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Simple Explanation of Font Terms Medium, Semi-Bold etc

Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2014 Jun 03, 2014

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Hi there

I have been looking at different font options and i am slightly confused by some of the terms. Can any body tell me where the "Medium" and "Semi-Bold" fonts fall in relation to the terms: Display, Subhead, Body/Text, Caption. I have read the following article: Adobe - Fonts : Type topics: Optical Size but still don't know where they fit in.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 03, 2014 Jun 03, 2014

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Optical Size terms are orthogonal to Weight terms, and thus have no relationship. Think of Optical Size as a different axis, similarly to how the Width axis (Compressed, Condensed, etc) is independent from the Weight axis.

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Explorer ,
Jun 04, 2014 Jun 04, 2014

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Thank you Miguel.

So, what would 'Medium' and 'Semi bold conventionally be used for? I'm just trying to figure out if i need to buy them or not.

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Jun 04, 2014 Jun 04, 2014

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That's up to you. There's no prescription to when to use Medium, Semibold, or Bold. Use Medium or Semibold wherever Bold looks too heavy, I guess.

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