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Julian Hansen's picture
Joined: 23 Jan 2010 - 2:39pm

I was reading "How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul" and I was noticing that they used a type of underlining in the book where the line was stopped when it reached letters with descenders. Does anyone know how to this - and is it possible to make in FontLab?

I've attached an image to explain it visually.


Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm

If you want to do it in Fontlab, you'll need to have a typeface with underlines built in. In InDesign you can apply character styles with a underline, defining its offset, stroke weight, colour etc. For the gaps you just omit the style for that specific character. You can also play with adding a thin white stroke to the font to make gaps.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm

Like this.

jörg agostini's picture
Joined: 17 Jan 2006 - 5:09pm

Why not using GREP styles in Indesign?

1. Set up a Paragraph style for your text.
2. Create a new character style for the underlining.
3. In your paragraph style add a nested style and call the created character style.
4. Click on GREP style in your paragraph style and add a new GREP style.
5. Enter the character you want to change (p or g etc).
6. Where it says Apply Style create a new character style with underline turned off (or stroke around text).
7. Apply paragraph style to text.

I'm sure there is an easier way, but can't think of anything else without testing it.


Frank Grießhammer's picture
Joined: 18 Nov 2008 - 6:57am

Eike Dingler has implemented an interesting underlining feature in his type]media graduation typeface ‘Mexa’, using stylistic sets. Unfortunately, no images of this can be found online, but I guess you can just get in touch with him.

The underline values to be set in FontLab only control how the underline looks in word processing applications like MS Word (possibly also TextEdit etc). InDesign allows much finer-tuned control, as illustrated above.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

> Eike Dingler has implemented an interesting underlining feature


I'm interested in this thread because some scripts (like Armenian) have a much more serious problem than Latin in terms of underlining destroying legibility.


Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am

Old versions of Linux Libertine (2.x) had an underline font.