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Thread started 05/07/19 11:41am

lust

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Prince Album Fonts

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I'm after some album fonts. I know that Mistral (Purple Rain - lyrics) is standard but keen to get as many as I can. Particularly the prince album script and SOTT.

I know this has come up over the years but can't find anything to advise how to get them. Can anyone help?

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Reply #1 posted 05/07/19 5:19pm

LovePaisley

Damn, those are tough ones. You mean cover font, right? Most likely they're custom fonts, meaning the artist designed a font just for that project. Or highly modified an existing one. Even Mistral is modified.

But I might be able to find something similar. I don't have quite the font collection I once had because some of my old fonts don't work in Windows 10, but I'll look.
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Reply #2 posted 05/07/19 5:20pm

LovePaisley

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[Edited 5/7/19 17:20pm]
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Reply #3 posted 05/07/19 6:00pm

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LovePaisley said:

Damn, those are tough ones. You mean cover font, right? Most likely they're custom fonts, meaning the artist designed a font just for that project. Or highly modified an existing one. Even Mistral is modified.

But I might be able to find something similar. I don't have quite the font collection I once had because some of my old fonts don't work in Windows 10, but I'll look.



Thank you. I know that people have created them and I had a bunch about 20 years ago but don’t now.
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Reply #4 posted 05/07/19 6:10pm

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Reply #5 posted 05/07/19 6:19pm

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Here’s a free version of the font used on the Love Symbol album:

https://famfonts.com/prin...eneration/
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Reply #6 posted 05/07/19 8:34pm

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Brilliant. Both of you, thanks heaps.

If anyone has anymore or can just direct me or where to go, I'd be most grateful.

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Reply #7 posted 05/08/19 1:20am

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This question keeps being asked for decades. I wish people would understand that most of these "fonts" that are usually asked about ('Sign O' The Times', 'prince' album, 'Purple Rain' title etc.) are NOT computer fonts.

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They are hand-drawn graphics, the same characters don't look identical, therefore they can't be converted to a character set used by computers. There are imitations out there but they are nothing more than usually very poor quality imitations. And I say very poor quality because even if the characters themselves look alright, such unique designs would require a lot of different kerning-values and ligatures built into the font file so that different combinations of those letters would look equally acceptable. This is where most of these imitations fail miserably, because they were copied from certain words but as soon as you start typing a totally different word with those characters it will look awful.
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[Edited 5/8/19 7:58am]

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Reply #8 posted 05/08/19 3:08am

lust

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^ I bet you’re fun at parties!

As for the ones I’ve already been linked to, thanks again. They look fantastic.
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Reply #9 posted 05/08/19 3:14am

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Doozer said:

Here’s a free version of the font used on the Love Symbol album: https://famfonts.com/prin...eneration/

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It wasn't a font.
And this version is absolutely horrible and useless, whoever made it didn't even care to scan and vectorise the characters properly and had no clue about typography either.

[Edited 5/8/19 3:15am]

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Reply #10 posted 05/08/19 3:43am

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Cover Experience Vol 1 DVD has all the fonts you can dream

[Edited 5/8/19 3:46am]

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Reply #11 posted 05/08/19 3:46am

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Dimitri10 said:

Cover Experience Vol 1 DVD has all the fonts you can dream

[Edited 5/8/19 3:46am]

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You still don't get it, do you... biggrin
Nevermind, I give up.

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Reply #12 posted 05/08/19 7:21am

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Kares said:

This question keeps being asked for decades. I wish people would understand that most of these "fonts" that are usually asked about ('Sign O' The Times', 'Lovesexy', 'prince' album, 'Purple Rain' title etc.) are NOT computer fonts.


.
They are hand-drawn graphics, the same characters don't look identical, therefore they can't be converted to a character set used by computers. There are imitations out there but they are nothing more than usually very poor quality imitations. And I say very poor quality because even if the characters themselves look alright, such unique designs would require a lot of different kerning-values and ligatures built into the font file so that different combinations of those letters would look equally acceptable. This is where most of these imitations fail miserably, because they were copied from certain words ('Lovesexy', 'Purple Rain' etc) but as soon as you start typing a totally different word with those characters it will look awful.
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Were/are you an art major because I enjoyed reading this post.
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Reply #13 posted 05/08/19 7:58am

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MotownSubdivision said:

Kares said:

This question keeps being asked for decades. I wish people would understand that most of these "fonts" that are usually asked about ('Sign O' The Times', 'Lovesexy', 'prince' album, 'Purple Rain' title etc.) are NOT computer fonts.

