Adding OpenType Features in FontLab VI, Part 2: Local Language Feature

Last time I wrote an introduction to adding OpenType features to Protest. I included links to the resources I used most or found helpful. Reading those materials is foundational, and highly recommended. There are two types of features: substitutional and positional. The substitution features come first. This post covers local language rules in the locl substitution feature. Of the substitution features, here’s where I am [...]

2018-11-19T21:30:53+00:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Adding OpenType Features in FontLab VI, Part 1: Overview

My last post was about adding lots and lots of alternates to my Protest™ font in FontLab VI. This time I'm writing about adding OpenType features to Protest. This includes stuff like language support and cycling through alternates. I’m only going to cover a portion of the OT features in this post, because there’s a lot. I’ll cover more in future posts as I learn. [...]

2018-11-16T12:07:06+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , , |

Adding Alternates in FontLab VI

In my last post I documented what I did to add diacritics to my Protest font in FontLab VI. This post is about adding alternates to Protest. And there are a lot of alternates. However, having already added glyphs to FontLab VI, and having already added diacritics, the process is fairly straightforward. Preparatory Work In another blog post I mentioned that I'd been drawing and [...]

2018-10-18T12:24:02+00:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Adding Diacritics in FontLab VI

In my last blog post I wrote about doing test prints with specimen sheets and looking at typographic color. It dealt primarily with the basic Latin alphabet and figures. Now I'm ready to push into accented characters, expanding the Latin glyph set to include greater language support. In this post I document what I did to add diacritics to my Protest font in FontLab VI, [...]

2018-10-08T10:55:17+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Testing, Specimen Sheets,
& Typographic Color

In the last blog post I wrote about how I space a font in FontLab VI using the Tracy Method, based on Walter Tracy's 1986 book, Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design. This time I'm going over how I test that spacing and look for areas of improvement. The ideal for the font (for most any font) is even typographic color, and that's [...]

2018-09-28T09:05:04+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |

Spacing a Font, Part 2

Last time on the blog I wrote about what it means to space a font. I also made an introduction to the Tracy Method, based on Walter Tracy's 1986 book, Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design. If you haven't read that post yet, I highly suggest reading it before diving into this one. In this post I'm going to continue spacing my font, [...]

2018-09-28T08:59:44+00:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |

Spacing a Font, Part 1

Last time on the blog I went through the whole process of taking digitized glyphs from Adobe Illustrator to FontLab VI. It was kinda long, because FontLab is powerful, but has some quirks. In this post I'm going to start the process of spacing my font, beginning with the overarching principles and methods. I'm including the mistakes I made so you can hopefully avoid those [...]

2018-10-04T14:45:19+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Adding Glyphs To
FontLab VI

In my previous post I walked through my process of digitizing hand drawn glyphs. For a typeface that's supposed to look hand drawn like Protest, digitizing using Adobe Illustrator's Image Trace seemed to yield the best results. In this post I'll go over how I moved from Illustrator into FontLab VI. Standardize Digitizing To Make Importing Easier Remember those guidelines I'd been using when I [...]

2018-10-04T14:44:39+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , , |

Digitizing Hand Drawn Glyphs

Now that I'm finished drawing all the glyphs for my Protest font (for more on that, see my last 38 blog posts), it's time to digitize! I'd be lying if I said I drew everything over the last year and just now started digitizing. I've been digitizing as I go in order to make the featured images for my blog posts. Digitizing as I go [...]

2018-09-28T08:54:16+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |

Diacritics: Part 3

The previous post in this series deals with round and symmetrical forms including the dot, umlaut, ring, breve, and macron ( ˙ ¨ ˚ ˘ ¯ ). Here in Part 3 I'll cover marks that appear below the letter, including the comma, cedilla, and ogonek (  ̦ ¸ ˛ ). I'll also throw in the slash and tilde (  ̷ ˜ ), because they're the only [...]

2018-06-12T10:20:55+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , , |