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Alternating Glyph Shapes with Multiple Axes

Alternating Glyph Shapes with Multiple Axes

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The Bracket Trick only works with a single axis. If you have two or more axes in your Multiple Master font, you can still have your glyphs change their shape. It’s a little trickier though.

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Alternating Glyph Shapes: The Bracket Trick

Alternating Glyph Shapes: The Bracket Trick

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Sometimes, you will need two different forms of a glyph. A common example is the vertical line in the dollar sign: in light weights, it usually cuts through the whole glyph, but in bold weights, there’s not enough room for that, so you will have to split up the line and reduce it to what extends beyond the top and the bottom of the S shaped part. Here’s a simple trick that will help you do this automatically.

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Rounded Corners

Rounded Corners

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You probably know the Round Corners filter. You can apply it to a whole glyph or just a selection. You can even apply it to a range of glyphs at once. Nice.

But there’s more to it.

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Hinting: PostScript Autohinting

Hinting: PostScript Autohinting

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Good screen rendering at small sizes needs good hinting. But good hinting is quite a complicated matter. Therefore, you want it to happen as automatically as possible. If you follow a few simple rules, you can reach pretty good results without much work.

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