Fontlab: Handling weights...

ferfolio's picture

Hello everyone,

I'm currently doing a 3 weight typeface (light, regular & bold), I've almost finished the regular version and I have the ligh's & bold's without the accents and some other glyphs.

Which, do you think, is the best way of building a typeface of several weights without using Multiple Master*?

*I've used it, making a weight axis (light & bold) but the regular strokes and curves doesen't quite convince me, and it takes me a lot of work to design the glyphs in ligh and bold to be able to see the regular version...

Thanks!

blank's picture

In most cases one cannot interpolate well between two fonts with extreme differences in contrast such as a very light weight and a bold weight. Using anisotropic interpolation (in Superpolator or UFOstretch) will give you a regular weight that’s a good starting point but will need a great deal of cleanup work before the design is finished. Once the regular master is done you can then interpolate between the three masters to get everything you need.

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