Ink trap

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Małgorzata Budyta's Kurier, a font with ink traps

An ink trap is a feature of certain typefaces, where the corners or details are removed from the letterforms. When the type is printed, ink naturally spreads into the removed area. Without ink traps, the excess ink would blob and ruin the crisp edge.[1]

Ink traps are only needed for small point sizes and are usually only found on typefaces designed for printing on newsprint. Fonts of this kind are applicable for classifieds or telephone books.

Typefaces featuring ink traps include Kurier, Bell Centennial, and Tang.[2]


  1. ^ Heller, Steven; Pettit, Elinor (1998). Design dialogues. Allworth Communications, Inc. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-58115-007-0. 
  2. ^ Haaparanta, Tomi (2004). "This is Tang!". Suomi Type Foundry. Retrieved 11 July 2013.