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Features, Part 1: Simple Substitutions

Features, Part 1: Simple Substitutions

opentype features

No modern font is complete without them, and Glyphs helps you build them. In this first installment about OpenType features, we’ll explore the very basics and what Glyphs can automate for you.

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Scripting Glyphs, Part 2

Scripting Glyphs, Part 2

scripting python

In the first installment, we learned how to output some font and glyph info. Now we want to go a step further and actually manipulate the font. So, make a copy of your favorite font creation and warm up your Python muscles.

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Scripting Glyphs, Part 1

Scripting Glyphs, Part 1

scripting python

This is the first of a series of Python tutorials. No prior knowledge required. In this first installment, we’ll make our first steps in the Macro window.

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Importing Existing Fonts

Importing Existing Fonts

components glyph names hinting importing

Want to manipulate an already existing font? Here are a few handy tips for that situation.

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Easy Oblique

Easy Oblique

filters

Now that you’ve finished the upright of your font, you’re confronted with a severe case of Italic Angst. An easy way out is an Oblique. Or you have left your Italic Angst behind you and you’re actually about to do your Italic. But even in a real Italic, the caps and small caps will still need to be obliqued.

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Batch Renaming

Batch Renaming

(also available in: French) glyph names

Sometimes you need to change the name of a whole range of glyphs. Batch renaming is a piece of cake in Glyphs. Here’s how.

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Alternating Glyph Shapes with Multiple Axes

Alternating Glyph Shapes with Multiple Axes

custom parameters multiple master

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

editing layers multiple master

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

custom parameters filters

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

hinting

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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