Some Guidence Please...spacing, kerning and metrics...

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Ponyack
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Some Guidence Please...spacing, kerning and metrics...

Post by Ponyack » Wed May 17, 2006 1:52 am

Hi,

I have been working on my first font and following along with the handwriting tutorial...but I am having a tough time with the spacing...I have tried to use the kerning tool but nothing shows up in the dialog box....and since I am new I am still trying to get my head around using metrics.
Can someone give me a shove in the right direction?

Thanks,

Ponyack

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Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed May 17, 2006 10:01 am

Spacing is one of the hardest things to get right. Try using the Comparison Toolbar and scroll through your font checking how each glyph looks next to the comparison glyphs. Then try with a different pair, e.g. Capitals.

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Adjusting the position of the glyph in the em-square and the right-side bearing is the first step (left side-bearing is best left at zero). Then check for vertical alignment. Letters with flat bases should sit on the baseline, while letters with round bases like c,o,s should descend below it.

Also use the Preview Toolbar to show an entire alphabet a-z or A-Z or 0-9 to see any letters that look out of alignment.

Kerning may be necessary finally, but it is the last aspect of letter spacing to adjust. Some applications do not support kerning.
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Post by Erwin Denissen » Wed May 17, 2006 10:47 am

Bhikkhu Pesala,

Great suggestions. May I add, it might be wise to overlap glyphs by 1-4% of the units per em, to avoid pixel dropout caused by rounding. It is recommended to put the overlap on the right side of the glyphs.
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Thanks

Post by Ponyack » Wed May 17, 2006 10:10 pm

I appreciate all the feedback.

I'll post when I have somethng significant

Ponyack

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