I agree with the summary.inautilus wrote: ↑Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:04 am@Jaymos ...
... the available real estate is severely limiting to accommodate two labels per key, and the text block borders...
... font could be sized up a little bit, maybe 10-15% in height, it might be a good thing to utilize some version of bold, and of course it should likely be a true type condensed font. (I have found that overriding by manually compressing usually tends to produce letters with jagged edges on the curves).
So the the borders ... while visually appealing ...well, its a function first, form second kind of thing. I still want them ... but if they were to go, all would still be OK.
I have no idea how to do font compression properly in Autocad, but let me tell you how in CorelDraw, maybe some concepts are transplantable:
-- Once you are happy with content of the labels, I mean different fonts & font sizes & BOLD to make it legible, you tell CorelDraw to convert the true type fonts to CURVES. Now all fonts are in VECTORS. Now you can shift each letter, each spacing and the individual strokes to improve and condense further IN VECTOR form, so that no jagged edges start happening, AND so that the rendering equipment can still print and cut etc in VECTOR form.
I agree.The menu key differentiation effect can still be achieved by the use of the max black, full gloss text relief background technique (re the HP-42S).
We have two options on the table:As an aside, regarding the keys themselves ... would you happen to know the type or class of coating being used to print ...? Thanks in advance.
1. SwissMicros mentioned to Dani that they will make a template. Coatings and prep I do not know. I will ask Dani to obtain details. I will send PM.
2. TwoWeims mentioned he will try on his Laser Cutter, printing with a Direct to Substrate UV Printer. Maybe TwoWeims could indicate what is possible. I will send PM.
I did get out the the 35s and I like the contrast of the yellow to the pitch black. Of course the shading will be different and must be considered.Lastly, when you get a chance,could you pull out your 35s and look it over. I'm sizing up the fonts on it as a reference ... and would like to know what you see/think.
I added 35s to my scaled pictures in Section 11 of my document. See next post.