Creating Multicoloured Glyphs

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Bhikkhu Pesala
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Creating Multicoloured Glyphs

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:28 pm

As long as there are not too many colours, it is fairly easy to do. My glyphs use four colours.

If you have any questions about this tutorial, please ask in the FontCreator Support Forum.

To see the coloured glyphs visit my Web Font Test Page using Vivaldi, Firefox, Chrome, or Edge.

Stage 1:
  1. Copy the glyph
  2. Insert a new glyph after it
  3. Paste a copy
  4. Repeat for the second and third copies
Stage 2:
  1. Delete unused colours from the palette
  2. Edit the four colours that you need using a colour-picker tool
  3. Apply the four colours to the original and three copies from the right-click menu, Colorize to selected color
  4. Name the glyph copies for easy identification: I used W.init for the original, W.yellow for the light yellow member, W.ochre for the dark yellow member, and for the green member.
Colourize to Selected Colour.png
Colourize to Selected Colour.png (21.67 KiB) Viewed 7920 times
Stage 3:
  1. Open the glyph edit window and toggle off the colour mode (shortcut C) to edit each colour member
  2. Edit the light yellow glyph member, deleting all contours that will not be light yellow
  3. Move right (Alt right cursor) and repeat for the dark yellow and green members.
Stage 4:
In the Original glyph, show the Members toolbar, and insert the other three coloured members.
Add Colour Glyph Members.png
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Stage 5:
Change the stacking order to move the green above the brown, the ochre above the green, and the yellow above the ochre.
Stacking Order.png
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Users of FontCreator 9.0 can open my attached Project file (Odana.fcp) to see exactly how the coloured glyphs are designed. Users of earlier versions can obtain the exported OpenType font from my Free Fonts Page.
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Bhikkhu Pesala
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Re: Creating Multicoloured Glyphs

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:26 am

A Coloured Dartboard Glyph

Creating a coloured dartboard glyph was not too hard using the graphics tools available in FontCreator. If you want to try this exercise yourself to become familiar with the techniques, here is a step by step guide to the design process.

1. Get the Proportions Right
Look at the official specifications and use a spreadsheet table to calculate the right sizes for each ring to suit the size of symbols in your font. A New Moon symbol or Geometric Shapes, Black Circle, which overshoot the baseline and Caps Height are a suitable size to use for the dartboard symbol.
Ring Sizes.png
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2. Create Diagonal Guidelines
Diagonal Guidelines.png
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  1. Select two nodes on the horizontal centre-line of the circle
  2. Press shortcut "g" ten times to create ten identical guides passing through the vertical centre-line of the symbol
  3. Note the co-ordinates of the horizontal centre-line
  4. Double-click the rulers to open the guidelines dialogue
  5. Modify the first guideline to be a diagonal guide passing through the centre of the symbol at an angle of 9°
  6. Modify all of the other guidelines at increments of 18° as shown in the screenshot
  7. Keyboard shortcuts: Alt+M = Modify, Right, Left, Tab, and Copy/Paste can speed up the process.
3. Insert the Numbers
Scaled Figures.png
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  1. Insert a temporary glyph before the dartboard symbol to use as a pasteboard.
  2. Insert composite glyph members 0-9
  3. Scale each glyph member to the desired size (I used 0.0518 as a scale factor)
  4. Move each composite glyph member using Shift+Right and/or Shift+Down to prevent overlap
  5. Make simple and copy to the Dartboard symbol
4. Copy and Rotate

Use the Transform toolbar to copy and rotate pairs of symmetrical contours to the desired angle.
Rotate Selection.png
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Do the same to rotate the figures. Enter a negative angle to rotate clockwise.
Rotate Figures.png
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