Making a bold font in Fontlab

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Ken Krugh's picture
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Joined: 10 Apr 2007 - 9:05am
Making a bold font in Fontlab
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Greetings!

We maintain a font for a client that we're moving to OpenType and they want to make the bold version a little heavier while we do this.

I can use the bold effect to get the glyphs to look the way I want them but is there a way to get Fontlab to expand the width of the character as well when changing the weight of the glyph? Seems like this would be a basic function but I've not yet found it.

I imagine with Python I might be able to script something to "record" the bearings, adjust the glyph weight and reset the bearings to what they were but I've NO idea how to even begin using Python.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Ken

James Montalbano's picture
Joined: 18 Jun 2003 - 11:00am
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Horizontal scaling?

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
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I use the [[http://kltf.de/kltf_otproduction.htm|KLTF Transformer]] for this. It’s pretty straight forward.

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Joined: 3 Dec 2002 - 7:36pm
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You can make the font bold, save it under a different name, open the original font alongside, select all glyphs, choose Copy, switch to the bold font, choose Edit / Paste Special, and only paste the sidebearings.

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Joined: 10 Apr 2007 - 9:05am
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Brilliant! Thanks guys, MUCH appreciated.