How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

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How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Thu May 31, 2018 7:27 pm

Hello,

I'm new here, and I have a font that has three variants

Can anyone help me how to create alternate fonts in FontCreator?

I try to search on youtube and on the net but can't find any.

Please, I need help and if possible send me a video for tutorials.

Tnx.
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu May 31, 2018 7:32 pm

I moved your post to the correct forum.

You can find some Video Tutorials in the Tutorials forum.

What do you mean by variants? Regular, Bold, and Italics? Or something else?
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Thu May 31, 2018 7:47 pm

It is not Regular, bold and italics and also bold italics,

For example for the char A, it has 3 different type of A. so in photoshop, or indesign, when i highlight the char A, it will show me 3 alternate A in glyph.
See in the attachment, an example.

So i need to know what are the steps to create alternate font in fontcreator.

Any help.
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu May 31, 2018 7:57 pm

You need to add a Stylistic Alternates feature using the OpenType Designer.

Name your glyphs A, A.alt1, A.alt2 etc., and add a glyph substitution as in the linked thread.
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:01 am

Please can you give me more details, on how to add Stylistic Alternates on fontcreator. Also, i dont know what is the use of lookups. Do i need to insert single substitution and so on, pls.

Any help.

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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:12 am

Watch the video What's New in FontCreator 11.0 from 7:30 onwards on adding scripts, features, and lookups.

Which version of FontCreator do you have ?
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:29 am

I have check the video that you sent me the link but there is only a short brief on how to use opentype designer.

Please is it possible to make a full tutorials on opentype designer like how to add alternate font such as 3 variants fonts in the same font?
What is the use of features and lookups?
What is class manager?
When adding an alternate, do i need to add chaining context and so on.

Please i really need your help. I know that it is a bit hard for you to do so, can you try and also i dont really use scripts in codes?

Sorry to disturb you again.

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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:55 am

You don't need a chaining context, just a simple Glyph Substitution.

I already spent many months of my free time producing the tutorials. I have no more time to spare for hand-holding you through the process.

Read the help file, watch the tutorials, and discover how the process works.
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:03 pm

Hello,

I find a font which has 5 variants type so when i type A - 5 times, it show 5 different variants in either in Photoshop, Indesign and also in Opentype designer when i type 5 type it, but in opentype designer, when i click on CALT, it works so any help...

I really need your help.

Tnx for all.

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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Erwin Denissen » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:04 pm

Even with this new information it is not clear to me what you try to accomplish.

Maybe the rand feature would do the trick?
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by MikeW » Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:36 pm

I think that the OP wants the calt feature to cycle through alternates automatically like in this Glyphs tutorial:

https://glyphsapp.com/tutorials/feature ... alternates

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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Erwin Denissen » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:17 pm

Here is how it can be done in FontCreator:
Add Contextual Alternates to Mimic Random Glyph Rotation
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:12 pm

Yes, that what i'm trying to do but even with your example, i cant solve the problem. any help.

I send you an example in the attachment but can you try to solve the problem and send me back so i can know why i cant done it correctly.

Tnx for all.

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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by Erwin Denissen » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:26 pm

I've used Garava to make a test case which contains OpenType layout feature code for 4 additional pseudo random character variants for all lower case Latin characters (a..z).
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Due to the nature of processing text, each line resets the "randomness".
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Re: How do I Create Alternate Fonts?

Post by mensinhl1977 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:05 am

Thank you very much for your example, i finally understand how it works but now i have more problems such as for the first 2 letters such as BA should be the first variant and after this another BA and this one should be the second one and so on.

How can i do this settings?

Please check the picture in the attachment, i sent you an example , how it should be. the font in the red circle is the correct one.

Please any help.
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