HELP! Pasting complex paths from ai into Fontlab or Fontographer

gusnicklos's picture

In the past I have designed "textured" looking faces by rendering with pencil, photographing, tracing (in freehand mx at the time), then copy/pasting into fontographer. I recently have designed a face, rendered it in chalk, vectorized it and am now attempting to copy it from ai into Fontlab. I have even tried copying it into Fontographer. Is there anyone out there that can suggest a work flow that will help me achieve success? Are there preferences that I can change that I am missing?

gusnicklos's picture

In addition: the result when I try to paste looks out of control in Fontlab and auto drops into the templates layer in fontographer. See attached.

blank's picture

My guess is that it's a crapload of overlapping nodes created by Illustrator's not-so-hot autotrace routine that make FontLab freak out. If so you might be able to merge the stacked nodes by option-clicking the merge button in pathfinder. But that's just a guess.

If that doesn't work, try copying over small sections or even individual paths, one at a time. That might allow you to get a simple enough mess to see what is really going on in the Illustrator paths.

Gary Lonergan's picture

It may be a mistake in the system but it's a fantastic image. I can't stand drawing in illustrator personally the direct and indirect selection tool does my head in. But it's all a question of what your used to.

gusnicklos's picture

I think I figured it out... all I have to say is that when it comes to type and paths, "Don't send an Adobe Illustrator to do a Macromedia Freehand's job." Thanks for the thoughts guys.


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gusnicklos's picture

Thanks for the help guys. I managed to figure it out, but I had to use two computers, an old version of Freehand, Fontographer, Photoshop, Illustrator and FontLab. It was an experience to say the least. I have some pictures at my blog and more to come as soon as Keen sends me some shots in use.

Thanks again,


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