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hello. i wondered if anyone could provide any help or advice with fontlab? at the moment it seems to have set a default descender of -250pt. the typeface i've created drops below this and when i test/generate the font all the descending glyphs are clipped slightly where the tails exceed the descender line.
i imagined dragging the descender below the lowest point would have solved the problem but it didn't seem to affect it. perhaps there is another way?
any help would be greatly appreciated.
I keep changing things within the kerning and whenever I generate a font, it asks me if I want to rebuild the kern feature.
Sometimes, I get the dialog box when generating the OTF font file at the end of the exporting process... and that's when it freezes the program. the only safe way I can rebuild it is to rebuild it within the opentype window and then generate the font.
I'm afraid i'm damaging the font?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
I'm stumped. Does anyone here know how to detect reversed postscript hints using Python in FontLab?
Here's what I tried:
font = fl.font
glyphs = font.glyphs
for index in range(len(fl.font)):
glyph = fl.font[index]
vhw = glyph.vhints.width
if len(vhw) < 0:
print glyph.name, vhw
I find there are two things wrong here (but I don't know how to fix them).
1. FL py reports width as not being an attribute of hhints
len(vhw) < 0 returns nothing even when I know those instances are present
Any help is appreciated.
I was wondering does anyone know - is it possible to install and start FontLab in Windows7?
Ok, so I was using class based kerning and on the metrics window, everything seems to be working fine... kerning values look like they should. "Class kerning with exceptions" is enabled in the Metrics window.
However, when I open up the preview window, I see that kerning is all messed up and not working like it should (seems like class kerning is being ignored).
I tried exporting the font and I still get that.
Anyone here knows what is happening?
I spent about 10 hours kerning pairs and to know that my kerning is now not working is stressing me out big time :(
I've been studying optimal hinting techniques for correct screen display of typefaces. I've read tens or hundreds of pages of text about hinting, and I've taken quite a few stabs at googling it (the word "link" is a pretty useless search term on the internet).
Still I can't still quite grasp the difference between a hint and a link. Could someone here explain it to me?
Version 1.6 of the Font Remix Tools is now
available for download from http://remix-tools.com.
This update includes a new tool, the RMX Harmonizer, and numerous little improvements. For further details please visit the website.
The Font Remix Tools are a set of plugins for FontLab Studio.
Here is the message FontLab gives me:
>>>[FATAL] aborting because of errors:
syntax error at "-63"
[/Users/chrisL/Library/Application Support/FontLab/Studio 5/Features/fontlab.fea 11]
I had been cleaning up classes and getting rid of some duplicate commaaccent glyphs when I tried to recompile. The message above is what happened.
I then made a copy of the file and one-by-one deleted each feature and attempted to recompile between each removal to no avail. It seems as though it may be something in the classes but I am going nuts for 2 days now trying to find it!
I am hoping someone can clue me in on my malfunction.
Desperately seeking help,
Having a problem with the default 3d Extrude script in fontlab. IT generate the shadow a little bit offset witch make it look missdesign. I'm sure it was report many time. But is somebody have a better python script or a workaround ?
I've recently learned how to use Fontlab Studio 5, and I also learned how to script ligatures. But I noticed Illustrator for example has more buttons in the type tool section: Standard Ligatures, Contextual Ligatures, Discretionary Ligatures, Swash, Stylistic Alternates, Titling Alternates, Ordinals and Fractions.
So out of that list, I only know how to script the standard ligatures. Does anyone know how to script the others, or do you know a source to learn about it? Most font families contain all the ligatures and swash letters as seperate fonts rather than putting it into a single font (OpenType). Is there a reason for doing this?
Edit-Find or Command-F can help me find glyphs in the font window, but what's the easiest way to track a given glyph down in (a) my classes, and (b) my OpenType code, within Fontlab?
I'm currently working on a font and I've found an issue which baffles me, shown here: http://members.optusnet.com.au/d-esign/misc/brushy_glitch.png. As you can see there are these out of place lines over the "u" and "y" glyphs, and they're not the only affected glyphs. The issue crops up in Photoshop when the font is displayed at small sizes or has anti-aliasing off. What's weird is that the lines don't actually exist on the vectors, FontLab renders them appropriately and there's nothing suspect on the offending glyphs which sets them appart from the others that render properly.
Help would be much appreciated.
I am facing a strange font behavior. Let me sum it up- The glyph is slanted in the glyph cell. The thumbnail preview of the glyph is slanted. Until there, everything is fine. The problem starts when some glyphs appear upright in the Metrics window. Eventually, the .otf file carries these upright previews, whereas my outlines describe italic shapes!
I have been re-booting FontLab, cleaning up the glyph cells, re-inserting, etc, the problem is still here. Does is make any sense to you?
In the last issue of the digital inDesign Magazine FontLab states: Fontographer for Mac and Windows is coming soon.
I am a newborn in the world of type design.
I'm using FontLab for the first time to design my own typeface.
When I 'Generate Font' fontlab adds nodes to all my curves. This causes visible waves in my curves when printed large format (tabloid). I have attached two files that I created in Illustrator to demonstrate what I mean, one using glyphs from my ttf file, the other contains the glyphs I drew myself.
How can I avoid this, I see this as a major issue.
Thanks for your help,
Hi, I'm new to these forums and am having some trouble getting a font I'm working on off the ground. I'm using FontLab Studio and currently everything exports fine, except when I'm in Adobe InDesign the small font "preview" does not show up next to the name like all the other fonts do. It is in the right order, and the typeface itself works fine, but for some reason that little preview with the name of the font does not show up on the font menu. Oddly enough the font preview shows up in MS Word, but not InDesign. Any idea why this might be?
Most discussions of methods to make bold letters use sans serif letters as an example. Since one of the great virtues of FontLab interpolation is that it preserves curve quality and character, I decided to use a serif example that includes curved stems and very irregular forms: Adobe Jenson Pro.
The first thing to do is to put the original outline in the mask layer (default Ctrl+M on Windows). During interpolation, FontLab will display both the result of everything you do and the original state, but having the initial glyph shape in the mask allows you to maintain a visual reference through multiple interpolation passes.
TypeTool is a basic font editor for Mac OS and for Windows. For students, hobby typographers and creative professionals who occasionally need to create or customize fonts.
TypeTool 3 released in March 2007 includes support for OpenType fonts with up to 65,000 glyphs, Unicode 5.0 support, new bitmap Background and outline Mask layers, improved Bézier drawing with open contours and tangent points, multi-line metrics and kerning editing, and screen quality autohinting.