.
They are hand-drawn graphics, the same characters don't look identical, therefore they can't be converted to a character set used by computers. There are imitations out there but they are nothing more than usually very poor quality imitations. And I say very poor quality because even if the characters themselves look alright, such unique designs would require a lot of different kerning-values and ligatures built into the font file so that different combinations of those letters would look equally acceptable. This is where most of these imitations fail miserably, because they were copied from certain words ('Lovesexy', 'Purple Rain' etc) but as soon as you start typing a totally different word with those characters it will look awful.
.

Were/are you an art major because I enjoyed reading this post.

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No, but I studied art and have done a lot of graphic design in the distant past – and I love books and typography too. (The 'Lovesexy' typeface was done on computer though so my mistake, my memory has failed me on that one.)

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Reply #14 posted 05/08/19 8:05am

MotownSubdivis
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Kares said:



MotownSubdivision said:


Kares said:

This question keeps being asked for decades. I wish people would understand that most of these "fonts" that are usually asked about ('Sign O' The Times', 'Lovesexy', 'prince' album, 'Purple Rain' title etc.) are NOT computer fonts.


.
They are hand-drawn graphics, the same characters don't look identical, therefore they can't be converted to a character set used by computers. There are imitations out there but they are nothing more than usually very poor quality imitations. And I say very poor quality because even if the characters themselves look alright, such unique designs would require a lot of different kerning-values and ligatures built into the font file so that different combinations of those letters would look equally acceptable. This is where most of these imitations fail miserably, because they were copied from certain words ('Lovesexy', 'Purple Rain' etc) but as soon as you start typing a totally different word with those characters it will look awful.
.




Were/are you an art major because I enjoyed reading this post.

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No, but I studied art and have done a lot of graphic design in the distant past – and I love books and typography too. (The 'Lovesexy' typeface was done on computer though so my mistake, my memory has failed me on that one.)

Sweet. I went to school for art and welding a few years ago. One of my favorite art classes was Typography; it's a more fascinating subject than one would assume.
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Reply #15 posted 05/08/19 9:50am

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Kares said:

Dimitri10 said:

Cover Experience Vol 1 DVD has all the fonts you can dream

[Edited 5/8/19 3:46am]

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You still don't get it, do you... biggrin
Nevermind, I give up.

Fair enough

FONT you then

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Reply #16 posted 05/08/19 10:09am

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lust said:

Hi

I'm after some album fonts. I know that Mistral (Purple Rain - lyrics) is standard but keen to get as many as I can. Particularly the prince album script and SOTT.

I know this has come up over the years but can't find anything to advise how to get them. Can anyone help?

Dawnation has many, check for "fonts" in the navigation menu top-left

http://www.dawnation.com/

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Reply #17 posted 05/08/19 10:32am

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Kares said:

Doozer said:

Here’s a free version of the font used on the Love Symbol album: https://famfonts.com/prin...eneration/

.

It wasn't a font.
And this version is absolutely horrible and useless, whoever made it didn't even care to scan and vectorise the characters properly and had no clue about typography either.

[Edited 5/8/19 3:15am]



I agree - should've put "font" in quotes as the type in the album design was hand-drawn. Was just saying "here's a free version, if you're looking for a font that makes an attempt to come close to the original with a click or two."

[Edited 5/8/19 18:07pm]

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Reply #18 posted 05/08/19 10:35am

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If you're interested in typography or hand-drawn typefaces, I'd recommend reading about Margo Chase, who worked on many Prince albums (and others).

Here's a good summary:

https://www.typenetwork.c...-alchemist

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Reply #19 posted 05/08/19 11:10am

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Doozer said:

If you're interested in typography or hand-drawn typefaces, I'd recommend reading about Margo Chase, who worked on many Prince albums (and others).

Here's a good summary:

https://www.typenetwork.c...-alchemist

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Thank you. She's done some beautiful work. Great artist.

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