Tracing letterforms

Letter Outline (Times New Roman, Helvetica, Zapfino)

The three fonts chosen cover the various serif, san serif, and decorative categories.  Times New Roman is probably the mostly used font especially in Microsoft Word and other major text editing tools.  It’s the smallest font out of the three, both in terms of x-height and width.  Both Times New Roman and Helvetica have fairly straight ascenders and descenders.  However, Times New Roman has its counters almost completely surrounded by its serifs, unlike Helvetica and Zapfino.  The italic Zapfino is less bounded than the other two fonts with noticeable overhang near the end of the stroke and exaggeration at the very end.