FONTFORGE : Transform Glyph without changing its weight? Possible?


Hi everyone,

Well everything is in the title...
I am not an expert yet on Fontforge and I am struggling to find a way to scale down my caps without changing their weights. It would avoid me to scale down then manually increase weight for each letter, which would make me go crazy for sure haha.

Thanks for any help, I would appreciate!

Create Unicode for new glyphs


Hi! I'm designing a layered typeface with three weights and some extra glyphs (ligatures, swashes and some weird alternates). I made open type feature for ligatures and kerns but I let some extra glyphs without feature. When I use those glyphs and I change the weight, the glyph doesn't change. For example, if I write "BARCELONA" with one of my extra B's, and I change the weight, it change all the word except the B.
I've been looking the generated file and it seems that those extra glyphs without feature doesn't have UICODE names, so when we change the weight, they doesn't change. I've tryied to use the option GLYPHS>GLYPHS NAME>GENERATE UNICODE but it doesn't work.
Anyone knows what can I do to generate the same UNICODE names on the three weights.

Family Stem Weights Calculator


This is a simple little tool that will help you plan the stems weights values across a 9 styles family.
Input your thinnest and boldest stems values, and it will show you a wide range of possibilities to get you started.

The first column will provide steps of equal size.
The last column will provide progressive steps.
The 3 columns in the middle will provide intermediate steps.

You can use this values as a starting point to plan your family.


Interpolation curve for multiple weights


Hello everyone!

I've already read Luc de Groot's stuff and these forum's related topics, but I'm still wondering about this.

What's the best way to calculate the values between two weights?

For instance: I have a Harline and a Heavy cut as my two extremes and I want to generate instances for the other weights. The thing is that I was these instances to be optically appealing.

Thank you in advance.

Regular or medium weight?

Dear typophiles,

I'm an amateur in type and I once read what the idea is behind the 'medium' weight, but now I forgot.

So what I'd like to learn is:

(1)What's the purpose of the medium weight, sitting between standard and semi-bold? What do people generally use it for?

(2)I want to set a letter in Minion Pro. Should I use the standard or the medium weight, or can I opt for either one?



Bold How-To

Indices : How-To : FontLab Interpolation Tutorial

Most discussions of methods to make bold letters use sans serif letters as an example. Since one of the great virtues of FontLab interpolation is that it preserves curve quality and character, I decided to use a serif example that includes curved stems and very irregular forms: Adobe Jenson Pro.

The first thing to do is to put the original outline in the mask layer (default Ctrl+M on Windows). During interpolation, FontLab will display both the result of everything you do and the original state, but having the initial glyph shape in the mask allows you to maintain a visual reference through multiple interpolation passes.