Layering for Chromatic fonts?

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Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby jch02140 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:50 am

Would it be possible to implement layers feature so it will be easier to create chromatic typefaces within a single font project. Exporting will generates all the different font layer OTF/TTF files.

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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby Erwin Denissen » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:26 am

There seems to become more interest in this, but we're not sure if there is currently enough need for this.

We were the first to support the Microsoft color format, and might first improve and add more color format.

If other people are also interested in chromatic font production, then please let us know!
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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby William » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:57 am

I am interested in colour font production.

Can you say what a font maker would experience if your request were implemented please?

I cannot quite understand what it is that you are wanting.

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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby jch02140 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:38 am

Something like Photoshop layers... I think Glyph App new version support layering fonts production... Something similar can be implement into FontCreator would be great.

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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby William » Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:24 pm

Well, I do not know Photoshop.

I am aware of layers in some drawing programs, for example, DrawPlus.

However, I still do not understand what you are seeking.

When one is making a colour font, each constituent glyph of the whole chromatic glyph is defined to be in a single designated colour.

What exactly would be achievable by a FontCreator user if your suggestion were implemented please?

I do not understand what you would like FontCreator to be able to do.

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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby jch02140 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:42 pm

Hi William,

I am thinking of something like a built-in multi-layers preview. You can mark each layer with a different color (to distinguish between differnt chromatic parts) and perhaps transparency setting to simulate overprint effect.

Perhaps something that looks like this in the work windows and preview...

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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby jch02140 » Mon May 11, 2015 8:10 am

Just to clarify my idea. Perhaps this is why William is confused about the chromatic layer parts...

I am actually planning to make something like this:
https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/hwt/american-chromatic/

There will be multiple fonts separated into layers like shadows, inset, base, fill, etc....

It will not have any colors by default.
I am planning to make them like a normal fonts but one can overlay multiple fonts in applications
such as Photoshops to create the chromatic effects.

Not exactly a color fonts...

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Re: Layering for Chromatic fonts?

Postby William » Tue May 19, 2015 6:39 pm

Ah, thank you for explaining.

You might perhaps enjoy the following thread, where I write about a set of five fonts that I made some years ago.

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=859

They are based around a basic monochrome font that is, as best I remember it, the design that I used back in the 1960s for some experimental computer plotter lettering.

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