software to make font thicker

Humpataa's picture

Hello everyone,

is there a software where I can just load a font and say "make thicker"?
For laser cutting purposes most fonts often have too thin lines and this makes it hard to get decent results.
Since I don't want to edit each letter by hand - is there a software that can do this automatically?

Thank you in advance

oldnick's picture

Which software are you using to prepare your files for cutting?

Humpataa's picture

I use Illustrator and then some very limited software of the machine.
I know I know - I can adjust the thickness in Illustrator.
But I need it to be visual before I import the design in Illustrator.
Thats why the font must be thickened.

Vladimir Tamari's picture

In Fontlab select and open one test glyph to make bold:
From the main menu: Tools / Actions / Effects / Bold . In the panel that opens try some value for H weight and the same for V weight, click both 'keep glyph dimensions' and 'change weight of the glyph'/OK.
Command Z to return to the original size.
Experiment with various H=V values until you determine the right amount of fat needed. Then click 'apply to entire font' /OK.

Humpataa's picture

Cool, thank you! :-)

bojev's picture

You can easily do this in Fontographer as well.

Special-K's picture

I guess you know that within illustrator, you can convert the type to paths, then use the function "offset path" to make it thicker.

Vladimir Tamari's picture

..however you have to review the resulting glyph outlines. This process sometimes creates extra shapes where the outline bends sharply. In Fontlab there is another way - expand the path - this creates a double outline and you delete the inner outline.

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