Hey guys,

I'm working on a typeface this quarter for a school class and need some critique from you type experts. The name of my typeface is "1800 Something" because it was Inspired by the “Franklin TYPE Foundry - Book of Specimens Edition of 1889”. The goal with this font was to use characteristics of 1800 typefaces and make them relevant again for type nerds alike. Basically i'm looking for any critique but I am specifically concerned with my drop shadow alternates, how can I make the drop shadow less illustrator stroke looking, it feels too blocky.

Thanks for any comments and all your critiques!


Hi everyone,

I'm hoping for some help with FontLab. I'm pretty new to the program and am having some difficulties when pasting in from illustrator. Based on a friend's good knowledge, I think the glyphs are pasting as a background layer, as they are not editable and show as a filled object rather than outlines like they normally would. Hopefully this makes sense. Does anyone know how to turn off [?] pasting as a background layer?

Thanks in advance!!


I think I'm getting to grips with OpenType coding - I just birthed my first contextual one-to-many substitution, and am as proud as you'd expect - but I'm still puzzled by one thing and unsure about another.

The puzzle is that when I define-and-run a lookup, the layout engine goes back to the start of the glyph run, as I'd expect. But when I call a lookup, it doesn't, at least in FontLab. Is that just how it is?

The uncertainty is over whether all kinds of lookup types are allowed in all features, or whether it's better to stick to the lookup types specified for features at the Microsoft OT spec site. I know FontLab is liberal, but are all apps?

Thanks very much for any help!

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Double "/" bug

Hey there,

So... I've no idea why, but whenever I type "/" on my keyboard, when trying the font I'm designing, the slash doesn't appear. But then when I type "/" again, and it appears. So, every time I type "/" 2 times, only 1 "/" appears on my screen.

It happens in both FontLab preview and Illustrator. Any thoughts?

Sorry if somebody already posted this, I looked for another post with a solution but couldn't find anything.


Playing around with Dialog Kit I've made a script to fill the most important fields in a font family at once in Fontlab. The program follows Karsten Lücke's recommendations about Font Metrics and Font Naming in his well known PDFs.
I'm sure several of you will point better methods or syntax :) so thanks a lot in advance. I will try to improve the interface and the script in the future, but for the moment, this is all I can do. Thanks to Tal Leming and Paul van der Laan for the help.

1- Open your fonts

Hello to all!

I've just went live with a simple tool to generate encoding text for FontLab.

It's still in a very early stage (I'm sorry if it's still too painful), but I want to share it with you guys in order to have feedback/suggestions.

Here's the link:


Today I designed a dingbat font with multiple layers and for some reason when the different fonts are stacked there's a vertical shift with each layer. In other words, the shapes are not vertically centered even though they do align perfectly in FontLab. Is there something I might be doing wrong?

Also, how do you define the vertical metrics in dingbat fonts?

Hello everyone,

I'm working on rather experimental font - each glyph consists of many horizontal stripes (individual paths/contours)

Is there any way to re-arrange thier hierarchy/order?

For exmple the top contour would be #1 and the last one #23 ? (or otherwise)

I've figured out how to display their numbers (ctrl + F7) but how to change their order?

Thumby and time consuming solution would be probably "cut and paste" in the right order but I'm looking for something more effective.

Any help appreciated,

Here are two of several messages I receive upon trying to generate fonts:

[WARNING] Start of new pair positioning subtable; some pairs may never be accessed: [a a.ss01 agrave.ss01 aacute.ss01 acircumflex.ss01 atilde.ss01 adieresis.ss01 aring.ss01] [y yacute ydieresis ycircumflex ygrave]
[WARNING] Start of new pair positioning subtable; some pairs may never be accessed: [r racute rcommaaccent rcaron] [o ograve oacute ocircumflex otilde odieresis oslash omacron ohungarumlaut] [C:/Users/user/Documents/FontLab/Studio 5/fontlab.fea 487]

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Fontlab: Kerning class error

When adding "æ", "ø" or "å" to any of my kerning classes, following error message occurs: "invalid token (text was "æ/ø/å")". Anybody seen this before?

I'm working on a typeface I've been working on for a year and I'm nearly done. Today I added a few more kerning classes and kerned hundreds of kerning pairs. I spent hours on it today and I was excited to be done and generate the font and I get an error stating I can't generate the font because some glyphs used in the feature file were not found in the font.

Now, this seems an easy problem to fix. I just don't know how. Can someone tell me what I need to be looking at? Today I replaced a few characters and added some kerning classes in both Bold and Light and I get the same error in both versions so I'm quite sure the problem is in one of the kerning classes.

