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“Smooth Papyrus” is an alternate, smoothed version of the ubiquitous Papyrus font.

This font is interchangeable with the version of Papyrus that comes pre-packaged with Windows operating systems: EF Papyrus.

This font is not interchangeable with the version of Papyrus that comes pre-packaged with Apple operating systems: ITC Papyrus. Notably, the ITC version has smaller, thicker capitals and tighter kerning between uppercase and lowercase letters.

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The demo includes all English letterforms, numbers, and some common non-English letterforms, but does not include symbols.

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What’s the deal with Smooth Papyrus

You might have caught a whiff of the stink designers have been making about the Papyrus font. The problem isn’t that Papyrus is a bad font, it’s just misused a lot. Papyrus is very recognizable because of the distinctive corroded appearance of the typeface, which makes sense considering it was meant to mimic the look of ancient writing on Papyrus paper. By using this smooth alternative to the Papyrus font, that instantly recognizable quality is lessened, making it seem less lazy to people in the know, while maintaining the desired character of the original typeface.

  • Gerd

    What are the font license?

  • Leeviathan
  • Geek Girl

    Can this font be used on websites (@fontface)? Is attribution required (like a link in the footer)? Thank you!

  • Leeviathan

    Yes it can, no attribution required

  • alderud

    This font file does not include any kerning, so be prepared to adjust your text by hand….every single time you use this font.

    So, it does not behave like the Linotype (http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/papyrus/) or Letraset (http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/letraset/papyrus/) versions available on MyFonts that both include kerning.

    • http://leeviathan.com Lee

      This font is based on EF Papyrus, which comes pre-packaged with Windows (http://www.identifont.com/similar?6I7) and has, yes indeed, pretty crappy kerning. The ITC/Letraset/Apple font of the same name, which you are referring to (http://www.identifont.com/show?3GP), has smaller capitals, better kerning, and some other dissimilarities to the EF version.

      I didn’t forget to include kerning, I simply matched the EF Papyrus font exactly so it could be totally interchangeable. I would like to eventually create the ITC version of the font, but for the time being I’ll have to settle for adding a disclaimer about font versions.

    • Leeviathan

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

      This font is based on EF Papyrus, which comes pre-packaged with Windows (http://www.identifont.com/similar?6I7). The ITC/Letraset/Apple font of the same name, which you are referring to (http://www.identifont.com/show?3GP), has smaller capitals, tighter uppercase/lowercase kerning, and some other dissimilarities to the EF version.

      I didn’t forget to include kerning, I simply matched the EF Papyrus font exactly so it could be totally interchangeable. I would like to eventually create the ITC version of the font, but for the time being I’ll have to settle for adding a disclaimer about font versions.

      • alderud

        Adding a disclaimer is excellent, so others will be aware that there is no kerning info in the file.

        Still love the font though, and look forward to an ITC version.