to use fonts that have thin lines. This is to ensure that the minimum thickness requirements of the lines are met. One of the ways you can do this by making use of your design software to make straight 0.25 thick lines.

Legibility

While choosing a new font, you have to ensure that the fonts are small-sized but legible enough. Heavy fonts with definitely interfere with the thin type of fonts. There are other factors which include the reverse type when a light-colored material is printed against a dark-colored background.

The size of your finished project is also another factor when you are selecting font size. On a business card, 6 pts would be ideal for most individuals but not all viewers. Before you submit your job, ensure that you view your project on a screen to be sure that your work is legible and does not have issues. 

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