Printing Techniques

Times New Roman had its original purpose in the company of the Times. It was used as the newer typeface for printing the Times Newspaper.
It was originally designed as a letterpress typeface, and was used within offset printing. The beauty of letterpress-printing was that all the letters had a small edge which overflowed the natural forms of the letter, (click here for the letterpress print) causing it to be a bit bolder than the original cut.
This special characteristic of letterpress caused Times New Roman quite some troubles with the modern printing. Inkjet would still be do-able, because of it not being very precise, but with laser-printers the lines disappear too much. A lot of adaptations had to be made to be digitally usable.

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