I went and spoke to a number of people about trying to create a piece of software that would be able to detect the amount of pixels contained within a letter form. It was only till after I spoke to Clifford that he explained that a vector test similar to the pixel text would prove more effective and efficient. He said he might know someone in the CT industry who would or may be able to help create the program. For now at least I have managed to work out a way of testing the amount of pixels in a letterform through the use Photoshop. It was explained to me that you could work out how many pixels are in a specific area of an image by simply selecting an area, then go to the window drop down. Select the menu button and then press expanded view. This will or should then give you a number of the amount of pixels in the selected area. With this information I aim to test a number of different fonts including, Bodoni, Helvetica Neue Light, Ryman Eco, Eco-Font (default) and Garamond.
As discussed on the previous page, I found that ink isn’t really harmful to the environment. Most solvent inks aren’t even being produced in this current year 2016. It’s evident that “Letterpress and rotogravure printing were the major technologies back 100 years ago, and this didn’t change until the late 1950’s, when sheetfed and heatset offset printing gradually took over. Today, letterpress ink is barely even manufactured.” (Savastano, D 2015, P74). Even though digital printing has now taken over the printing industry, there is still the question of how much space a typeface uses. It is still possible to save ink and energy by changing your font in your document?
All images used with permission from Scott Coates.