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wswartzendruber
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:47 pm    Post subject: Making Fonts Thicker Reply with quote

Is there someway I can make all the fonts just a tad thicker?
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BitJam
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no expert but I would suggest changing your X Server DPI setting and then selecting fonts with a different point size. Here are some tips for adjusting the X Server DPI. I've got an Nvidia card so I just put the following line in the "Device" section of xorg.conf:
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Option      "DPI"                   "120 x 120"

I don't know of any way to directly fine tune font thickness.

The method I suggest is based on the premise that fonts with different point sizes have different relative thicknesses so an enlarged font with a smaller point size will be thicker than a non-enlarged font with a larger point size. Your current DPI should be in your Xorg.log (or Xorg.0.log) file. I *think* a larger DPI will magnify your fonts allowing you to use fonts with a smaller point size which should be a little thicker.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The proper answer to your question is "no" - it would only be "yes" if screens had the same DPI that decent laser printers enjoy. I.e. 600+ rather than 96-120-ish.

However, there's the "Gibson" tweak that I mention, and the old Ubuntu patches (together with the flexibility of fontconfig), and the newer Infinality freetype patch that I use and recommend. It's all there in the Gentoo fonts thread.
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