Whether or not you know its name, you’ve undoubtedly seen P22’s Cézanne font, [P22 Cezanne example] a faithful rendition of the French artist’s handwriting, used in various media, from TV to CD covers to websites and more. Tuesday P22 announced a new and improved version of this popular font as P22 Cézanne Pro, created by James Grieshaber, longtime collaborator with P22 Type Foundry.

[P22 Cezanne Pro example]

This new version provides up to six (!) alternatives of a particular letter so that this script font appears more irregular and natural. Note the differences in the letters above, for example, such as the lowercase 'e,' lowercase 'n,' and uppercase 'P.'

Taking advantage of dynamic OpenType features, the individual letter style differences will occur automatically, but designers have the option of manually selecting specific letter styles if desired, too. You’ll need to use an application that supports the dynamic OpenType features, such as programs within the Adobe Creative Suite (CS and the new CS2) or the upcoming new version of Quark Xpress. If you don’t happen to use any of those, PostScript and TrueType versions of the Cézanne alternate fonts are available, too.

For this example above, within Photoshop CS2 I used the OpenType settings checked for “Discretionary Ligatures” and just typed the letters. (Access the OpenType options via the Type palette. See also P22’s Using Opentype, accessing features.) The differences in the letters appeared automatically.

P22 Cézanne Pro will be available June 1st via the P22 Type Foundry website. From my initial experiments with this new font, I suspect P22 Cézanne Pro will be even more popular than the already highly popular Cézanne. If you’re not already familiar with P22’s fonts, check them out. I’ve always been highly impressed with their quality, beauty, what they have to offer, and their wonderful creativeness. Here’s the press release about this new font.

P22 Announces the Release of Cézanne Pro

P22’s Cézanne is one of the most intriguing script fonts in recent years. It defies the stereotype of the typical font because of its striking look of natural hand lettering. Designers often choose Cézanne for this reason alone. The elongated crossbar of the 't' and the waving baseline are only two of the features that make it such a distinctive face. Cézanne appears just about everywhere, including dozens of CD covers, coffee shop and restaurant facades, menus, packaging, book jackets and even in scrap booking accents. As a result, Cézanne is one of the most popular fonts in the P22 library.

Designers consider Cézanne ideal for various projects. However, one of the drawbacks of its great popularity is that Cézanne may have become too recognizable and possibly not as irregular as one would wish for in a handwriting font. For example, when duplicate letters appear next to each other in a word written in Cézanne, they look identical in all instances. Longtime P22 collaborator James Grieshaber took these concerns to heart and resolved both issues by using the dynamic OpenType format.

The result of Grieshaber’s efforts is Cézanne Pro, an expansive suite of options that allows for several-as many as six!-versions of each letter. There are hundreds of automatic substitutions programmed into the font but designers can also hand-select individual letters for just the right look.

P22 Cézanne Pro includes full western and central European character sets and Cyrillic for typesetting in dozens of languages. It features several types of numerals (lining, oldstyle proportional, tabular, superscript, subscript and fractions), ligatures, snap-on swashes, and word glyphs (the, of, le, and, etc.). This new Cézanne Pro OpenType font includes over 1,000 glyphs and “smart features” that will automatically substitute letter combinations to create an even more natural handwriting effect than was possible with its predecessor.

More and more applications are taking advantage of OpenType features. Users of, for example, Adobe’s Creative Suite and the upcoming Quark Xpress, can take Cézanne to a whole new level. For those who cannot yet use OpenType features, PostScript and TrueType versions of the Cézanne alternate fonts are available. These can be manually intermixed with the original Cézanne to create effects similar to those in the OpenType version or they can be used on their own to achieve the familiar yet “not quite Cézanne” look.

P22 Cézanne Pro brings new flexibility to a proven face, one that thousands of designers worldwide have found irresistible. P22- not your typical type.

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