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Full color bitmap fonts? photofont?


Oct 13, 2012 at 15:35

I've been doing some googling and have come across a way to do full color fonts. they're mainly geared towards on screen use.
I've found a couple programs that will make them but they are really expensive. does anyone know anything more about this technology?

Oct 13, 2012 at 15:49 you can create fonts in a certain color?
It's finally possible?!

Oct 13, 2012 at 15:54

Oct 13, 2012 at 20:07

Was that directed at Kirksucks or me?

Oct 14, 2012 at 02:58

malvolio said you can create fonts in a certain color?
It's finally possible?!

Certain color yes, black indeed...

Oct 14, 2012 at 03:38

Ah, yes. LOL.
But the way kirksucks phrased it, it sounded like the color barrier was broken...

Oct 14, 2012 at 07:16

what the hell am I looking at then?

Has anyone heard of this, and what is it? that's the whole point of this post. its not a .ttf vector font. but from what it says it can be used in photoshop.

Oct 14, 2012 at 14:27

That is just random pictures you can use as a font - what I invisioned was something like, say, Fontcreator of Fontlab, where you could create fonts and their outlines in something other than black.

Oct 14, 2012 at 15:18

Kirk still ehh ...

Oct 14, 2012 at 16:46

vector is never going to be in full color. my question is, can you type, using the type tool in photoshop with a "photo" font? is that a real thing?

Oct 14, 2012 at 17:28

That is what they say. But you can not scale as I understand. Why not try it?

Oct 15, 2012 at 09:43

Not new. These softwares are from Fontlab. You have to create a font with bitfonter ( and save it as a photofont file (.phf) then you need a photofont plugin to make it work. The plugin is free for photoshop, indesign and xpress :
edit : oh, and no CS5 and 6 support for the plugin... too bad

Not that simple, indeed.

Edited 2 times. Last edit on Oct 15, 2012 at 09:47 by vinz

Oct 16, 2012 at 12:13

BUT you can make AMAZING things (with or without this plugin) :

Anyway, i think this kind of use is very rare and is more an illustration (even art) than a regular use, so does it worth making a (complex) font ?

Aug 06, 2013 at 22:05

kirksucks said  
vector is never going to be in full color.

Scalable OpenType Color fonts can be made with FontCreator from High-Logic.

There is also a video that shows how to make 'm.

Edited 2 times. Last edit on Aug 06, 2013 at 23:40 by fontsandmore

Aug 06, 2013 at 22:34

Dat was niet zo'n slimme opmerking fontsandmore. Er is een gering maar significant verschil tussen full color en scalable. De Nederwiet maar even laten liggen.

Aug 07, 2013 at 00:09

See ScanFont 5:

Note that ScanFont 5 is a plug-in for other FontLab softwares, unlike ScanFont 3, which is a stand alone font editor and, unfortunately, no longer for sale.

Aug 07, 2013 at 00:56

Microsoft added multi-color font support in Windows 8.1, and FontCreator is a font editor that allows you to make such colour fonts.

See for yourself:

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:51

Yep, multi-color fonts are part of the 'new thing'... I haven't done any yet, as I'm not sure how much demand there really is for them for the time being.. or even how to classify them.

Aug 07, 2013 at 18:41

problem at my sense is choice for futur customer ... when is non-color black is really nice to make/create your color/visual
many color,not sure is a good for use in business ...

Aug 08, 2013 at 10:00

Maelle.K said  
when is non-color black is really nice to make/create your color/visual

"quand est non-couleur noire est vraiment sympa à faire / créer votre couleur / visuelle"

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