# [texhax] Manipulating fonts?

Tue Sep 6 15:02:48 CEST 2005

On Sep 4, 2005, at 11:31 AM, Douglas Lewan wrote:

>  I could swear that I've seen information about manipulating fonts in
> many ways:  stretching height, width, shearing, shading, etc.
>
> The LaTeX Companion (2nd edition) hints at some of those things in
> section 7.2.3, but doesn't tell me how to do them.  \magnify isn't
> available under LaTeX (and I assume shouldn't be).
>
>  What's the right way to proceed?  Thanks.

Well, the right thing to do is to not do silly tricksy stuff like that.

If you absolutely can't resist, then use the graphics package and
manipulate the text in a box (scalebox et. al.).

e.g.:

\documentclass{minimal}
\usepackage{graphicx}

\begin{document}
\scalebox{.5}[1]{\textsf{This is half its width}}
\end{document}

If that doesn't provide all the capabilities you wish for, use pstricks
/ pdftricks and you should be able to accomplish anything you can
calculate.

William

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