Programming a feature for coincidental choice of alternative glyphs

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Julia Gordon's picture
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Programming a feature for coincidental choice of alternative glyphs
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I´m working on my first typeface. It is supposed to look as if cut out of paper. In order to improve the "handmade" look, I designed several glyphs for each charakter. (You can see it on the example .png I uploaded. I searched a few days but didn´t find an answer to my question: is there a script that makes the font choose different glyphs for each charakter incidentally?
Until now, I have to pick every alternative glyph in the glyphs window in indesign, which is too time consuming, of course.
Any suggestions? If somebody doesn´t know the answer but knows where I could improve my knowledge about open type and python in general, this might help, too.
Thank you!

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture
Joined: 24 May 2005 - 7:36am
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AFAIK it can’t be done, but there are some nice tricks that can fake it pretty well. It is a recurring question here on Typophile (seems that a lot of people wants to do something like that, myself included). You can start your search by googling something like

site:typophile.com random opentype

Good luck!