Blur feature in preview in Glyphs? What's it for?

adiron's picture

In version 1.3.12 of Glyphs a new feature was added to the preview pane of blurring the preview.

I've been playing with it ever since the update and still don't really know what to do with it. What are its uses?

clauses's picture

It's to save you from having to smear pâté on your glasses.

dezcom's picture

So that's what it is for! Here I have been using rice pudding on my glasses ;-)

ralf h.'s picture

It's based on the way Wayfinding Sans Pro was designed: (see A new Design Approach)
http://ilovetypography.com/2012/04/19/the-design-of-a-signage-typeface/

hrant's picture

It could also serve as an emulation of squinting. A good idea.

I just hope they don't get a patent on it and end up suing FontLab for $1B. :-/

hhp

dezcom's picture

All I have to do is take my glasses off and I get the same effect :-)

hrant's picture

Ah, special "bifocals" for type designers where the lenses just have a hole at the bottom.

hhp

dezcom's picture

Market it, Hrant!

adiron's picture

I love pâté as much as the next guy, but can anyone go into some more detail as to how I would use it? I'm by all means a rookie.

dezcom's picture

@adiron
It is a legibility test device. By blurring the type image, you simulate stresses (distortion) on reading the words. It is most helpful when comparing glyphs which are similar--one, Eye, and elle as well as the r-n as m, etc...

adiron's picture

Well, that makes a lot of sense.

Thanks.

oldnick's picture

Think of the feature as the equivalent of spilling coffee on a freshly-inked character. Or not.

dezcom's picture

Or else ink your character on a paper towel ;-)

oldnick's picture

Chris—

Sheer genius! Napkin art!

hanselmoore's picture

The glyphs of channel letters was unique and it posted for the buildings or stores with LED lights that is more comfortable to view it.

oldnick's picture

The channel-letter effect is easily achieved and a lot more controllable if applied in Photoshop…

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