FL Vector Paint

aquatoad's picture

I never thought this day would come, but...
I am experimenting with vector paint tools in fontlab.

I know you can draw a single line with the pencil tool. You can draw a brushed line with the brush. But can you draw a single line, tweek the curves, and then apply a brush stroke to it?

I've check the manual and Learn FL Fast and haven't found the answer. Thanks!


pablohoney77's picture

you sure can randy! go to outline -> stroke and then a dialog box should pop up that lets you choose your brush options and then voila! yer in bidness! at least i think that's how it works. i haven't done it too much. just be sure to let us see yer beautiful results, please. ;^)

aquatoad's picture

Right! I knew it was in there somewhere, thanks.

Attached is the first letter digitized: q. It is from a handwiting sample from my grandmother, Ardeth. She is in the early stages of what looks like Parkinsons. When she was having a good day and her hand was steady, I asked my mom to walk her through a basic set. The results are beautiful, but it was done with a cheap ball point pen. As this is a fun side project for me, I just wanted to experiment with adding a calligraphic stoke to the monoline.

As with most computer auto-features, it's no substitute for the real thing. Fine penmanship (penwomanship), where art thou? Thanks for the info though.


geraintf's picture

amazing project, randy.

keep us updated as the project progresses..

for me, the trickyest thing would be generating a *connected* script..it's a spacing/kerning thing i guess

pablohoney77's picture

wow! looks great randy. it's funny, i've been digitizing my own granny's handwriting. i might hafta look into trying your method with the stroke thing. anyhow glad i could help. keep up the good work!

aquatoad's picture

To be clear, the above wasn't done using the stroke. When I stroked it the modulation looked off no matter how it adjusted the angles and widths. Probably because people arent plotters and we rotate when we draw.

>> i've been digitizing my own granny's handwriting

Hopefully the decenders are shorter in her writing :-)


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