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Mar 13, 2013 at 12:43

I'm creating a font in FontForge (importing SVG vectors).

There will only be capitals in this font and I'm wondering before I begin kerning everything:

Is there a way of copying characters with all their settings... ie. Copy A to a.

Just copying in the Edit menu is not working.

Thanks!


Mar 13, 2013 at 15:59

ollywood said  

There will only be capitals in this font and I'm wondering before I begin kerning everything:

Kerning information is used to adjust the space between specific pairs of characters.

Example: the Aa pair

ollywood said  

Is there a way of copying characters with all their settings... ie. Copy A to a.

To select one or more cells, press the left mouse button on the first or
last cell of your selection and drag the cursor across the cells you want to
select. You will see the selection highlighted.

Copy all excepting the kerning


Mar 14, 2013 at 22:07

Hey Claude, Thanks for the reply.

However it doesn't seem to work.

Don't worry though, I'll come back to this later.

It seems I have a huge job of kerning now

Cheers,

Olly


Mar 14, 2013 at 22:19

Set the bearings right and kerning is a doodle


Mar 14, 2013 at 22:25

Any tips Koeiekat?



Mar 14, 2013 at 22:32

Like I said. Start with the glyph position and the left and right bearings. You know that characters like A and V and so on and C and so on need tighter character spacing than an H and so on and that D and so on need only need tighter character spacing at the right.
So position the glyphs correctly and adjust the bearings to need. Not that difficult.


Mar 14, 2013 at 22:40

Great stuff! Thanks Koeiekat.
I'm getting into the swing of things now using the metrics window


Mar 14, 2013 at 23:15

The learning curve is steep. Typography is more than creating shapes. Interested in your progress and result


Mar 14, 2013 at 23:20



Mar 14, 2013 at 23:35

Yes, that is one way. Auto kerning will do that. Still better to set the bearings first ... imho


Mar 15, 2013 at 00:07

The best is no kern.



Mar 15, 2013 at 00:16

Depends. When it is an connecting script font, absolutely true. If not ...


Mar 15, 2013 at 02:40

koeiekat said  
Depends. When it is an connecting script font, absolutely true. If not ...

The letter e is too close to the letter y.



Mar 15, 2013 at 17:13

Thanks guys! You are truly a great set of mentors.
I hope to share something with you soon


Mar 15, 2013 at 17:58

claudeserieux said  
koeiekat said  
Depends. When it is an connecting script font, absolutely true. If not ...

The letter e is too close to the letter y.


Don't know which font you are showing but it looks a lot like a muddy version of the OPTIZeppelin-Script

which has no kerning pairs at all and does everything with the bearings, as a connecting script should do.

As said before, connecting scripts - if well done - do not need kerning. Not connecting fonts often do need kerning. An AW combination is not the same as an Ac or Al combination.


Mar 15, 2013 at 19:59

koeiekat said  
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Don't know which font you are showing but it looks a lot like a muddy version of the OPTIZeppelin-Script

The letters A and X are different.



Mar 15, 2013 at 20:42

Sure this is what you showed before?


Mar 15, 2013 at 20:48

koeiekat said  
Sure this is what you showed before?

Bien oui!



Mar 15, 2013 at 21:28

Interesting. Thank you. Never before saw this one. Never ever even heard of it. A Typositor typeface? Looks like never been digitized apart from the OPTI variation which is back-slanted a bit. Yet, as said, connecting script fonts should not need kerning. Though ... capitals pairs often do. Try the FA on this one.


Mar 15, 2013 at 22:34

Remarque: Opti Yale Script is a copy Aerolite (above).



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