Is there a way to preview hairline letterforms?

WPM's picture

I'm working on a hairline typeface right now, something similar to Marian -- http://commercialtype.com/typefaces/marian -- and I'm wondering if there's some Python snippet or something out there that allows you to preview your path without expanding it.

hrant's picture

How similar is it?

hhp

satya's picture

There is no way to preview strokes in FontLab - however - you can do this with Glyphs.

Cheers!

WPM's picture

Thanks! Anyone know if Robofont can preview a stroke? I've been looking into making that purchase.

George Thomas's picture

There's a Trial version of RoboFont available if you don't get an answer here.

WPM's picture

Maybe someone who works at Commercial Type can answer this directly, but I have to imagine Marian was either built in Glyphs or they had some special python code that allowed them to preview it. Hrant -- if you're implying, "Is this going to be just another form of Marian, a hairline spine/outline form of a classic typeface?" the answer to that is no. Hopefully it will see commercial release within the year, though.

hrant's picture

Cool. Good luck wit it.

hhp

jasonc's picture

In Robofont, you can certainly turn off fill, but that's not really previewing a stroke.
I'd ask Frederick directly, he might know of a plugin:
@typemytype

Jason C

Mark Simonson's picture

There is an outliner plug-in for RoboFont (free download):

http://doc.robofont.com/extensions/download-extensions/outliner/

Jens Kutilek's picture

RoboFont’s preview doesn’t work well with open paths, they are always closed automatically.

With some Python hacking skills you could probably make the Outliner plug-in to work better for this purpose.

WPM's picture

Thanks, Jason, Mark & Jens! Outliner looks like exactly the tool I'm looking for, and it's swaying more and more towards buying RoboFont.

.00's picture

This is easy to do in FontLab.
In the metrics window switch it to outline view. Shift Command p on a Mac.

satya's picture

Thanks for the great tip, James. I wasn't aware it was possible in FontLab too.

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