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Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:58 pm
by JJDOWNEY
I remember from early versions of the software there was a shadow effect option to apply to the font is that available in the last 3 versions as I've never seen it. I know when I tried version 5 I believe it had shadow effect. Like a 2d/3D shadow effect shadow of text. Can or will it be available as an update or downloadable to add to the font effects menu? As its a time save in terms of doing all the characters in shadow form from scratch.

I was also thinking off another effect that could be produced which is if you have a font that wide in style. There could an effect to narrow it. I know there is THIN effect but it makes letters thin. But make the letters NARROW in width not thickness.

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:02 pm
by MikeW
Any such effect was before my time with FC I think.

As for narrowing a font, you can use the transform dialog to scale horizontally to achieve that I think.

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:05 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
There was, and still is, an Outline Effect.
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I am not aware of there ever having been a shadow effect.

There is a scale effect in the Glyph Transformer that can be used to scale glyphs, but it will also scale vertical strokes.
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You can design and save your own Glyph Transform scripts in all recent versions of FontCreator as long as you have the Standard or Professional Editions.

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:29 am
by JJDOWNEY
Thank you to all who have left comments. Can someone who has worked on all the versions please tell me what version had the effect for shadow. As Font Creator is the program is the only program ive used. To generate the shadow effect as far back as version like 2,3,4.

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:29 am
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Can you attach a font that you created with a shadow effect using an earlier version?

I have used all versions since FontCreator 4.0

Drop Shadow effect?

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:36 pm
by jch02140
It would be great to have a drop shadow effect like the sample attached available for glyph transform. since creating "Outline" is already available...
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Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:52 am
by Erwin Denissen
We've added this request to the wish-list. It would be great if other people who would like to see this included in a future version of FontCreator, would let us know here as well.

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:01 am
by Bhikkhu Pesala
It looks like it ought to be easy to automate, but it's quite laborious to do manually. It's not something that I need personally, but I am sure it would be a useful enhancement.

Here is one that I made by manually moving some nodes after applying a thin outline.
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Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:58 am
by MikeW
I think it would be very useful, Erwin.

Mike

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:39 am
by Erwin Denissen
Last time we tried to implement it, we failed. Since then we've significantly improved our outline algorithms, so maybe it is easier now.

Re: Shadow Effects in FontCreator

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:06 pm
by jch02140
It would be nice to have an option to allow us to specify the drop shadows length and angle.