Is there a way to preview hairline letterforms?

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Is there a way to preview hairline letterforms?
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I'm working on a hairline typeface right now, something similar to Marian -- [[http://commercialtype.com/typefaces/marian]] -- and I'm wondering if there's some Python snippet or something out there that allows you to preview your path without expanding it.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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How similar is it?

hhp

Satya Rajpurohit's picture
Joined: 27 Jul 2006 - 3:31pm
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There is no way to preview strokes in FontLab - however - you can do this with [[http://glyphsapp.com/|Glyphs.]]

Cheers!

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Thanks! Anyone know if Robofont can preview a stroke? I've been looking into making that purchase.

George Thomas's picture
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There's a Trial version of RoboFont available if you don't get an answer here.

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Maybe someone who works at Commercial Type can answer this directly, but I have to imagine Marian was either built in Glyphs or they had some special python code that allowed them to preview it. Hrant -- if you're implying, "Is this going to be just another form of Marian, a hairline spine/outline form of a classic typeface?" the answer to that is no. Hopefully it will see commercial release within the year, though.

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Cool. Good luck wit it.

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Jason Campbell's picture
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In Robofont, you can certainly turn off fill, but that's not really previewing a stroke.
I'd ask Frederick directly, he might know of a plugin:
@typemytype

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There is an outliner plug-in for RoboFont (free download):

http://doc.robofont.com/extensions/download-extensions/outliner/

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RoboFont’s preview doesn’t work well with open paths, they are always closed automatically.

With some Python hacking skills you could probably make the Outliner plug-in to work better for this purpose.

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Thanks, Jason, Mark & Jens! Outliner looks like exactly the tool I'm looking for, and it's swaying more and more towards buying RoboFont.

James Montalbano's picture
Joined: 18 Jun 2003 - 11:00am
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This is easy to do in FontLab.
In the metrics window switch it to outline view. Shift Command p on a Mac.

Satya Rajpurohit's picture
Joined: 27 Jul 2006 - 3:31pm
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Thanks for the great tip, James. I wasn't aware it was possible in FontLab too.