Adobe Jenson

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Adobe Jenson
Adobe Jenson.svg
Category Serif
Classification Old-style
Designer(s) Robert Slimbach
Foundry Adobe Type
Design based on Nicolas Jenson
Not to be confused with Janson.

Adobe Jenson is an old-style serif typeface drawn for Adobe Systems by its chief type designer Robert Slimbach. Its Roman styles are based on a text face cut by Nicolas Jenson in Venice around 1470, and its italics are based on those created by Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi fifty years later.

Jenson is an organic, somewhat idiosyncratic font, with a low x-height, and inconsistencies that help differentiate letters. It is considered a highly readable typeface appropriate for large amounts of text, and is accordingly often used in book design for body text.


Optical sizing in Adobe Jenson

Adobe Jenson was first released in 1996 as a multiple master font.[1] It was created using sophisticated interpolation or multiple master technology, to create a range of weights and optical sizes suitable for different text sizes.[2] This partial automation of font creation was intended to allow a gradual trend in styles from solid, chunky designs for caption-size small print to more graceful and slender designs for headings.[3][a] It is now sold in the standard OpenType font format under the name Adobe Jenson Pro.[6]

Adobe Jenson Pro[edit]

Adobe Jenson Pro is an OpenType update of the original family. The font family supports Adobe CE, ISO-Adobe (later Adobe Western 2), dingbat character sets. The family comes with 4 weights each in roman and italic, and 4 optical sizes. Supported OpenType features include Stylistic alternates, ligatures, proportional numbers, old style figures, small caps, subscripts and superscripts, ordinals, and swashes (italic fonts only).

Optical sizes Caption Regular Subhead Display
Intended point sizes 6–9 9–13.4 13.4–21.9 21.9–72


  1. ^ "SOTA Typography Award Honors Robert Slimbach". SOTA. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "DesigningMultiple Master Typefaces" (PDF). Adobe. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Riggs, Tamye. "The Adobe Originals Silver Anniversary Story". Typekit blog. Adobe. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Phinney, Thomas. "Font Remix Tools (RMX) and Multiple Master Fonts in type design". Phinney. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Phinney, Thomas. "TrueType, PostScript Type 1, & OpenType: What's the Difference?" (PDF). Adobe. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Twardoch, Slimbach, Sousa, Slye (2007). Arno Pro (PDF). San Jose: Adobe Systems. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  1. ^ The original goal was that this would be controllable from inside applications using text, so a user could fine-tune the font to the exact form they needed (thickness, optical size, level of condensation, etc.)[4] Making apps support this proved impractical, and so instead multiple master fonts have been released in a set of styles likely to be useful.[5]

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