Typefaces and fonts
A font is a set of characters and symbols created with a distinct design. The distinct design is called a
typeface. The typefaces you select add personality to a document. Well-chosen typefaces make a document
easier to read.
The printer has numerous resident fonts in PCL 6 and PostScript 3 emulations. See
listing of all resident fonts.
Weight and style
Typefaces are often available in different weights and styles. These variations modify the original typeface so
you can, for example, emphasize important words in text or highlight book titles. The different weights and
styles are designed to complement the original typeface.
Weight refers to the thickness of the lines that form the characters. Thicker lines result in darker characters.
Some words commonly used to describe the weight of a typeface are bold, medium, light, black, and heavy.
Style refers to other typeface modifications, such as tilt or character width. Italic and oblique are styles
where the characters are tilted. Narrow, condensed, and extended are three common styles that modify the
Some fonts combine several weight and style modifications; for example, Helvetica Narrow Bold Italic. A
group of several weight and style variations of a single typeface is called a typeface family. Most typeface
families have four variations: regular, italic, bold, and bold italic. Some families have more variations, as the
following illustration for the Helvetica typeface family shows:
Pitch and point size
The size of a font is specified as either a pitch or point size, depending on whether the font is fixed space or