Colorized/Transparency View feature request

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Colorized/Transparency View feature request

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Hi,

I've already written this in the beta forum. But because it is important for me I will repeat it here as a feature request ;-)
In the preview panel (and maybe in the font overview and/or the OpenType Designer too) it would be nice if I could colorize or change the transparency of some glyphs. The reason is that I have a font that "prints" two glyphs over each other (one has width 0). But to inspect if the overlapping is exact and correct I have to see both with different colors or transparency. Here you can see the standard preview:
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The same "problem" occurs when I copy the glyphs into each other:
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It's not easy to "see" which contour belongs to which glyph. May like this:
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The next upcoming update will contain an option to apply Fill outlines in all areas. At first it will be shown in the Font Overview panel and the Preview panel. We can then further extend it if needed.
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Re: Colorized/Transparency View feature request

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Here is an update that contains the new feature:

FontCreator 14.0.0.2796 (64-bit)
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We have just released an update that contains this enhancement.
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Re: Colorized/Transparency View feature request

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Thank you! I'm on a business trip right now and can test it only on Monday.
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Re: Colorized/Transparency View feature request

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Hi Erwin,

I've looked into the new feature. Honestly, it isn't exactly what I wanted/thought would be helpful. "Apply Everywhere" should be accompanied by "Apply Selected". When "stacking" two glyphs over each other I can assign, e.g. 20% transparency to the "background" glyph and 50% to the foreground glyph. With this option, I can visually clearly see how well they "overlap":
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As you can see above the outline of the glyph "rook" is placed so it overlaps the "cutout" of the field. This is only possible to see exactly if I can add different "transparency" or color to different glyphs.

But maybe it would be better to have a feature – if it is not already there – for defining some kind of "background glyph" which per definitionem is more transparent.

BTW I obviously don't understand how to copy two glyphs into one slot (combine two glyphs). There's a command "Add component ..." in FontLab which I can use while a glyph is open and add a second glyph on top.

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Re: Colorized/Transparency View feature request

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usw wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:16 am I've looked into the new feature. Honestly, it isn't exactly what I wanted/thought would be helpful. "Apply Everywhere" should be accompanied by "Apply Selected". When "stacking" two glyphs over each other I can assign, e.g. 20% transparency to the "background" glyph and 50% to the foreground glyph. With this option, I can visually clearly see how well they "overlap":
You need to use the Text tool to add more glyphs to the Glyph panel.
usw wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:16 am BTW I obviously don't understand how to copy two glyphs into one slot (combine two glyphs). There's a command "Add component ..." in FontLab which I can use while a glyph is open and add a second glyph on top.
You can not add glyph members to a simple glyph. The existing glyph must be either empty or composite.
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