Dark Garden

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Dark Garden



Dark Garden is a decorative outline font of unusual shape. The typeface

is based on author's original hand drawings. The letterform is complex,

with all characters decorated with spikes resembling thorns or flames,

character spacing is very dense. Such a theme makes it a great font for

titles, banners, logos etc.

As of version 1.1, Dark Garden includes letters of the English alphabet,

Polish and German diacritic characters and some punctuation. Unicode

encoding is used. The font is equipped with hinting information to allow

high quality rendering at small point sizes. Only horizontal and

vertical hints are currently used, future versions might take advantage

of truetype hinting instructions some day. There are also a lot of

kerning pairs defined in the font - they were chosen after looking at a

choice of Polish and English texts and selecting the character pairs

that needed manual kerning.

The font was created with PfaEdit / FontForge

(http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/) - an opensource font editing tool.

Pfaedit uses its own text-based file format which can then be exported

to truetype, postscript, opentype and many other font formats. This

makes it possible to generate font files for Dark Garden in any of the

many supported formats, so it can be used on almost any platform. So

far, the truetype version has been tested on X11 (Linux) and Windows,

the opentype version worked on Windows but not X11. Truetype should also

work on Mac OS.


Installation is described for the truetype version of the font (which is

what most users will need).

On Windows:

* Extract .ttf files from the archive into a temporary directory

* In the Control Panel choose Fonts

* From the File menu choose Install New Font

* Browse to the temporary directory you chose

* "Dark Garden" should appear in the font list - click OK (this may

require Administrator privileges)

On Linux / UNIX (using KDE):

* Extract .ttf files from the archive into a temporary directory

* In the Control Center choose Font Installer in the System

Administration tree

* Click on "Administrator Mode" and enter root's password

* Click on "Add Fonts" icon

* Select the .ttf file extracted from the archive and click OK

On Linux / UNIX (using commandline)

unzip darkgarden-*.ttf.zip


ginstall -o root -m 644 DarkGardenMK.ttf /usr/X11R6/lib/fonts/TTF

fc-cache -f


Copyright (C) 1999, 2000, 2004 Michal Kosmulski


This font is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify

it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by

the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or

(at your option) any later version.

This font is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,

but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of


GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License

along with this font; if not, write to the Free Software

Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

As a special exception, if you create a document which uses

this font, and embed this font or unaltered portions of this font into

the document, this font does not by itself cause the resulting

document to be covered by the GNU General Public License. This

exception does not however invalidate any other reasons why the

document might be covered by the GNU General Public License. If you

modify this font, you may extend this exception to your version of the

font, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do so,

delete this exception statement from your version.

The text of this license can be found in file COPYING.txt in the

distribution archives. The GNU General Public License text can be found

in file COPYING-GPL.txt.


Send e-mail with questions, bug reports and patches to Michal Kosmulski,


The homepage of Dark Garden Font is located at


  • DarkGardenMK.ttf
Character Map Dark Garden Character Map
File Contents
filename filesize type options
ChangeLog.txt 518 B Text File Download
COPYING-GPL.txt 18 kB Text File Download
COPYING.txt 1 kB Text File Download
DarkGardenMK.ttf 61 kB Font File Download
README.txt 4 kB Text File Download
Font Details
Designer Name: Michał Kosmulski
Font License: Public domain / GPL / OFL
Website: http://darkgarden.sourceforge.net/

Designer Name: Michał Kosmulski

Font License:Public domain / GPL / OFL