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Getting a script font to connect

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:14 pm
by RPC
I have created a script font, however I cannot get the font to attach together. I would like each letter to be together to make it appear as it was written in one motion. I am new to Font Creator and was wondering how can I go about attaching the letters together.

Re: Getting a script font to connect

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:32 pm
by MikeW
Connecting script fonts take the most work, much of which is the connecting parts and side-bearings.

Take a look in the image below. This font does not rely on kerning. Most good connecting script fonts do not.
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Note how the side-bearings are inset from both the right and left of the character extremes. In other words, with side-bearings set like this, there will be a natural character overlap. (I only show the left side-bearing of the right-hand character in each pair.)

Mike

Re: Getting a script font to connect

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:39 pm
by RPC
Thank You! Since I am new to Fontcreator I would have never thought of moving the side bearings. I thought they have to stay where they were.

Re: Getting a script font to connect

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:47 pm
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thread moved to the support forum.

See this tutorial on Joining Flowing Scripts

Re: Getting a script font to connect

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:45 pm
by MikeW
RPC wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Thank You! Since I am new to Fontcreator I would have never thought of moving the side bearings. I thought they have to stay where they were.
The character itself is moved to the left of the left side-bearing. The right side-bearing is dragged into a typically common negative value.

As mentioned in the thread BP linked to, using the comparison window can help while setting the right side-bearing. Using angled guides can aid in moving the right-side tail that should connect to the next letter. As can setting vertical and horizontal guides for the common connection area.

It is a lot of hard work that only gets easier with time and practice.