When you know the characters to be set, the font involved, the amount of text and the space in which its to be placed; typesetting can still be challenging. Setting static type on a static curve – well that’s another challenge. Performing these tasks when all these things are unknown until a variable page is printed – well that’s a different story. And, those are the capabilities PSL delivers – in spades.

Professional grade typesetting can be applied to variable data and be based on variables as well. For example the font to be used can be based on a variable (such as gender) in the merge data. Dozens of commands are available and each with a high degree of control. For (just one) example the underlining command permits specification of “how far under” the underline goes and, as well, it’s weight. Furthermore such “distances” are based on ascender and descender length of the font in question. The same is true of sub and superscripting. Using TrueType™ and OpenType™ fonts means scaling, line weight, filling, slant and rotation, shadowing, mirroring, etc. are all under program control. The same is true for letter spacing (tracking), word spacing and leading.

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Variations in Text Samples

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Specialized Fonts Samples

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