As far as I can remember these are the classes I added:

I have a trouble when I upload my glyph from illustrator to Font Lab. The font is quiet complicated, it's supposed to have a kind of texture. It's all traced and all shapes are supposed to be closed (I used the pathfinder). But when I copy/paste the font, it gives me the result as in the picture attached...
Would any one have an idea of what could be wrong and how could I repare it?

I'm struggling since 3 days. Getting Crazy! Pleaaase.

I’m having a Fontlab 5.1 issue some of your old hats will probably laugh about. It seems so silly, but I cannot figure this out. Since yesterday the glyphs of my font project, the outlines, have become unresponsive to clicking on them. I cannot select the outline, activate points, nothing. I can select layers, I can turn them off and on, visibility and all. I can select glyphs in the map. I can write in both, preview and the metrics window. Everything else works, except for selecting an outline in any layer (in mask it doesn’t work either).

I have set kerning in my win type 1 font, and, wanted to use it in MS word. Weird is, kerning works just in some cases - just on basic characters. The problem is only in office - in all other programs like illustrator / indesign not.

- screenshot - left - illustrator, right MS word 2007 (problem at "ře" vs "re" )

- turn kerning in word on/off,
- play with settings at fontlab options in kerning,
- made openType feature "kerning" with kerning asist.
nothing worked. seems like word ignoring all national characters kerning..

Anyone can help me?

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Glyphs workflow

Who is actively working with the type design tool Glyphs from Georg Seifert, instead of Fontlab? I am interested to hear about your experiences.

How do you do put several different horizontal guidelines across the whole font in Fontlab?


I have a problem with my font which has been stopped typing numbers! when you for examples write 1 it's type something else which other glyph I used that has not unicode ,, and the same problem form other numbers..

I have delete some unnecessarily glyphs before, so is it the problem? maybe the index has been changed? or it is a problem in the programming? anyone knows please?


Hello! I just designed a dingbat font (all illustrations) and ran a test in Font Book in OS Maverics and it says "can not validate". I use FontLab 5.1.4 to generate. I don't have that problem when it's a letter font, only when I do an illustration one. It won't totally fine if you override and load it, no problems and computer still works fine. This problem does not exist on older OS versions.


I have a problem in drawing in fontlab, always my letters are not smooth when I display it on screen. So, what is right way or best way to draw in fontlab? any help please?


First, I’m kind of new to this.
I’m about to create a Script font and I have some problems with the lower “r” and the other lower glyphs connected to it.

Am I supposed to do a ligature for every lower letter connected to the lower “r”? That sounds weird.
When I look at my script fonts installed on my computer there are no big amount of ligatures.

There must be some other solution to it.
When I look at fonts on MyFonts, like Ciao Bella, there are no ligatures for the lower r but when I write it in the “Sample text” field there is a more accurate connection between the lower “o” and the lower “r” and the “e” and the “r” and so on.

Any smart and simple solution to this?
Please help me.

Thank you.


There is a new group for shearing Scripts & Macros on facebook:

Feel free to join and share!

Hi all,

I'm designing a handwriten font wich contain many alternate sets of characters and I programmed a calt feature to randomize it. The feature contains a lot of lines mixing and conditioning the substition of each character. I thing the sintaxis is fine and the replacement works fine too, but when I increase the number of characters in each of the classes used in the code the output panel shows the following warning:

[FATAL] GSUB feature 'ÿÿÿÿ' causes overflow of offset to a subtable (0x1140a)

(I don't know why the name of the feature is swhown without the correct name).

I made a font recently and it worked fine. Then I decided to do the Arabic unicode block, then the Arabic presentations A and B.
Now that I generated the font, Word crashes (but not InDesign) when I copy an arabic text (from Wikipedia) and paste it in a document using my font. I used UnicodeView and the Character Map to see the font and it all works, except when selecting the Arabic block (0600 - 06FF). CharMap crashes and Unicode View fills the screen with error messages saying some dll crashed and a memory segment was violated, blah blah blah.

FontLab is surveying users of their software (and competitors), and offering some nice prizes for responses, and even just tweeting about it.

Hello Forum,

I am stuck at one point in FontLab and hope someone can help me.
I would like to integrate arrows in a TrueType font using FontLab: arrow right and arrow left.
The font should be used as a webfont later and i don´t want to build in images for arrows anymore.

To achieve this I proceeded as follows in FontLab:
- Create a Glyph in an empty grey box wich is marked yellow in the font-window
I understand that glyphs, that are not yellow do not belong to the currently selected encoding, codepage or Unicode range
- then i rename the glypgh-name to "arrowright" (using the context-Menue) and generate the unicode index for it (2192) using the little diamond
- After that action the Glyph is marked as grey (unencoded?) and it goes to the end-section in the font-window.

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