If you encounter a printed version, be aware that the online version is likely newer—and also hyperlinked. We took FontLab Studio 5 and did a total rewrite from the ground up. It incorporates our favorite things from Fontographer, like the bold algorithm, and borrows conceptually from the very best implementations to make improvements, like in our Pen tool. You can edit glyphs in isolation much like before, or in the context of other glyphs, and the tools and interface are more powerful and flexible now. In FontLab VI, we let you choose how you want to work, instead of us telling you that there is only one way to do things. The application is more streamlined and automatic, and gets out of your way as a designer to leave you free to design.
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Fontographer was expensive, but it saved the day. After several frustrating sessions with Fontcreator, I find Fontographer amazingly easy to use. I love this program. For the most part, this page serves as a place holder for Fontographer features that I want to remember.
I hope it helps others who may be on the same track. My sessions with the software may be far between, and I am bound to forget some essential information. The manual is pages long. I skimmed it once and would prefer not to have to do it again. Some Basics Translating the Fontographer manual for Windows. At the time of writing, there was no Fontographer manual for Windows. In the metrics window, you can pull the "L" and "R" sliding vertical bars to position your character.
How to delete points without messing up a path. This question was causing me grief. In the vector window, I would select path points and delete them.
This would open the path, and often I had a hard time closing it again in a way that I liked. This removes the point from the path without opening the path. A great way to get rid of curlicues. How to add guides.
On the typeface I was modifying a script , many characters dipped below the baseline. I wanted a guide in the outline window so I could standardize by how much the characters fell below the baseline. To create a new horizontal guide, click on the word "Guides" in the Layers box the Guides layer should not only be checked, but active, which is the case when the word "Guides" is greyed out. Pick the selection tool, click on the baseline, and drag it up or down to create a new guide that will appear on all characters.
To remove the guide, select it remember to select the Guides layer and drag it back to the baseline. To create a vertical guide, the procedure is the same, just click drag from the vertical "origin line" instead. How to pull Bezier control points BCPs hiding under a point.
Hold the Alt key Option key on Mac while you click-drag the point. Kerning Of the several kerning procedures suggested in the manual, here is the one I like the most.
In the text box at the top, type two letters, for instance "La". Now click on the "a". Notice that the "L" and "R" guides have moved from the "L" to the "a".
To kern the "La", you move the "K" handle of the "a". Be careful not to use the "L" handle instead of the "K" handle! That would change the width of the a, which would affect all pairs with an "a" at the right.
But this is only half the fun. What I love is that you can quickly cycle through all pairs that start with "L". The second key is the combination is the right square bracket. See how the screen now shows "Lb"? Or quickly cycle through all the "L" pairs by keeping one finger on Ctrl and repeatedly pressing "]".
Cleaning up a Typeface before Exporting it The following features seem helpful to me. I might apply them to all glyphs. This simplifies the path when it contains overlapping elements. This optimizes the vector points on the glyph. To avoid modifying glyphs, under "Simplify Paths", move the slider to "less" value of 1. The "less" settings means that fewer points are removed, keeping the path closer to the original. In computer fonts, proper glyphs are defined when certain paths are made clockwise and others paths are made counter-clockwise.
Fontographer created the font file, but the bottom of some glyphs are cut off If you strech a number of glyphs for instance to increase the contrast between upper- and lower-case letters , when you produce and install the font, applications such as MS Word may truncate the bottom of characters with large descenders, such as "g".
Make sure the "Advanced" button is checked. Click the "Dimensions" tab. In the first box "UPM size" , increase the size of the character by the amount that is missing, or a bit more. I make my glyph size a multiple of , , etc. Make sure you click the button that says "Retain path coordinates when changing UPM size". Otherwise, Fontographer will increase the size of the characters at the same time it increases the size of the box, so the characters will still overflow!
Not sure by how much to increase the UPM size? Fontographer is beautiful Apparently, the first version of Fontographer was created in It pioneered the path drawing tools now best known in Illustrator which appeared two years after Fontographer and Indesign. I am proud to own that beautiful piece of software. Hope this helps!
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My personal advice? Learn FontLab. If you are serious at all about learning to design fonts, you will need the power of FontLab. It is necessary for excellence in letterspacing, kerning, OpenType features, and more. My books will show you how to use it. Not only does it excel as a powerful and flexible font editor, it enables the serious typographer to customize their existing fonts, add new glyphs as needed; critically adjust kerning and spacing; convert old fonts to a new format; and more. Draw geometric shapes with the Rectangle or Polygon tools including stars and rounded corners , and with the Ellipse tool.
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Nikolabar Great for computer labs! I was productive immediately, since all the familiar keyboard shortcuts and tools are still there. Multi-seat licenses available for Keyserver or RLM license servers. Fontographer Tutorial Unlike any other font editor on the market, Fontographer 5 combines an easy, intuitive and very efficient user interface with our mature, state-of-the-art font creation technology, making it a perfect font editor for graphic designers, DTP professionals, calligraphers and fontographerr designers who do not wish to dive into the technical details of font creation. Radically redesigned and updated, easy-to-use Font Info dialog for editing the relevant technical parameters for all font formats, fontograpuer OpenType, with updated, intelligent, automatic generation of OpenType-compatible font family naming and of cross-plattform linespacing values NEW! Dave Thompson President, Educational Fontware? Fontographer tutorual for Windows is a bit Windows application, but can run on bit.
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