Bello Pro: how does it work?
Short introduction to the Advanced Layout Features of Bello Pro
Bello Pro is an OpenType font (.otf) which combines all Bello fonts into one sophisticated font. Bello Pro contains Advanced Layout Features, which makes it for example easy to automatically implement all the ligatures of Bello. But there is more to Bello Pro. SmallCaps are included in the same font, it’s possible to automatically replace the oldstyle figure style with lining figures, etc. And if you wanna hit Bello Pro hard, you can even automatically replace some words in your text by the pre-designed word logotypes.
Visual overview of the different features
All ligatures get automatically replaced if the 'Ligature' feature is activated.
With the 'Contextual Alternates' feature activated some characters look different depending on their context. In this example the 'y' looks different, because it's followed by a space instead of another character.
If you wanna hit Bello Pro hard, activate the 'Discretionary Ligatures' feature. Some words in your text will be automatically be replaced by pre-designed word-logotypes.
Standard the font has a Default Figure Style.
Switching to the Proportional Lining feature, leaves your text untouched but only replaces all the figures as well as the monetary and mathematical characters to the lining figures from the Small Caps.
Switching to Fractions replaces standard combinations like '1/2', '1/4 or '3/4' to real fractions.
Next to these figure features, also the 'Ordinal' and 'Superior/Superscript' features are included in Bello Pro.
You wanna pump up the look of the beginning or end of your words?
Find alternatives for first characters in the Titling Alternates feature.
The Swash feature gives you various kind of swashes at the end of a word.
Note: of course, manual placement of all different kind of swashes is also possible. In that case you're not bounded to these two features.
In InDesign CS and Photoshop CS the 'Ligatures' features as well as the 'Contextual Alternates' features are activated by default. Bello Pro will look standard like this if you don't touch any of the fancy OpenType features in the Character Palette:
Test Bello Pro live with the Bello Pro ligature tester.
Overview of all characters in Bello Pro
You can imagine Bello Pro has a big amount of characters inside one font. If you want to insert manually one character which you can't find, use the 'Glyph' palette in InDesign CS.