Import / copy from Illustrator to Fontlab?

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Import / copy from Illustrator to Fontlab?
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Since you have been able to copy your vectors in, you are halfway there.

The size you can control by drawing or scaling the original glyph in Illustrator.

Position the glyph so that it aligns with the bottom and left side of the page size you are using in Illustrator. This corressponds to the baseline and left side bearing in Fontlab. (At least it does when I use U.S. Letter)

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There is no big need to position glyph relative to the bottom-left corner of the page. Instead you can move “zero” point (which will be “zero” in FontLab) to any place on your page. Drag it from rectangle that exists on intersection of rulers in Illustrator document window.

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Thanks for your answer. I

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Wow! Sweet - it

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If you are on Mac, then the easy way to put full alphabet (as a single Illustrator picture) into FontLab is to use ScanFont 4. Try the demo version and you will see what I mean :-)

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> Is scanfont 4 going to work with OS 9.2?

I think so. 9.2 is a minimal requirement.

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Yuri — Im on Win and I can see that the newer versions of ScanFont isn

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We yet don’t have ScanFont 4 for Windows and version 3 is working only with bitmaps and autotracing completely ignoring EPS files.

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Another thing I wonder about is the whole baseline, grid thing etc. inside FL. Someone can explain this a little? And maybe how to set it up if needed….

And: The placement and size of the glyphs inside FL depends on how things are set up inside Illustrator — I get that as well as the zero point fix. But when I copy my glyps from Illu. the are pretty tiny inside FL eventhough they are almost a4 size in Illu. Is this normal or are there any advice here?

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Is scanfont 4 going to work with OS 9.2?