TIL about ink traps

An ink trap is a feature of certain typefaces designed for printing in small sizes. At an ink trap, the corners or details are removed from the letterforms. When the type is printed, ink naturally spreads into the removed area. Without ink traps, the excess ink would soak outwards and ruin the crisp edge.


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  1. Jan Boddez Avatar

    Chuck Grimmett’s note on ink traps reminded me of a similar trick semiconductor manufacturers use to be able to print straight corners and the like. Light, when passed through a small enough grating (such as a photomask), gets weird.

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