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Psymon
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Question re working with color

Post by Psymon » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:31 pm

I created a set of decorative initials, the A for which looks like this...

Alde Decorative A - BW.jpg
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One of the big uses I'll have for my fonts is in ebooks, and it would be totally cool if I could do up a color version of my font, too, using the same off-reddish color (#c32f0a) that I use for my headings, etc. in those "antique"-looking ebooks, and have all my initials looking instead like this...

Alde Decorative A - Color.jpg
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I've looked at the help files, figured out that I go into the glyph editor for any particular glyph, right-click and choose "Colorize," and then... I'm stuck. My whole glyph turns blue, and I don't know what to do next. In the help files for FC, there's a single paragraph about "Create a Multi-color Glyph," but it doesn't tell me what to DO, and I can't seem to find anywhere else to figure that out.

I am assuming, of course, that that's actually a pretty simple thing to colorize? I just have to select the letter out of the whole glyph, and just add colour to the letter, leaving the rest black -- but how?

I'm clueless... :roll:

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Re: Question re working with color

Post by honest.bern » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:59 pm

This is the procedure that I worked out for chromatic fonts in FontCreator 9.1 Professional Edition

1. “Color mode” icon (below printer icon) select “Monochrome” or “Auto” not “Color”.

2. Insert extra glyphs after each glyph that needs colours
1. Original glyph contains unaltered contours. (This should be left unaltered. If the glyph is removed, then applications that do not show chromatic fonts will display a blank.)
2. Insert new glyphs: Font overview, highlight a glyph, Insert menu, Glyph
3. A new glyph is needed for each colour (including black)
4. In each new glyph, set right sidebearing by dragging left sidebearing to the right to the correct distance

3. Split contour in first copy to divide glyph into multiple contours
1. Copy glyph from original to first copy.
2. point mode
3. knife tool
4. stretch from one point to another.
5. change to contour mode, move new contour (to test), undo
6. Copy divided first copy to the other copies
7. In each of the copies delete contours so that each copy will only have contours for one colour.

4. Colour each of the copies
1. View menu, “Color Mode” off
2. Show palette: View menu, Toolbars, Palette
3. Select right colour
4. Right click glyph, Color, Colorize
5. On palette select colour. Press “Apply”.

5. Combine coloured copies
1. Glyph view of original glyph
2. “Color mode” icon (below printer icon) select “Color” not “Monochrome” or “Auto”
3. Show members toolbar (View menu, Toolbars, Members)
4. On members toolbar click the green +
5. Select glyphs that have the missing coloured contours.


The procedure for FontCreator 11 is a little different, but I cannot find my notes (if I made any) at the moment.

A little experimenting should be worth doing.


The main problem has always been that whatever colour I select, clicking the glyph (at 4:5) always turns it blue! I have learned that as soon as I turn the glyph blue I must click on the colour palette again to select the right colour and then right-click the glyph again; the icon of a can of paint pouring appears, and the glyph turns the right colour.


I hope this is some help.

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Re: Question re working with color

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:03 am

See the tutorial thread on Creating Multicoloured Glyphs
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Re: Question re working with color

Post by Psymon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:10 pm

Oh, wow, thank you, Bern, for those detailed instructions! I tried them out last night, but got stuck about half-way because there must be something different between version 9 and v. 11. Thank you so much, though, for taking that time and trouble to write that all out!

And thanks to Bhikkhu, too, for the link to the tutorial! Haven't tried it out yet, but that just might do the trick (love that decorative initial you were making there, too!). :)

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Re: Question re working with color

Post by honest.bern » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:21 pm

I have found my version 11 procedure at last.


Procedure for chromatic fonts in FontCreator 11.0 Professional Edition
1. “Color mode” icon (below “Window” menu) select “Monochrome” or “Auto” not “Color”.

2. Insert extra glyphs after each glyph that needs colours
1. Original glyph contains unaltered contours. (This should be left unaltered. If the glyph is removed, then applications that do not show chromatic fonts will display a blank.)
2. Insert new glyphs: Font overview, highlight a glyph, Insert menu, Glyph
3. A new glyph is needed for each colour (including black)

3. Enter original glyph view
1. Press “Make Simple” icon (to right of pink eraser “Make Empty”)
2. Copy

4. In first copy paste, split contour to divide glyph into multiple contours
1. point mode
2. knife tool
3. stretch from one point to another.
4. change to contour mode, move new contour (to test), undo
5. Copy divided first copy to the other copies
6. In each of the copies delete contours so that each copy will only have contours for one colour.

5. Colour every copy (including black copy)
1. View menu, “Color Mode” not ticked
2. Show palette: View menu, Toolbars, Palette or Shift+F2
3. Select right colour
4. Right click glyph, Color.
5. If colour is wrong, change colour in palette and use “Paint Bucket”

6. Combine coloured copies
1. Glyph view of original glyph
2. Press “Color mode” icon (below “Window” menu). Glyph disappears.
3. Show members toolbar (View menu, Toolbars, Members or Shift+F8)
4. On members toolbar click the green +
5. Select each glyph that has a missing colour contour and press “OK”.

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Re: Question re working with color

Post by Psymon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:44 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:03 am
See the tutorial thread on Creating Multicoloured Glyphs
In your tutorial, Bhikkhu, you have this bit...
Stage 4:
In the Original glyph, show the Members toolbar, and insert the other three coloured members.
This was the problem I had with Bern's first instructions, too (haven't tried out the updated ones he just posted yet). When I get to that part, I go under View -> Toolbars, but then Members is grayed out, I can't do anything with it. :(

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Re: Question re working with color

Post by Psymon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:01 pm

Oh, I think I may have figured out my problem. There was a thing in there when you change your color mode ("C") and you get a little pop-up window to add members -- I didn't notice that before.

Just did that, and I think everything will work out now -- I'll be back, no doubt, if it doesn't. ;)

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