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Weight & Width

Weight & Width

Author: Nancy Esslinger

In this lesson you will learn to distinguish and name different type weights and widths.

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Terms to Know

A weight of a typeface that is thicker than regular.


Part of a typeface name that describes width. Condensed typefaces take up less space along the baseline.


Part of a typeface name that describes width. Expanded typefaces take up more space along the baseline.


A weight of a typeface that is thinner than regular.


The normal weight of a typeface.

Set Width

A command in a computer graphics application that condenses or expands type along the baseline.

Type Weight

The thickness of a letter stroke.