Tutorials tagged “opentype features”

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Stylistic Sets

Stylistic Sets

Have variations of a letter? Put them into a stylistic set!

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Localize Your Font: Catalan Punt Volat

Localize Your Font: Catalan Punt Volat

In Catalonia, you will sometimes see a dot in mid air between two L’s. Here is why, and how to implement it in your font.

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Localize Your Font: Accented Dutch ij

Localize Your Font: Accented Dutch ij

Dutch speaking people can stress their syllables by adding an acute accent to it. So, ‘ík’ is ‘ik’ with extra emphasis. There is one special case: the ij. Both the i and the j should get an accent. There is no j with an acute though.

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Localize Your Font: German Capital Sharp S

Localize Your Font: German Capital Sharp S

Even though practically non-existent in prescriptive German orthography, the lowercase sharp s (ß) has been used more often between capital letters in recent years. Here’s how to implement it in your font.

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Localize Your Font: Polish Kreska

Localize Your Font: Polish Kreska

In Polish, the c, n, o, s and z can take an acute accent a.k.a. kreska, in both uppercase and lowercase. The Poles draw their acutes a little differently though.

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Localize Your Font: Turkish i

Localize Your Font: Turkish i

Turkish and a couple of related languages distinguish between an İ/i with dot and an I/ı without a dot. If you plan to have small caps and ligatures in your font, you should read this.

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Localize Your Font: Romanian and Moldovan Comma Accent

Localize Your Font: Romanian and Moldovan Comma Accent

For Romanian and Latin Moldovan, your font needs comma accent letters, in particular S/s and T/t. Read here how to get them right and how to implement them.

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Features, Part 3: Advanced Contextual Alternates

Features, Part 3: Advanced Contextual Alternates

(also available in: French)

Designing a handwritten font with loads of alternates for each letter? Read this. I hope you like Swedish pop music.

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Features, Part 2: Contextual Substitutions

Features, Part 2: Contextual Substitutions

(also available in: French)

Want to substitute glyphs, but only under certain circumstances? Contextual substitutions are the way to go.

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Features, Part 1: Simple Substitutions

Features, Part 1: Simple Substitutions

(also available in: French)

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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