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PT Serif from Paratype (part two)

This review of PT Serif is part two of our PT Sans review. After the successful release of PT Sans in 2009 Paratype published an additional companion Serif typeface in January 2011. The credits go to the professional type designers Alexan­dra Korolkova, Olga Umpel­eva and Vladimir Yefi­movand. PT Serif matches PT Sans in metrics and contrast (mostly), expanding and evolve the usage range of both font families.The technical quality and the language support matches the very well done PT Sans fonts. So at this review, this package of Sans and Serif fonts is the lonely free font flagship at the free font galaxy. Maybe we will see an upcoming commercial extension like PT Sans Pro.

Paratype again gives us six additional Serif fonts with Latin and Cyril­lic lan­guage sup­port. Since PT Sans is not the super-sexy typeface PT Serif isn’t it as well. It’s legible of good nature and a welcome replacement for Times New Roman. This article uses PT Serif as web­font and I think the fonts per­form­ing very well.

PT Serif comes with four style linked mem­bers Reg­u­lar, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic includ­ing a wider ver­sion called Cap­tion. Cap­tion is very nice for small body text.

compare it with PT Sans - body text sample -
This review of PT Serif is part two of our PT Sans review. After the successful release of PT Sans in 2009 Paratype published an additional companion Serif typeface in January 2011. The credits go to the professional type designers Alexan­dra Korolkova, Olga Umpel­eva and Vladimir Yefi­movand. PT Serif matches PT Sans in metrics and contrast (mostly), expanding and evolve the usage range of both font families.The technical quality and the language support matches the very well done PT Sans fonts. So at this review, this package of Sans and Serif fonts is the lonely free font flagship at the free font galaxy. Maybe we will see an upcoming commercial extension like PT Sans Pro.

Paratype again gives us six additional Serif fonts with Latin and Cyril­lic lan­guage sup­port. If PT Sans is not the super-sexy typeface PT Serif isn’t it as well. It’s leg­i­ble of good nature and a welcome replacement for Time New Roman. This article uses PT Serif as web­font and I think the fonts per­form­ing very well.

PT Serif Caption - body text sample -
This is a sample text of the PT Serif Caption font. You can see it’s notable wider. That looks good on screen too!
80% If I go further and decrease the onscreen font size, PT Serif Captions stays quite legible.

70% The hinter have more space to render wider font designs, so they look mostly superior onscreen compared to more condensed fonts.

PT Sans Caption - body text sample -
This is a sample text of the PT Sans Caption font. You can see it’s notable wider. That looks good on screen too!
80% If I go further and decrease the onscreen font size, PT Sans Captions stays quite legible.

70% The hinter have more space to render wider font designs, so they look mostly superior onscreen compared to more condensed fonts.

PT Serif and PT Serif Caption

PT Sans versus PT Serif

If we compare the performance of PT Sans Regular and PT Serif Regular we will see both play well together even onscreen. The Serif is wider and has more tracking that’s totally common. The same is true for the Italics. But the Bold weights of PT Serif are notable wider compared with PT Sans Bold. I think there is a little mismatch in contrast in most situations this is of lower importance. The PT Serif Caption looks notable darker and sometimes like a Slab Serif design. Some details of Serif Caption are quite unsexy. For example have a closer look to the letter g. OK, that’s related with it’s optimization for better onscreen performance – use it with caution at bigger font sizes.

PT Serif involves all the notable details of PT Sans. It’s a good replacement font for Times New Roman – but nothing more. PT Serifs true power comes into play in combination with PT Sans.

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Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
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АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПР
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PT Serif, Italic

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H&H ¿n? ¡n! ““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
iāäåģćžłlīlїlōõśżçąęįųßńŗķļņ
ѓйїќўё
абвгдежзийлнпрстухцч
шщъыьэюя
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR
STUVWXYZ
АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПР
СТУФХЦЧШЩЪЬЭЮЯ

PT Serif, Bold

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
H0123456789 €$£¢ ¼½¾
H&H ¿n? ¡n! ““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
iāäåģćžłlīlїlōõśżçąęįųßńŗķļņ
ѓйїќўё
абвгдежзийлнпрстухцч
шщъыьэюя
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR
STUVWXYZ
АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПР
СТУФХЦЧШЩЪЬЭЮЯ

PT Serif, Bold Italic

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
H0123456789 €$£¢ ¼½¾
H&H ¿n? ¡n! ““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
iāäåģćžłlīlїlōõśżçąęįųßńŗķļņ
ѓйїќўё
абвгдежзийлнпрстухцч
шщъыьэюя
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR
STUVWXYZ
АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПР
СТУФХЦЧШЩЪЬЭЮЯ

PT Serif Caption, Regular

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
H0123456789 €$£¢ ¼½¾
H&H ¿n? ¡n! ““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
iāäåģćžłlīlїlōõśżçąęįųßńŗķļņ
ѓйїќўё
абвгдежзийлнпрстухцч
шщъыьэюя
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR
STUVWXYZ
АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПР
СТУФХЦЧШЩЪЬЭЮЯ

PT Serif Caption, Italic

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
H0123456789 €$£¢ ¼½¾
H&H ¿n? ¡n! ““”„«».:,; ©®™
Hh xyvy gygj fllfkfttffifjfì
iāäåģćžłlīlїlōõśżçąęįųßńŗķļņ
ѓйїќўё
абвгдежзийлнпрстухцч
шщъыьэюя
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR
STUVWXYZ
АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПР
СТУФХЦЧШЩЪЬЭЮЯ

details of PT Sans versus PT Serif

details of PT Serif versus PT Serif Caption


Free Font Score Rating: 72%

technical quality: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
on screen performance: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
usage range: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
fun factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
free license factor: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
overall: ♦ ♦ ♦

PT Serif font package


Resources:
PT Sans and PT Serif at Paratype – web fonts already included but very big files
PT Sans at Google font directory
PT Sans Pro at Paratype
PT Sans Pro at MyFonts
PT Sans at Wikipedia
 

For this review I used the files from the Paratype site and converted the fonts with the Fontsquirrel @font-face generator (new hinting, new vertical metrics, no sub-setting, all opentype features included). The files are a lot smaller compared to the original web font files from Paratype, tracking may differ.

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