SIZE MATTERS! My font is too BIG

Turoturom's picture

Hello, I am done with my font on FONTLAB except for the fact that my font is double the size of any regular font. I would like to reduce it, meaning reducing all the contents of my glyphs without having to set all my metrics, kernings, etc all over again.

I notice this when I tried posting it in FontSpace and on the preview the capital letters got cut off on the top part . I realized the ascender value needs to be changed, BUT I don't know how to to this (I'd like to know how this is done). Nevertheless, they are too big and I think my problem can be solved by reducing the contents of all my glyphs.

Can I have some advice on this please?

Thanks in advance

brianskywalker's picture

I don't know how you do it in fontlab, but it's very easy in Fontforge. You simply go to the Font Info dialog, and then the section General. And then you'll measure what the highest point in your font is, and take that coordinate and put it into the Ascent box, then measure the lowest point and put that into the Descent box. Then make sure Scale Outlines is unchecked and press OK. Then open Font Info again and put a rational number into EM size, generally 1000 or 2048, this time with Scale Outlines checked, and press OK.

Basically your making sure everything is inside the bounding box, and then making the EM size normal.

Frank ADEBIAYE's picture

I know how to do that in FontForge :
Fonts properties>OS/2 Metrics
And then View>Fit to em

Turoturom's picture

I figured out how to make the font smaller without altering my metric settings. Bring out the ACTIONS panel from the TOOLS menu. Under "Contour" choose "Scale (50.00, 50.00) HMZ. Click on boxes "Scale hints" and "Scale metrics" Apply the scale you wish. On the "Scale center" option: choose "Reference point". Click on "Apply to entire font" is this is your case.

BUT I am still trying to figure out how to change ascender value


oldnick's picture

Font Info > Metrics and Dimensions > Most important font dimensions

Note that good practice suggests that the sum of the Ascender and Descender AS A POSITIVE NUMBER equals the em size.

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