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Penitentiary Gothic

Penitentiary Gothic

by E-phemera
Individual Styles from $30.00
Complete family of 5 fonts: $100.00
Penitentiary Gothic Font Family was designed by Richard Lucas, Andrew Leman and published by E-phemera. Penitentiary Gothic contains 5 styles and family package options.

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About Penitentiary Gothic Font Family


Penitentiary Gothic is a digital recreation of the letters used on California state license plates, designed in order to make props for movies and television shows. The regular style is meant to be used on its own, but the other four styles are meant to be used one on top of another in different colors to create an embossed 3D effect. For best results, use the fill style in a dark color on top of a light colored background. Put the lolite style directly on top of the fill style in 10 - 30% of the background color. Put the hilite style directly on top of that in 10 - 30% of your fill color. Put the shadow style directly on top of that using your background color plus 50 - 80% black.

Designers: Richard Lucas, Andrew Leman

Publisher: E-phemera

Foundry: E-phemera

Design Owner: E-phemera

MyFonts debut: Nov 10, 2003

Penitentiary Gothic

About E-phemera

E-phemera fonts are meant to revive type from years gone by in a way which captures the feeling of pre-digital printing technology. Most of the fonts in the collection were first developed for private use in designing vintage prop documents for movies and television shows. E-phemera fonts are inspired by old printed and hand-lettered material, and are usually designed a little rough and a little irregular, in deliberate defiance of the crisp perfection and merciless uniformity of modern digital fonts. Multiple letterforms and ligatures are provided, when possible and practical. We here at E-phemera fonts love computers and wouldn't do without them, but we also wish to remember and celebrate the days when every letter was an individual piece of metal or wood, and not just a collection of BCP data. Print is dead. Long live print!

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