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Serif, San Serif, Regular, Bold, Italic What's that?

Did you finish your book, hire a proofreader, and did they do a great job? Sensational! Now we have to beautify the interior. That's where a man or a woman comes in... ( wait for it, we're not so formal ); They are known as editorial designers. They are the ones who will do that work, this part is called layout, interior design of the text, layout ( for those who are good at the English language ). This is in case you don't dare to do it yourself, which I don't recommend and I'll explain why it wouldn't be a very good idea. A bad layout can result in an aesthetic and layout disaster for your book.

Imagine if you have a sweet tooth like me when it comes to sweets, you enter the store and want to try everything. Come on, you end up with a sweet tooth that I'll tell you about! Well, that's how you'll end up when you encounter the world of fonts.

What if serif... what if san serif, bold , regular..., and so on. That way you'll be holding on to the many things that you're going to discover.

Before, so that you understand, I will explain it to you in a simple way, as if you were a “six-year-old” child. Do you remember that? Denzel Washington, in the movie Philadelphia.

Families have heads, a father and a mother; the trunks, so are the fountains. The Serif are a trunk and the Sanserif are another. Then the brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts appear.

The regular, bold , italic and others that will appear will be the children, nephews and third cousins. It is a big family in which some get along well and others not so much.

Font San Serif:

they are the fonts that have endings called serifs at their bases and at the top, it is as if they could stand alone. A well-known source is the world-renowned TIME NEW ROMAN.

Sans serif:

these are the characters that lack, let's say, the legs that the serifs mentioned above have. Sans Serif are also known as Dry stick and are recommended for ebooks ; because they allow the eyes to rest while reading on the devices, although today, Kindle tablets allow the reader not only to alter the size of the fonts, but also allow them to change from an Arial font to a Baskerville and so on until you feel comfortable.

You will have to decide between which font to use for the body of the text and which one for the title. The one in the body is smaller while the one in the title will take up many more points (pt). Then you must recognize which family you will use to highlight in a body of text, will it be bold, bold italic , regular narrow, italic narrow ? The fonts have a wide range of families to choose from.

This is why the layout designer knows perfectly well what fonts to use and how to structure the

Sample of what paragraphs look like according to fonts and point sizes

paragraphs. Yes, that's another one, the paragraphs, in that area there are also things to evaluate, the designer must consider what style of paragraph will make your work look. Spanish, French or block paragraph, there are many other styles. You will also decide whether to include any capital fonts with decorative designs. In short, it is his job and with his years of experience he will use the best techniques so that your work is perfect.

We hope that this information is of interest to you.


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