Converting Straight to Curved Lines

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Converting Straight to Curved Lines

Post by Shanafeg » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:59 pm

I'm playing with the FontCreator demo right now, and I'm wondering (I know it must be in the manual somewhere) how to change a straight line to a curved one. With Fontographer, which I'm used to, you just position the cursor over the line, press a mouse button, and pull the line in the direction you want. But how with FontCreator...?

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Re: converting straight to cuved lines

Post by Erwin Denissen » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:09 pm

There are several ways to achieve this. By playing with them all, you can decide what works best in a particular situation.

In point mode change one point from on-curve to off-curve. If the contour doesn't contain a point in the area, then first add a point, and then change it to off-curve.

Alternatively add an ellipse contour, and then use the merge feature to join the two contours.
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Re: Converting Straight to Curved Lines

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:26 pm

  1. Select the node at the anticlockwise end of the straight line that you wish to curve
  2. Press shortcuts a, then f.
  3. Drag the off-curve node at the mid-point to curve the line
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Re: Converting Straight to Curved Lines

Post by Shanafeg » Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:03 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Converting Straight to Curved Lines

Post by Shanafeg » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:22 pm

After more effort, I'm still hung up. How do I add a point? I select Insert/Contour, then click Apply on the menu that appears on the screen. I move the cursor where I want to add the point and right click it and a contour (or point?) appears. But when I then try to get out of insert mode, I can't do so without adding more points (since they're all connected with straight lines) until I connect them all together. And the point of this is to create a curved line; all the lines are straight. (Yes, I tried the tutorial that comes with the program, and this is about as far as I've gotten there).

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Re: Converting Straight to Curved Lines

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:40 pm

Once you have inserted a contour with Apply, then you can add points to the existing contour, as described above. You can only add nodes in points mode. Select a node, type shortcuts a, then f, to add a node and change it to off-curve.

The Insert contour tool only draws straight lines. Curves can be drawn with the Quick draw tool, but then you will not get such a smooth curve as by adding just one off-curve node to a straight line.
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