(1) Both script and cursive have the characteristics of elegance and
charm. For these reasons, a common use is to letter invitations and
announcements. You also use them to lend elegance to display work.
(2) Figure 15 illustrates some of the variations of script letters
in use today.
e. Text. Text is also referred to as "old English." Text was among
the first type styles used. It is both difficult to read and to construct
by nonmechanical methods. Words consisting of all capital letters in
either script or text are virtually illegible. Their most common
application is religious in nature such as prayer books. Another common
use is as titles of certificates. Limit the use of this style to a few
lines and avoid works with all capital letters such as those shown in the
last lines of figure 16. Figure 16 displays some of the variations of
text letters in use today.
Figure 16. Text typefaces
f. Italics. Italics is not a style in and of itself, but a variation
of Roman, Gothic, Contemporary, and certain other lettering styles.
Italics are slanting versions of letter styles. Refer to figure 17 and
compare the Copperplate Gothic italic style to the Copperplate Gothic
style shown in figure 14. Use italics to add contrast and interest to
lettering projects. One common use of italics is to draw interest
(emphasize) to that portion of the project lettered in italics. You also
use italics to identify water features on maps. Italics were originally
used for text. However, this variation is rather difficult to read in
lengthy articles and have fallen into disuse for this purpose. You will
learn more about italics later in this lesson.