Most of these features are part of Contextual Alternates & Ligatures. If you do not know how to activate these in the program you are working with, please have look at make it work.
(Display): creates a short interruption when the type is out of ink
Liza Display contains a feature which simulates real-life characteristics of sign painting. At a certain moment you’re out of ink, and you have to dip the brush in the ink again. This causes an interruption of the continuous script lettering. The typeface Liza counts the amount of ink being used, and automatically interrupts the ongoing flow once you would be out of ink. OpenType technology takes care this all gets done automatically. You only have to type, while Liza takes care of your ink. Depending on the shape & surface of a letter, Liza will be out of ink after 3 to 8 letters.
(Display): stretches the bar of the ‘t’ to the max
The bar of the ‘t’ is a freestyle element in handwriting and signpainting, and likely to vary a lot depending on its position and surrounding letters. Liza Display Pro has a feature which checks the availablity of white space on both sides, and makes sure the bar of the ‘t’ (or ‘tt’) is as free and easy as it can be.
(Display): looping the y to the max
The loop of the ‘y’ is a freestyle element in handwriting and signpainting, and likely to vary a lot depending on its position and surrounding letters. Liza Display Pro has a feature which checks the availablity of white space on both sides, and makes sure the loop of the ‘y’ is as free and easy as it can be.
(Display): swapping shapes of identical letters in direct neighbourhood
The LetterSwapper makes sure that characters vary as much as possible. Letters which appears twice within each others neighbourhood will never look the same.
(Display/Text): replaces 2- & 3-letter-combinations with pre-designed ligatures
Liza Pro has a carefully defined set of almost 200, hand painted ligatures. And trust us: the ProtoShaper can give your text a refined look when 2 (or sometimes even 3) characters are created out of one single brush stroke. Étonnant!
(Display/Caps): every line gets a true calligraphic beginning
The first letter in a line of text gets a calligraphic beginning, the same as you would do in real-life. There is enough white space left if you start painting or writing your first letter, so let's first of all start with an energetic, swashy brush stroke!
(Display/Text/Caps): every word and line gets a proper end
In the same way as the Introducer works in the beginning, the Finalizer gives a proper end for the last letter of a word and/or sentence. Liza Text Pro has a rather timid ending of a line, but Liza Display Pro sacrifices all her energy in the end of a line. Toute l'énergie à la fin!
(Display): adjusts the caps depending on the following letters
The shape of the capitals depends on its context. There are 2 atmospheres for capitals: timid and very swashy in Liza Text Pro; very swashy to extremely swashy in Liza Display Pro.
FlexCaps go automatically. You don’t have to do a thing to make them work. However, for better control, a stylistic set has been implemented (FlexSentenceCaps).
(Display/Text/Caps): choose between lining and non-lining figures
Liza Display and Liza Text Pro contain two different figure styles. Oldstyle Figures (also known as hanging figures) which blend in well with lowercase characters, and in longer pieces of text. Next to that, these 2 fonts contain Lining Figures which all have the same height, and align on the baseline. Liza Caps Pro goes one step further by offering Tabular Figures, for setting tables. And nouvelle surprenante: Liza Caps Pro also contains two different fraction styles: diagonal and stacked.
(Display/Text): gives room for accents to blossom up
There are more alternates of the caps than only the FlexCaps variatons. Some glyphs only appear when being followed by accented characters. That’s not only very common in French, but also in many Central European languages. Liza loves the accents beaucoup.
(Text): mixes different shapes of every letter to the max
Being the main ingredient of all features in Liza Text Pro and Liza Caps Pro, the LetterMixer takes care that letters appear in a different shape every time.
Probably the most essential difference between hand written text and text set in a traditional script typeface, is that a traditional typeface doesn't make any variation in representing letters. Basically you could call them pseudo-scripts. They produce repeating, identical glyph shapes which opposes natural writing. But Liza makes sure she is different all the time. Mais oui!
(Caps): balancing initials and endings frequency
The Penetrator balances first and last letters of words. It takes care that repeating glyph shapes in longer pieces of text are being avoided.
Some glyphs are specifically designed to appear at the beginning of a word only. But in case this shape would appear every time at the beginning of every word starting with that letter, the text wouldn’t look handmade anymore. Repetition of glyph shapes should be avoided as much as possible.
The Penetrator takes care of this, it fine-tunes the Introducer & Finalizer and simultaneously works side by side with other features like the LetterMixer.
(Caps): automatic case sensitive punctuation
Automatic punctuation. The IQ of Liza Caps Pro makes sure that all other characters (like numbers, punctuations and quotations) automatically fit to surrounding upper- or lowercase characters. Depending on their position/context, these characters turn big or small. It probably won’t catch your attention. Just type lowercase and caps like you always do, and Liza Caps Pro will take care the rest fits in.
(Caps): controlling variable capitals
In addition to the lowercase characters of Liza Caps Pro, also the oversized uppercase characters can vary in appearance. Although merely designed as large initials to be followed by lowercase characters, situations might occur where purely uppercase will be used. For those occasions the SmartCaps feature is useful, as it controls the shape of uppercase characters. Capitals look different when they are the first, middle or last character of a word. This makes your CamelCase words look better as well, like YouTube. Or if your brand name is MagnuM
, SmartCaps is your best friend.
Liza Caps Pro contains slightly different Diagonal Fractions than Liza Text or Display Pro. But you can also use the Stacked Fractions instead.
Long time ago the developers of the OpenType technology had the idea of supporting ‘alternative fractions’. However, in practice no program supports this feature. But Liza Caps Pro does, and made it accessible despite the lack of support in applications. If you combine the Fraction feature with the Tabular Lining figure style, your fractions turn into stacked fractions. As you might have suspected, these stacked fractions have the same width as all other tabular lining numerals. This allows you to make more complex tables where all numbers are monospaced, as well as all monetary and mathematical characters, as well as fractions.
We honestly admit that most people probably will not choose a script typeface for making complex tables. But if you want to, Liza can help you out. Mais oui!