How to make a font thinner?


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This font looks like a "thin" Open Sans, how they do it? Or maybe it's a different font?

10/30/2013 1:34:00 PM

Accepted Answer

There are actually a handful of different weights for Open Sans. This is most likely the Open Sans Light 300.

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10/30/2013 2:21:00 PM

Since it's already pointed out there is a thin weight for Open Sans called Open Sans Light 300 there is actually a way you can create thin text within Illustrator.

Convert the text to an outline by:

  • Switch to the Selection tool and choose Type → Create Outlines.
  • You can also use the keyboard command Ctrl+Shift+O (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+O (Mac).
  • Select the text and Right click → Create Outlines.
  • After the text has been converted to outlines add a stroke in the stroke panel or Window → Stroke:

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  • Select Align Stroke To Inside:

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  • Select the outside paths of the text and delete.
  • I would suggest after removing the original type path for you to kern the type.

A good video to watch about kerning is "Typography Tip To Help With Kerning" but you could adjust the kerning before converting the text to outlines.

EDIT: AS indicated by DA01's comment I would also like to address this method is not ideal for body text and it should be reviewed with a fine tooth if you plan on using this for Serif Fonts. Especially look at the Ear, Terminal, Tail, and Bracket.