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FontLab Studio / Re: How to set glyph width and dimensions
« Last post by klo on 2014-07-31, 06:39:13 »
If you are pasting the glyph in a glyph window, then the left sidebearing will normally be preserved, but not the advance width. Again, differing scale between fonts could be an issue.

Yes that is what I do - I copy some geometric glyphs in my font's "Private use" area and there is no width (it's 0) and dimensions in Glyph properties dialog aren't consistent with the rest of the font characters.

What I'm wondering is how can I set these dimensions?
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Yes, this can be done via OpenType layout features, using contextual substitutions.

It can be made pseudo-random, but the actual true "random" feature is poorly supported, so there isn't much point in using that.

It's a bit of work. Not all apps support it. Key Adobe apps mostly do. While it can be turned on in Microsoft Office apps, it is off by default (contrary to the OpenType spec). Most newer web browsers support it as well, but it needs to be explicitly turned on in CSS.
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FontLab Studio / Re: How to set glyph width and dimensions
« Last post by Thomas Phinney on 2014-07-30, 21:23:10 »
If you copy a glyph in the font window from one font, and then go into another font and do Append in the font window, you should preserve everything about the original glyph position, width and sidebearings. Of course, if the scale of the two  fonts is different, you may find that the glyph doesn't match in some way.

If you are pasting the glyph in a glyph window, then the left sidebearing will normally be preserved, but not the advance width. Again, differing scale between fonts could be an issue.
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FontLab Studio / How to set glyph width and dimensions
« Last post by klo on 2014-07-30, 18:07:08 »
Hi,

Newby here. I'm trying to append new glyphs to true type font.
I copy the glyph from one font and paste to newly created code.
After minimal effort in aligning edges everything seems perfect, but the glyph width in glyph properties window shows 0 (zero).

Publishing font show the glyph correct, but overall size of characters is slightly distorted.

I couldn't find anywhere how to set glyph dimensions, and I was even expecting that this would be automatic, but I guess it's not that easy.

So my question is - how can I set glyph dimensions after I added new glyph?
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Have been asked digitize hand-writing. The font will consist of A-Z, a-z, numerals and basic punctuation.

They would like alternative glyphs for the vowels so the font looks like real handwriting - inconsistent.

Is there a way of putting a script into the font so that when the font is used the vowels are randomly replaced as you type?

Are there any issues with doing this if it is possible.
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TypeTool / Re: Change font initial line spacing?
« Last post by Thomas Phinney on 2014-07-30, 14:35:31 »
This is partly an app-specific behavior.

Many "pro" graphics apps simply set the default line spacing to 120% of the point size. Nothing else you do in the font, other than the size of glyphs relative to the em square, will matter.

More "everyday" apps such as Microsoft Office default to the line spacing built into the font.

For extra confusion, there are three different sets of vertical metrics in a font, that should be coordinated. TypeTool lets you set them all. Go to Font Info > Metrics & Dimensions > TrueType specific metrics. (This also affects OpenType .otf)
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Mostly, it is a matter of:

- deciding what height the connection is at
- allowing a little bit of overlap in the connection (say, 20 units past the sidebearing?)
- keeping a consistent stroke thickness for the join
- keeping a consistent angle at the point where the parts meet and overlap

Once you get that down, you can think about using OpenType contextual/connecting alternates to make better connections.
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Education: Offers / new video formation on FontLab/Typetool
« Last post by serge paulus on 2014-07-30, 03:43:20 »
Hi all, my new video formation based on Font creation with TypeTool/FontLab, is online at video2brain France. It is more than 2h30 long and begins from a drawing/sketch, vectorization, and introduces to metrics, classes, kerning methods, font audit, tests etc.
It's in french, but anyhow it should interest at least french speaking people :
https://www.video2brain.com/fr/formation/creer-une-police-de-caracteres-numerique-de-a-a-z
Sorry if it shouldn't be posted in this forum.
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TypeTool / Change font initial line spacing?
« Last post by FoNTFRo on 2014-07-29, 10:59:10 »
I'm wondering, for a given font which I have the .otf file for, is it possible to adjust the fonts initial line spacing? For instance, I'm an iOS developer, and I noticed when you set a fonts line spacing to 0 within the program, it may differ from another fonts line spacing which is also set to 0. This leads me to believe that differing fonts have differing line spacing when at 0? Is it possible to do this using TypeTool?

Thanks.
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Working on putting my handwriting into a font. I am new to the program and have been slowly figuring things out. I am now officially stumped at how to join my lowercase letters in the program. Any tips or thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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