Expand a Character to show anchor points and handles

oller's picture

Hi guys,

I've hit a bit of problem with some illustrator work I'm doing.

I've a letter C, which I want to have all the anchor points and handles of this letter expanded to be actual paths, so the .eps file itself would contain a letter complete with its all anchor points and handles.

Any idea if there's an elegant way to do this, beyond just screengrabbing and tracing!

Cheers,

David

leszczuk's picture

Do you mean something beyond Select > Type > Create Outlines?

kaibernau's picture

hello david,

we did a thing like that a few years back, as a complicated series of robofab scripts which Erik and Frederik helped me write, and that had a c. 98.375% chance of crashing fontlab:


Thankfully, this is no longer necessary thanks to Mr. Lehni's Scriptographer tool for Illustrator, and specifically a script for it called "Anchorman".

Our scripts were a tad more interesting for the type designer in that they would generate every layer of information (Oncurve points, BCPs, coordinates, hints, and something else I forget) for the entire typeface, and as a separate font, but as i said, muy crashy...

(ah, yes, we decided to not show the actual outline, but of course that would merely be another layer of the same text block)

HTH

--K

oller's picture

ah wow, that's just what I was after.

thank you!

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