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Michael Jarboe's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 12:08pm
Auto stems standard stems


I'm trying to understand FontLab Studio's Auto stem feature a bit more. I'm confident with the process for Alignment Zones and using the Adobe Auto Hinter, then making manual adjustments throughout for great results, but the Auto stem feature is a bit more elusive, although from visual results related to the finished hinting results it seems to work well so far.

I noticed if you open Myriad Pro you'll see a couple values, but if you hit the Auto stem button it adds more AND different values, so I'm trying to understand how best to handle standard stems moving forward, being that it looks as if there is a better way to handle this manually (as in the case of Myriad, for example).

It seems pretty simple in that your defining the width of vertical and horizontal stems, but depending on the typeface these can vary greatly, although it seems that we should be looking for the most prominent stems to define, correct?

I haven't yet experimented much as far as testing varying values and the on-screen results, but is the difference in values set clearly noticeable on screen? What should I be looking for and what is the best way to handle this process for the best results?

What about Italic vertical stem values, as the auto feature really seems to exaggerate them way too much.

Is it best to delete all the extra values that Auto stems creates and narrow it down to no more than a few of the most prominent vertical and horizontal stem values?

Please advise. Thanks.

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Joined: 25 Sep 2006 - 2:15pm